Concerns raised about squatters

parents: Protested at the school gates.

Angry parents are fed up with unlawful tenants residing in San Pedro public school.

WITH housing prices consistently high across the Marbella Region, some have taken the law into their own hands and have resorted to squatting in schools.  

Currently there are a number of unlawful tenants residing in a San Pedro public school near Marbella, who are, in fact, offspring of former teachers. The properties on the school grounds are intended for teachers who do not live nearby. 

Some parents have raised concerns because one of the squatters has a breed of dangerous dog which he bathes in the childrens’ drinking fountain. 

The situation has been ongoing for a number of years with parents first reporting it to the town council 14 years ago. However nothing has changed, resulting in angry parents protesting at the school gates. There are also talks of further protests in the coming weeks if the situation does not get resolved. 

Marbella Education Councillor Rafael Piña assured they have already started the procedures for the eviction, with the collaboration of the Local Police and Health Department. 

A letter from one parent to the town council read: “The problem appears when a teacher retires and their children stay in the house. 

Apart from not having to pay water supply, electricity and other taxes, the person has a key of the school for going in and out anytime he wants. Moreover, this person has a dangerous breed of dog and bathes it in the fountain where the children drink.”

The town council have said they are keeping an eye on the dog and how it is handled. They have said the owner walks it with a leash and a muzzle. Currently there are no restrictions of dogs in schools. 

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