‘Oversights’ lead to suspension

A CIVIL servant at Zurgena Town Hall has been found guilty of corrupt practice for having produced technical reports in favour of building of 94 homes on land in Las Cabreras where construction was not permitted.

The sentence from Almeria’s number four criminal court comes after the Provincial Courts partly rejected a sentence letting the former council off after they were accused of allowing the illegal building to go ahead.

Now, the defendant has been banned from public office for three and a half years and fined €360. He will not, however, have to pay damages to the British purchasers of the homes on the Lemon Tree Island Botanic Resort, who had paid approximately €649,000 in advance.

The judge rejected the private prosecution’s request for the defendant, along with Zurgena Council and New Medina Villa, to return the payments, stating the accused had no responsibility to that respect.

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    • José Luis Jerez

      26 November 2016 • 08:24

      All the properties in Cabrera are LEGAL.
      Much is recently being falsely speculated over the legality of Cabrera.
      Mr. Morales, Mayor of Turre, destructive and determined obsession in bringing down this most beautiful and unique urbanization, that he will stop at nothing even if it means prejudicing the villagers and Serranos of Turre.
      There is absolutely nothing illegal about Cabrera, which is more than can be said of the dozens of properties in the surrounding area of the village and the sierra, he should be very careful in opening Pandora’s box, and should consider who in reality his actions is going to affect.

      Cabrera is fully legal, it has its Plan Parcial approved in 1978, Junta de Compensación, approved in 1993, Proyecto de Urbanization approved in 2002, and every single house has had its proyecto presented to the College of Architects with the building license granted by the town Hall, as well a paying I.B.I. All the properties have asphalted roads, main sewage to 2 legalised treatment plants, water, electricity and street lighting, and are very well maintained.

      The electricity issue has nothing to do with the town hall, it is a dispute between Endesa and Cabrera, which has been debated and negotiated for some time and hopefully soon, will be resolved.

    • José Luis Jerez

      26 November 2016 • 08:25

      Cabrera is efficiently administered by the 7 volunteers Delegados representing the Junta de Compensación, which is acting exclusively as a Junta de Conservation, this decision was unanimously insisted by the owners back in 1993 when the Junta and its statutes had to be unanimously accepted, and has been agreed unanimously for the past 33 Annual and Extraordinary General Assemblies. This appropriate agreement is not illegal, it simply has not been contemplated in planning law, perhaps now this unique situation may well be.

      It’s an extremely fair arrangement for all the owners which do not wish to be considered developers and be liable for unknown amounts for future new infrastructure cost, and the developers do and have recognized that all new infrastructures is their responsibility.

      Equally it must be said, since the formation of Cabrera, Not one single owner has ever been charged for infrastructure, the annual charge that owners contribute are lower than most similar urbanizations and are exclusive for the upkeep and services.

      José Luis Jerez
      Treasure of the Junta de Compensación Cortijo Cabrera, Polígono 1.


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