By Isha Sesay • 03 January 2020 • 9:10
Approximately 100 families are due to be evicted from Son Banya this year. Credit: Pere Boot
IN response to the increasing number of complaints about the destitute shanty town of Son Banya, Palma Court has confirmed that demolition of the make-shift dwelling is scheduled for the second half of 2020.
The shanty-town, which lies just a stones throw away from the centre of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, has been rife with crime and the epicentre of drug activity for the last few years, raising considerable alarm to local residents.
Home to approximately 100 families who are housed in 95 shack-like buildings, Palma City Council have now hired specialist lawyers to process eviction orders between February and June of this year which will handed out to those who live in the community, costing an estimated €247,660.
In addition, Antoni Noguera, the Deputy Mayor of Welfare, has explained that council workers will meet with each of the families next month to address their needs in relocation, where they will be given help to find an alternative place to live.
Allocating €100,000 in aid to support those who voluntarily leave the shanty-town this year, the Council will also introduce measures to ensure that the families can fully reintegrate into mainstream society through workshops and employment assistance.
Once the demolition is complete, predicted to cost a total of €900,0000, the government has planned to build a residence for senior citizens to meet the growing demand for elderly care in the capital.
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