Articles from October 2016
The residents of Carmenes del Mar have expressed indignation at the position taken by the Andalucian Minister for Justice that the Law of Emergency Management does not cover the situation in Carmenes del Mar. In response to a question raised in parliament by Granada MP Juan Ramón Ferreira, the Justice Minister, Emilio de Llera, said that Law of Emergency Management (la Ley de Gestión de Emergencia) “is not intended to cover” the type of emergency response requests made in the non-binding resolution that was approved by the Andalucia parliament in February.
Carmenes del Mar residents dispute the minister's interpretation of the facts, and make the following points:
- The law defines a "state of emergency" and what is happening in Carmenes del Mar falls within that definition. The current State Law of Civil Protection (Ley Estatal de Protección Civil) says that ...
During parliamentary question time in the Andalucian Parliament, the Justice Minister Emilio de Llera confirmed that the Junta de Andalucia has done nothing to help the cause of the residents of Carmenes del Mar. The minister argued that the Law of Emergency Management (la Ley de Gestión de Emergencia) “is not intended to cover” the requests made in the non-binding resolution approved by parliament last February, and that consequently, the Junta “only offers collaboration and active assistance”, which presumably means that the Junta will not do anything to prevent disaster but will try to help after the fact.
A TV crew from Spanish television's España Directo programme returned to La Herradura on October 5th to report on the situation in Carmenes del Mar. The reporter, who visited Carmenes del Mar on previous occasions, noted a clear deterioration in the urbanisation since her last visit. You can watch the programme online here. The segment about Carmenes del Mar starts at 2 minutes 54 seconds.
As the drought on the Costa Tropical continues and the Almuñecar Town Hall looks for ways to alleviate water shortage problems, the residents of Carmenes del Mar face a different problem. The lack of significant levels of rainfall in the last few years has meant that the movement of the hillside and the consequent deterioration of the buildings and roads of the urbanisations has slowed. This is a temporary respite, however, as heavy rain will eventually fall and when it does the sudden rise in the water table will further land shifts and could lead to the main road through Carmenes del Mar to become impassable. Storms and heavy rain are common during autumn and winter, so the prospect of rain is once again shining a media spotlight on Carmenes del Mar. Television news crews have interviewed residents and broadcast live reports, and we hope to post links to the ...