The television program Andalusia Direct recently visited Carmenes del Mar to talk to residents and cover the reaciot to the recent Supreme Court ruling in favour of the residents of the La Herradura urbanisations.
After a seemingly endless wait, the Supreme Court of Spain has rejected the final appeal by those responsible for the horrendous damage to the homes of the residents of Carmenes del Mar. The original verdict condeming the engineers, architects and other professionals who developed the urbanisations was handed down in November 2014, when the judge ordered the defendants to cover the full cost of repairing the constuction defects. Two appeals and more than 5 years later, the Supreme Court has at last upheld the original verdict. The Supreme Court ruling is final and cannot be appealed.
While this is good news for Carmenes del Mar, it is unfortunately not the end of the story. The defendants have filed for bankruptcy and there is no prospect of recovering the funds necessary to carry out the repairs and stabilisation work required. The home owners hope that the Junta de Andalucia ...
The daily La Mañana de la 1 television show revisited Cármenes del Mar this week in a segment that highlights once again the plight of home owners living under the threat of eviction. The dangerous condition of parts of the urbanisation continues to be ignored by the Junta de Andalucia and Almuñecar Town Hall, while the residents continue fighting for justice through the courts.
Watch the program here.
A student of Physical Geography at Durham University in the UK has chosen as the subject of her dissertation the damage to property and infrastructure caused by landslides in Carmenes del Mar. As part of her research she is inviting people who have owned or rented property in Carmenes del Mar to take part in a survey. The survey is completely anonymous, and results will be shared with the Geography Department at Durham University and a team of researchers at the University of Granada.
The survey is very short and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. If you would like to take part, you can find it at the following website: Investigating Residents' Opinions of Property Damage in Carmenes del Mar.
A court in Granada has summoned the Rodriguez-Acosta brothers, owners of the Comarex property development company that built Carmenes de Mar, to testify in court in relation to the urbanisation. In January the Provincial Court of Granada rejected the appeal of Cerro Gordo S.L., the Comarex company that was found responsible for the building defects in Carmenes del Mar and ordered to repair the damage. The company, however, has declared itself insolvent and has entered receivership. The Comarex Group have been accused of fraudulently declaring bankruptcy as a ploy to avoid paying for the repairs.
The matter is being investigated by the Granada Magistrate's court which has summoned the Rodriguez-Acosta brothers to testify on the 9th of March. The home owners who have made the fraud accusation will testify on the following day, March 10th. The judge will also hear from the official receiver in charge of the wind-up of ...
The Provincial Court of Granada has once again vindicated the residents of Carmenes del Mar by rejecting an appeal by the defendants against the sentence handed down over two years ago. On November 3rd 2014 the builders, engineers and architects involved in the construction of Carmenes del Mar were found to be responsible for the defects in the construction and were ordered to repair the urbanisations. Over two years later, the court of appeal has upheld that sentence. While this ruling is a vindication of the claims of the Carmenes del Mar home owners, they do not believe that the defendants will fulfill their responsibilities, and fully expect them to continue to delay and avoid carrying out the necessary repairs.
The residents have again called upon the Administration to carry out the repair work that were approved by the Andalucian Parliament in February 2016. In October 2016 the Andalucian ...
The Granada radio station esRadio Granada returns to the Carmenes del Mar story with another edition of the show Es La Mañana de Granada. In the program the lawyer who represents the communities in their legal actions recounts the history of Carmenes del Mar, from its beginnings in 1978 with the purchase of a plot of rustic land by a company owned by the well-known Rodriguez-Acosta family of Granada. The informative and lively discussion is well worth a listen.
Watch in full the television programme "Un Sinvivir" or "That's no way to live", where journalists from Spain's national television channel visit Carmenes del Mar and talk to some of the residents.
The Andalucian Defensor del Pueblo, or Ombudsman, has expressed serious concern at the lack of response from the political administrations to the problems in Carmenes del Mar. In a letter to the residents, the Ombudsman Jesús Maeztu confirmed that he was aware of their complaints and informed that he had initiated contacts with the relevant bodies. Mr. Maeztu has been in contact with the Delegation of Central Government in Andalucia, the Regional Ministry of Environment and Town Planning, and the Almuñécar Town Hall to express his concern that attempts to reach a consensus on how to solve the problems in Carmenes del Mar have up to now been unsuccessful. The Ombudsman has placed himself at the disposition of the three administration to facilitate an accord that would bring a solution to the more than 400 families in the urbanisations.