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.
Last night's edition of the television programme Teleobjetivo, titled "Un sinvivir" ("That's no way to live" in English) featured a segment about some of the residents of Carmenes del Mar and the ruinous state of the houses they live in. You can watch the programme online with the following link:
The segment about Carmenes del Mar starts at 34 minutes 53 seconds.
The Spanish television series Teleobjetivo, whose journalists report on social issues in Spain, has made a program about the problems faced by the residents of Carmenes del Mar. The program will be broadcast this coming Friday night/Saturday morning, November 4th, on TVE1 at 00:15. If you miss the show don't worry, you will be able to watch it online after it airs. We will post a link here when it becomes available.
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 ...
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 ...
The residents of Carmenes del Mar are spending yet another summer of uncertainty and fear, more than 5 months since the Andalucian parliament approved a proposition to carry out emergency repair works to halt the deterioration of the urbanisation. The February parliamentary vote proposed the formation of a technical panel of experts comprised of representatives from the three administrations, (the Almuñecar town hall, the Junta de Andalucia and Spain's central government). Since then the panel has met just once, in April, and both the Carmenes del Mar residents and the Almuñecar town hall have submitted their technical reports to the group. However, neither the Junta de Andulacia nor central government have responded with reports of their own. "Until that happens, the political panel who will have to begin provide solutions to the 415 affected families, cannot meet", according to Ricardo Lopez, spokesperson for the Carmenes del Mar residents.