Carmenes del Mar

Website of the Communities of Property Owners in La Herradura, Granada

Number of houses designated "in ruins" increases to 24

Thu, 28/01/2016 - 13:25 -- admin

The number of houses in Carmenes del Mar officially designated by the Almuñécar Town Hall to be in a state of ruin has increased to 24. That is the number of home owners who have been issued with eviction notices, although residents expect that the number could increase to 40 houses over the coming months. Meanwhile, the recent earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale that was felt in La Herradura, and the inevitable heavy rains that will eventually end the current drought conditions, bring into sharp focus the need to immediately carry out the precautionary measures ordered by the courts over 18 months ago.

Read more in Spanish in 24 viviendas de los Cármenes del Mar, oficialmente en ruina.

Andalucian Parliament to debate whether to intervene in Carmenes del Mar

Mon, 21/12/2015 - 11:36 -- admin

The Popular Party (PP) has presented a Non-binding resolution to the Andalucian Parliament, asking for a state of emergency to be declared in Carmenes del Mar, and for the precautionary measures to be implemented in order to eliminate the risk of further damage to the urbanisation. If the resolution is approved, there may finally be some light at the end of the tunnel for the residents of Carmenes del Mar.

In parliamentary procedure, a Non-binding resolution (Proposición no de ley) is a formal written proposal by a member of parliament that the assembly take certain actions. The resolution (or motion) may be subject to a public debate in parliament or to a review by the appropriate committee, depending on the type of action being proposed. The Carmenes del Mar resolution will be reviewed by the Andalucian Justice & Interior Affairs committee, and will be either approved ...

Carmenes del Mar in the news again

Tue, 08/12/2015 - 17:23 -- admin

A flurry of news coverage has resulted from the recent decision by Almuñecar Town Hall to declare a State of Emergency in Carmenes del Mar. Among the news stories has been a detailed article in Ideal newspaper that includes some of the foreign owners who have been served with eviction notices. Unfortunately there is no online version of the article available, but we have attached here some photocopies of the relevant pages.

Among the TV coverage was a short segment that aired on Spain's main TV channel, TVE. The following link contains the piece, starting at 2 minutes 25 seconds: Andalucia News 07/12/2015

Town Hall declares state of emergency in Carmenes del Mar

Tue, 24/11/2015 - 12:20 -- admin

The ongoing drama of Carmenes del Mar took an unexpected and serious turn on Friday when the Almuñecar Town Hall declared a state of emergency in the area. The declaration of the state of emergency was communicated to the Local Police, the Fire Department and Civil Protection unit of Almuñecar.  Municipal workers were dispatched to the urbanisation where they proceeded to seal off a number of houses and erect barriers along the worst affected streets and footpaths. The decision to implement these drastic measures was taken on foot of a report issued by technicians from the municipal engineering and housing department.

As well as sealing of dangerous buildings and footpaths, a number of residents of Pueblo were issued with eviction notices and given five days to vacate their homes. The owners, who include Spanish, Irish and British citizens, expressed a mixture shock, upset and anger at the turn of events. ...

Government representative promises to push for multilateral intervention in Carmenes de Mar

Mon, 21/09/2015 - 11:23 -- admin

At a meeting last Friday between a delegate for Spain's Central Government and representatives of the Carmenes del Mar residents, Santiago Perez Lopez, the government's delegate for the province of Granada, pledged to push for a coordinated initiative between Central Government, the Junta de Andalucia, and Almuñecar Town Hall. Perez Lopez promised to promote further multilateral meetings with representatives from the three administrations (local, regional, and central) with the goal of agreeing a series of interventions to ensure that the urbanisation survives the winter.  

Read more in the online editions of Ideal (El Gobierno coordinará actuaciones para ayudar a los 400 dueños de la urbanización Cármenes del Mar) and Granada Hoy (Reunión a 3 bandas para garantizar la seguridad en los Cármenes del Mar). ...

Press roundup

Tue, 15/09/2015 - 13:41 -- admin

A number of newspapers, both online and print versions, have published in recent days articles about the current status of Carmenes del Mar. The latest coverage focuses on renewed calls by the residents of Carmenes del Mar to Spain's central government and  the Junta de Andalucia, to take on the repair works (medidas cautelares) ordered by the judge earlier this year. The judge found the defendants responsible for the damage to the urbanisations, and ordered them to carry out precautionary measures to repair and make safe the houses, roads, and services infrastructure. The defendants, now declaring bankruptcy, have not complied with the court order.

Below is a selection of links to the online articles:

Radio interview on Canal Sur's "Granada Hora Sur"

Tue, 15/09/2015 - 11:30 -- admin

On September 14th Ignacio Martin, a resident of Carmenes del Mar and spokesperson for the communities was invited to appear on Canal Sur radio's Granada Hora Sur program. In the interview Ignacio tells how once more the neighbours of Carmenes del Mar have reached out to both Central Government and the Junta de Andalucia, to ask that they step in and carry out the repair works ordered by the judge in the case against those responsible for the building defects in Carmenes del Mar. The medidas cautelares (precautionary measures) ordered by the judge before the summer compel the defendants to carry out the necessary repair works to prevent further damage to houses and infrastructure, but the defendants, claiming bankruptcy, have not complied with the order.

Listen to the 5 minute interview on the Canal Sur website by selecting September 14th on the calendar. The interview starts at 38 ...

Neighbours once again ask the Government for help

Wed, 26/08/2015 - 11:27 -- admin

Residents of Carmenes del Mar have once more asked the Junta de Andalucia to intervene and to begin the repairs that are necessary to halt the further destruction of houses and infrastructure in Carmenes del Mar. In a letter to Sandra Garcia, Central Governments representative in the Junta de Andalucia. the owners remind Garcia of an earlier meeting in which she urged them to wait for the outcome of the judicial process before counting on the Junta's help. The judge has ruled in favour of the Carmenes del Mar owners in both the main case against the constructor, architects and engineers involved in the construction of the urbanisations, as well as in the parallel "Precautionary Measures" case, but there is a real risk that the repairs ordered by the court will not be carried out, because of the insolvency of those responsible, and the lengthy appeals process. To prevent further ...

Summer media coverage of Carmenes del Mar

Thu, 20/08/2015 - 12:53 -- admin

As the summer goes by and another autumn with the potential of heavy rain approaches, the Spanish media continues to show interest in the plight of the residents of Carmenes del Mar. An episode of the Espejo Público show on Tele 5 aired in early July, and included interviews with local residents who noted that for generations it was common knowledge that the hillside on which Carmenes de Mar was built was moving. Unfortunately we cannot link to the video here.

More recently, an article in Granada Hoy once again focuses on the problems experienced on a daily basis by some of the most affected residents: "Vivir bajo tierra movediza (Living on shaky ground)".

Judge accepts aval to allow precautionary measures to be carried out

Sat, 13/06/2015 - 13:38 -- admin

The judge in the Carmenes del Mar case has accepted the aval presented by the property owners, thereby clearing the way for the precautionary repairs, ordered almost a year ago, to be carried out. In July 2014 the judge ordered 4.5 million euros worth of repairs and maintenance work to be carried out, to be financed by the defendants in the case, but backed by a 1 million euro guarantee or 'aval' provided by the Carmenes de Mar owners. 

Read more (in Spanish) at La juez acepta el aval para ejecutar las medidas cautelares.