Sunday, 3 November 2013
Tragic news for 200 families from La Herradura as they face having their homes demolished!! One home has had to be demolished because it was falling down and another five have demolition orders in place and 12 more have had to be evacuated. The rest see cracks in their buildings as the earth moves beneath their feet. The properties are built on the steep eastern side of a large headland called Cerro Gordo and the first question which has to be asked is whether the Cármenes del Mar urbanisation has been built on protected land as many locals believe. The huge urbanisation, which was built at the end of the nineties, has cast a large block of concrete over the headland, which at first sight anyone would ask, ‘Who gave permission for this?’ So blatant is the development. The problems of subsidence started after two years when the first properties were built, and at that time the constructors corrected the problems, shown by cracks in the separation walls between the houses and terraces and pavements lifting, straight away, because they still had more houses to sell. With the sales complete, it was a different story with request for repair left unattended.