The Cala Llamp apartments are likely to be demolished early next year.

17-09-2013Michel's

As reported in yesterday's Bulletin, Andratx town hall now has the court order to enable inspection of apartments in Cala Llamp that a 2013 ruling decreed should be demolished. Some owners of the twelve apartments had refused to allow town hall officials access to their properties. This is needed in order to specify the demolition procedure.

The town hall, which has kept money in reserve for the demolition, estimates that it will cost half a million euros. Deputy mayor Jaume Porsell says that it should be possible for the work to be done in the first quarter of next year.

The apartments were declared illegal by the 2013 court ruling, and the building licence was annulled. This had been given in 2005 when Eugenio Hidalgo was mayor of Andratx. It might be recalled that in 2006 he was arrested as part of an investigation into illegal construction in Andratx. His arrest and subsequent conviction and imprisonment is often cited as having been the trigger for anti-corruption investigations that followed and which netted, among others, the former president of the Balearics, Jaume Matas.

In recent summers, it has been noted, the apartments have been used as holiday rentals.

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Steve Riches / Hace about 1 month

Whatever the background - and you can't always blame apartment owners if they were duped by corrupt politicians - the shortage of such accommodation is undisputed: knocking them down is plain stupid. Find an equitable solution.

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MofromRo / Hace 2 months

Very nice buildings. It's a totally stupid idea to demolish them at a cost of half a million euros. The owners must be compensated, and a use must be found for them. With so many local working people looking for permanent accommodation, it is a sin to demolish these apartments. Just proves how irresponsible our local government actually is.

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Ron / Hace 2 months

The apartment owners should be fully compensated for their loss - plus interests. The corrupt politicians should be made to pay. Andratx council should take the apartments by land acquision and rent them to local workers at non tourist rents. Demolishing is the most stupid idea possible.!

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John P / Hace 2 months

Once again politicians on the take and it's the home owners who suffer.Wonder who gets the contract for demolition ?

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Larry HENSON / Hace 2 months

Only in Spain could this happen!

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Palmadave / Hace 2 months

Full compensation paid by whom?

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Henry James / Hace 2 months

If they were legal when bought,then full compensation should be paid to all the owners,they are not responsible for any corruption that might have gone on then or since.

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