Campanillas group puts foot down over flies

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DESPERATE residents in Campanillas, near Malaga City, are stepping up their fight for a solution to the flies that have plagued them for more than 20 years.

Approximately 5,000 residents in the area, particularly in the Colmenarejo and Huertecilla de Mañas districts, have to put up with unbearable clouds of flies, which mean they can hardly bear to be outside and they constantly find the insects in their food and drink.

Although locals have been demanding a solution since 1995, nothing has been done and this year they have finally had enough.

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A statement has been issued accusing both the Junta de Andalucia regional government and Malaga City Council of failing to meet their responsibilities on the issue.

Neighbourhood association president Jose Angel Moreno declared that the problem came from nearby farms and Los Ruices rubbish dump, while another local resident, Rafael Alvarez, blamed it on a nearby chicken farm.

Meanwhile the Junta’s environmental department explained that inspections had been carried out and all farms met regulations, and the council said the same of the dump.

After threats by the association to go out in protest and cut off access to Malaga’s Technology Park along with the intention of taking their case to court, a council spokesperson announced a meeting would be held to try and find a solution.

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