Peaceful protest for Priors

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BRITISH homeowner’s association, AUAN, has planned a peaceful demonstration in the Plaza Mayor outside Vera Town Hall, on May 19 at 12pm in support of Helen and Len Prior, whose home was demolished without compensation in 2008 after being declared illegal.

The gathering, AUAN president and Albox Councillor Maura Hillen explained, is to ask the authorities to find a way to put an end to the couple’s ordeal once and for all.

As recently reported by EWN, the Priors have been waiting for more than eight years now for justice after losing their home through no fault of their own. Although they were recently awarded some compensation from Vera Council, it was nowhere near as much as they had requested and the council has appealed the verdict.

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Hillen said: “We are also asking the public authorities to promote further legislative changes to give greater legal certainty to the property market. As a matter of urgency, we are asking that the reliability of the land registry be extended to include everything that affects a property, including planning issues.”

No longer just a matter for the expats, the situation of illegal homeowners in the area and the plight of the Priors has now reached the hearts of Spaniards too, and bus loads are expected to travel to the protest from all over the country to provide their support in response to a request from AUAN for as many people as possible to attend to get the point across.

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