The owners of the compulsorily-purchased land needed for the Teulada-Moraira Auditorium have finally been paid.
The town hall has now paid the €200,000 still outstanding in front of a notary, putting an end to legal proceedings begun years ago.
Discord began when the local government of the day, controlled by the Partido Popular, ordered the compulsory purchase of land to build the auditorium in 2004.
Four years later, a plenary council meeting approved the expropriation order. Following a series of appeals, the council gave definitive approval to the unilateral transfer of the last plot of land.
“This process began 15 years ago and should have concluded shortly afterwards,” said Rosa Vila, the present mayor of Teulada-Moraira who belongs to the Compromis party. “Despite this, the owners were still waiting to receive payment for their land.”
The town hall, now controlled by a Compromis-PSOE-Non aligned coalition, has paid out a total of €205,432.
“Once we learnt about the situation, we set to work to speed up procedures as much as possible, which is what we have now done,” Vila declared.