Expensive White Elephant

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Expensive White Elephant

COMPULSORY PURCHASE: Generalitat ordered to pay more for Ciudad de la Luz land Expensive white elephant

THE Ciudad de la Luz film studios will cost the Generalitat another €20 million in compulsory purchase payments.

Built by the present regional government’s predecessors on the outskirts of Alicante City, the studios-which have become an expensive white elephant-were on course to become Spain’s Hollywood when they were inaugurated in 2005.

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They closed in 2012, after Britain’s Pinewood Studios complained to the European Commission that Ciudad de la Luz received public money from the regional government.

The Alicante studios were then ordered to repay €256 million. The Generalitat has already paid the landowners €10 million.

The Valencian Community’s Upper Court of Justice has now ordered the regional government to make a total payment of €45 per square metre for the 2 million square metre site.


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Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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