The Ministry intervenes

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The Ministry intervenes
CALA MOSCA: Orihuela Costa’s only remaining unbuilt coastal area Photo credit: inspain.org

SPAIN’S Ministry of Transport ordered Orihuela city hall to revoke permission to build more than 2,200 properties in Cala Mosca.

These plans, confirmed last September, are already opposed not only by opposition parties on the city council like CLARO or Cambiemos Orihuela, but also residents anxious to save the last unbuilt kilometre of Orihuela Costa’s coastline.

The Ministry of Transport’s opposition is based on the development’s effect on the already-saturated N-332 main road, which Carreteras (General Directorate for Roads) spelled out in an unfavourable report in August 2019.

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There were deficiencies in city hall’s Traffic Study, the report argued, as plans failed to present “correctly and coherently” the N-332’s protection zones.  The report also complained that the study did not establish noise pollution measures but although city hall produced another Traffic Stud, this again failed to meet with Carreteras’ approval.

Last July the Roads authority issued yet another report, announcing that its decisions were binding, prompting the development company to complain in writing about the Ministry report.

The company also requested a meeting with the Roads authority although according to reports in the provincial media, the promoter and Carreteras are already in talks to reach agreement regarding the development’s road links.


Meanwhile, Carreteras maintains that by definitively approving Cala Mosca project, Orihuela city hall has disregarded highways’ legislation while ignoring the unfavourable reports.

The Ministry now wants city hall to annul last September’s go-head without ruling out legal action, should it not comply.

 


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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