Election Brits

Fecha Publicación: 
5 Enero 2011

Two British campaigners in the Axarquía to stand as councillors

Costa del Sol News | Noticia

TWO BRITISH members of an Axarquía group fighting the Junta de Andalucía in the row over illegally constructed homes are to stand as candidates in this spring's municipal elections.  Their decision comes as the Partido Popular urged foreign nationals to participate in the vote.

The organisation Save Our Homes Axarquía (SOHA) announced last week that its president Phillip Smalley and press officer Gary Miles are to stand as Partido Andalucista candidates in the municipality of La Viñuela for the May 22 election.  The group represents homeowners in the area who have discovered that some construction licences issued by town halls were later revoked by the regional government, rendering the properties illegal and threatening them with possible demolition.

Last year a former mayor of La Viñuela, one of the municipalities most affected by the Junta's threats, was banned from holding public office for over 15 years and fined 13,500 euros after being found guilty of issuing licences for building on land classified as unsuitable for development.  Last month it was reported that Juan Millán could also face another six offences related to building licences issued for construction without the normal procedures being followed.

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