News Ur­ban­i­sa­tion wins fight for mains drainage link

Dé­nia coun­cil told by court to hook up La­guna Beach res­i­dents at its own cost, but plans to ap­peal

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Sa­man­tha Kett

HOME­OWN­ERS on a Dé­nia ur­ban­i­sa­tion have won their court case and the coun­cil has been or­dered to hook them up to the mains drainage – at its own cost.

The 28 res­i­dents on the La­guna Beach com­plex on the C/ Mar Jónica – part of the Las Mari­nas stretch – had been bat­tling the lo­cal author­ity for five years and even ap­plied to the re­gional om­buds­man.

Whilst the Va­len­cian gov­ern­ment 'com­plaints syn­di­cate', or Síndic de Greuges agreed with the res­i­dents, its ver­dicts are not bind­ing and forced own­ers to re­sort to le­gal ac­tion.

As their homes are more than 100 me­tres from the mains, they are not among those re­quired by a lo­cal byelaw to link up to the sys­tem within a set time limit.

But they want to be on the mains be­cause the cost of emp­ty­ing their sep­tic tanks adds a huge fee to their free­hold payments.

Yet the cost of hook­ing up to the pub­lic drains would be pro­hib­i­tive at around €120,000 – and even then, the new net­work would be coun­cil prop­erty, not that of the ur­ban­i­sa­tion.

A court in Ali­cante has ruled that Dé­nia coun­cil must ar­range for the drainage sys­tem to be ex­tended to reach the front gates of the 150 or so homes, and own­ers will pay the rest.

Dé­nia coun­cil, who had pre­vi­ously of­fered to pay just 10% of the full bill, in­tends to ap­peal.

They say the prob­lem is that only some of the La­guna Beach houses want to link up to the drainage sys­tem, whereas if ev­ery­one was will­ing, it would be more af­ford­able for ev­ery­one.

But the res­i­dents' as­so­ci­a­tion says those who do not wish to con­nect to the mains would have agreed to do so if the pipes were not so far away.

De­spite its re­fusal to hook up La­guna Beach, Dé­nia coun­cil still in­tends to spend over €300,000 on link­ing other parts of the town to the mains.

Sec­tions of Las Ro­tas, the Marineta Cas­siana beach as far as the Jávea road fork, and chunks of Las Mari­nas other than La­guna Beach will soon have ac­cess to pub­lic drainage.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties say Las Ro­tas and the Montgó are the ar­eas where the mains are most limited and home­own­ers have to rely on sep­tic tanks.

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