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
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.