Horrific Accident: but a defining moment?
By e-mail A car leaving a remote mountain road (perhaps no more than a single-carriage dirt track) to crash down the mountainside with potentially tragic consequences is sadly a well-known possibility, particularly when the weather is very bad and if there are no safety measures on the road.
However, one might be horrified to learn, that in this day and age, the same event could happen on an urbanisation; but that is exactly what happened recently on the Urb. Monte Pego, situated between Denia and Pego in the Alicante Province on October 18th 2017. It was not the first time such a tragedy had happened there, and it is unlikely to be the last unless drastic action is taken. But the real tragedy? It was entirely preventable.
The history of this urbanisation is key to the understanding of this event. Pego town hall gave permission in 1974 to Sr. Juan Antonio Ivars Bertomeu known as Juan Porsellanes to begin the project. It expanded into Rafol and Denia areas and over the years has grown now to some 1,300 dwellings.
Between 2002 – 2005 there has been a legal dispute between the town halls involved and the then elderly developer over the completion of the urbanisation to the correct standard. When he passed away in 2011, the town halls passed the responsibility onto the company that belonged to the families, forgetting their responsibilities for the residents living there. This dispute remains unresolved to this day.
In all those years, as confirmed by the former Mayor of Pego, Carnelo Ortola, “not one cent” [of the resident’s SUMA] has been spent on providing basic services to the urbanisation.
As in many urbanisations caught in such an impasse, disowned and neglected, the residents feel powerless. The many legal judgements handed down by the courts over the years have no effect, and are ignored in favour of more litigation. Or the developers declare themselves bankrupt, but still trade, and all