Hor­rific Ac­ci­dent: but a defin­ing mo­ment?

Costa Levante News - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

Novem­ber 7

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

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