AUAN call for emergency political leaders meeting

CONFERENCE: Some of the organisers and speakers of the Mojacar conference, where there was a large public turnout ©AUAN

FOLLOWING recent conferences in Almeria and Mojacar on irregular planning in Andalucia, non-profit organisation Abusos Urbanisticos Almanzora NO (AUAN) has called for an urgent meeting with the region’s parliamentary politicians.

According to the group, during the recent conferences it became evident immediate and basic measures needed to be taken to deal with the issue currently affecting‘some 300,000 houses in the autonomous community and perhaps up to one million people overall.’

The second conference, which took place on April 13 in the Parador de Mojacar, saw diverse authorities, associations and professionals attend the conference,including Ecologists in Action and representatives of political partieswith a presence in the Andalucian Parliament.

At the conference, AUAN presented those in attendance with a text containing changes that the association asks to be made to article 183.3 of the LOUA, to allow houses on asentamientos (houses awaiting legalisation via a town plan) to have immediate access to services, to be able to register title to their homes, and a minimum form of regularisation for social and humanitarian reasons.

And following the conference,President of AUAN, Maura Hillen stated that the group has asked for a meeting with the leaders of the Andalucian political parties to“emphasise the need for this change.”

Hillen said: “I think that there is enough political, social and economic consensuses about the need to deal with the problem and I trust that the political parties will adopt this amendment which we would like to see approved during the current parliamentary term.

“During the conference in Mojacarwe emphasised that planning law must respect the human and social rights of the citizen,and that planning has its limits where the most basic rights of people begin.

“This does not signify that the houses will be legalised, but it would take these houses out of a legal limbo, allowing them to have a form of legal recognition, and to take measures to reduce their impact on the environment.”