We ran a Front-Page article some months ago on the high-tension-pylon project that would stride across the Valle de Lecrín – there has been good news for its opponents.
Firstly, the said high-tension ‘motorway’ across the valley would see the cutting down of some 2,600 pine trees, which, quite apart from the visual impact to this picturesque valley, would also be arguably an ecological disaster.
When the project was put before public scrutiny, it accrued over 4,000 objections, which is probably why the Junta de Andalucía has shelved the Red Eléctrica Española project.
The given reason, on the other hand, for the Junta’s refusal was that Sevilla had asked the R.E.E. to provide certain documents, which they had failed to do within the permitted time window.
Another unofficial reason, perhaps, is that we are facing General Elections in November and the newly installed, PP-led coalition government in Sevilla is keen to be seen as the ‘good guys.’ After all, the PP was completely trounced all over Spain in the previous General Elections held in July.
Whatever the motives for the Junta shutting the project down, many in the Valle de Lecrín will be celebrating their victory.
(News: Valle de Lecrin, Granada, Andalucia)