It looks like that the farmers who have allotments on the river banks of the Guadalfeo could be losing them to the Junta.
Anybody who has driven along the N-323 where it passes through the gorge under Vélez Benaudalla will have seen the fields sown with vegetables. It’s been that way for over a hundred years but now the bureaucrats want to take it away from them.
The Mayor of Vélez de Benaudalla, Francisco Gutiérrez, fears the worse even after submitting 125 written objections to the move.
It all started some months ago when some land owners started to receive official letters from the Junta asking details of ownership. Obviously, this made everybody nervous because no good can come of a bureaucrat demanding information. So the Mayor contacted the provincial office of the Junta in Granada to find out what was going on.
According to Sr Gutiérrez, they told him that part of the land would be taken over by the Water Board. When the Mayor had a look at the plans, it marked out the loss of 90% of the farmed land on the river banks. He asked them how they could just take away private property like that, but they just verbally shrugged.
Now the only hope is that the 125 individual, written objections will have an affect on the looming decision.
Everybody remembers how the Government demolished the greenhouses on land that had been formed by a big flood in La Rábita – land that had been cultivated since the 70s.
Editorial comment: Some bureaucrats have no soul, it seem – they certainly have not shame.
(News: Velez Benaudalla, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)