Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Spanish NIMBYs fighting back
British couple sentenced to eight months in Spanish prison for building retirement villa on protected land
David and Janet Hartshorn illegally built a large house on protected land near the Costa del Sol town of Torrox, a judge ruled. Speaking at the property under threat of demolition, Mrs Hartshorn said she had not yet been informed of the judge's ruling. 'This is terrible news,' she said. 'I am very upset by this. We haven't been told anything about the result of the court case. We have a meeting with our solicitor on Wednesday. The house was built nine years ago and people are still building houses illegally round here.'