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« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2008, 09:52 AM »
Hi Helen
Glad you got here. If you could give me the Poligono and Parcel number of that piece of land that may be usefull to us in the future.
I have a Google map of quarry site which i will have to email you as i tried posting but think its to big.
Keep in touch i wil be updating here as i get new info .
David 

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« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2008, 10:54 AM »
There is an article about this subject on the Olive Press website this week..

http://www.theolivepress.es/2008/08/08/quarry-quandary/
« Last Edit: August 10, 2008, 11:04 AM by Clive »
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« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2008, 13:24 PM »
PLATFORM AGAINST THE QUARRY  MEETING. SATURDAY 23 AUGUST

I wish  to  advise everyone  that the public meeting of the " Platform Against the Quarry" has been  brought forward to Saturday the  23 August at 8 PM in the Bibloteca .

We feel that the time frame for the Mayors decision is looming and we need to inform people of the real situation as soon as possible . 

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« Reply #23 on: August 14, 2008, 09:02 AM »
Information needed please .

We met the Lawyer last night and he has suggested we make our own Environmental Impact Assessment of the area .

Does any one have one from another site? Has anyone any experience of these things.To employ a company would be out of our reach we think.

Can anyone advise of costs of an Assessment or a company to contact.

   

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« Reply #24 on: August 14, 2008, 09:43 AM »
Morning David. Boosue may be able to advise you. She involved herself in an Andalucian road project.
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« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2008, 00:34 AM »
Hi Guys Translation  of latest from Plataforma Contra Cantera. It is a pity i cannot put on maps but they seem to large.   


What is an LIC?
It is a natural area protected by the European Community.  The Alcaparaín and Aguas mountain ranges, with a surface area of 5.574,79 hectares (equivalent to 9.291,31 football fields) have been declared Lugar de Importancia Comunitaria (LIC) (Place of Importance to the European Community) because of its variety of landscapes, because of the good state of conservation of its forests and Mediterranean underbrush, because of the diversity of animal species and because of the role which these mountain ranges play in the regulation of the water.  Part of the Los Jarales quarry and the entirety of the quarry property of Calizas Andaluzas are found within this LIC.
What is a mining concession?
It is an administrative act by which the State awards to a person a right for the exploration and exploitation of the mineral resources within a granted area of land and the ownership of the mining resources extracted.  The mining concession known as MARTINA Nº 6.347 has a surface area of 6.250.000 m2 (equivalent to 1.041,6 football fields),  delimited by a square which has 2,5 km sides.  Within this concession is found the Jarales quarry and the quarry property of Calizas Andaluzas.  The holder of this concession can exploit all of the type C (marble) resources and the owner of the Los Jarales quarry can exploit only the type A (sand and gravel) resources.
Quarry Los Jarales
The property of Cox, Howes and Salmond Incorporated, it has a surface area of 544.000 m2 (equivalent to 90,6 football fields).  It is delimited by two public paths and the Cañada Real (Royal Cattle Trail) Málaga-Ronda.  The upper portion of said parcel of land is found within the LIC Alcaparaín and Aguas mountain range, a protected natural area.


Plan General de Ordenación Urbana de Casarabonela (PGOU).
General Urban Regulatory Plan
We find ourselves in the same situation as two years ago (June 2006), since we must again give an initial approval, as it would not proceed to concede an opening license for these mining developments because the Town Hall, sheltered by the law, can suspend the concession of licenses while the PGOU is not definitely approved, with the resolutions included in the Plan.

Why has the Platform against the Quarry not contacted the villagers until now?
The Platform was constituted in September 2004 with the objective of stopping the opening of quarries in Casarabonela.  In the General Assembly held the 22 of October 2004 the Mayor declared that while he was at the forefront of the Town Hall no petition for a quarry opening would be accepted in our village.  The neighbors voted massively (92%) against the quarries in the popular consult held 6 November 2004.  As a result of this outcome the Mayor said he accepted the mandate of the village and that he would initiate the annulment of all agreements that had been made in the past, even if that were cause for civil liabilities by this Town Hall.
After the popular consult, the Platform met with the Mayor, and he pledged to solicit a judicial report, which would show the legal possibilities available to definitely finish with the subject of the quarries.
During these four years the members of the Platform and the villagers have trusted in the promise of the Mayor, and thought that work was being done to keep the pledge made to the village, and even more so considering that shortly before the municipal elections of May 2007 the Mayor again insisted on his promise to finish with the quarries.
Officially, the Platform finds out that there are two petitions for the opening of quarries in Casarabonela at the General Assembly held the 22 of July 2008.  At no time during those four years has the Mayor contacted us nor informed us of anything, neither the Platform against the quarry nor the village.


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« Reply #26 on: August 19, 2008, 10:43 AM »
Hi Two more pieces of information which i will post separately .The first relates to the actions of our Town Hall since we first found out about this in 2004 .It shows that whilst we were all sat thinking everything was safe in their hands we were in fact sleepwalking towards this nightmare.

Proceedings carried out by the controlling socialist group in relation to the quarries in the Casarabonela area of Alcaparain


October 22, 2004     Town Hall  held Extraordinary full meeting.
“ To declare officially that no application will be accepted for opening ( a quarry ) from this or any other company which decides to set up quarrying activity in our township.
This institutional commitment will be binding whilst I, Sebastián Gómez Ponce, am Mayor of this local authority. (Town Hall ) ”

November 6, 2004.  Plebiscite.
The 92% of the inhabitants who voted said NO TO THE QUARRIES.
“ If the result is against the reopening of the quarry this Mayor will accept the mandate of the people and will initiate the revocation of the agreements which were formerly undertaken, even though it becomes the liability of this local authority. (Town Hall )  “

May 12, 2005
The owners of the Los Jarales quarry again request an opening permit.

May 25, 2005
The local authority (Town Hall ) issues a ruling in which it is agreed to cancel the granting of urban permits until such action is passed by the PGOU of Casarabonela.

June 21, 2005
In opposition to this ruling the company lodges a repeat appeal.

2006  Nothing

2007  Nothing

June 12, 2008

The owners of the Los Jarales quarry again request an opening permit.

June 18, 2008
The local authority ( Town Hall ”)  requests information from the Consejería de Innovación, Ciencia y Empresa  ( Council of Innovation, Science and Enterprise )  and the Consejería de Medio Ambiente
( Council of the Environment ) concerning the situation of the case known as “ Quarry Los Jarales “

July 16, 2008
The local authority ( “Town Hall ”) requests information from the Consejería de Obras Públicas y Transportes ( Council of Public Works and Transport ) concerning the situation of the case known as “ Quarry Los Jarales “

July 22, 2008
 An  Extraordinary Full Meeting “ is held to give out information on the cases and to look for solutions That same day ,the company Calizas Andaluzas ( Andalucian Limestone ) applies for a permit to open a marble quarry and processing plant.

So we are now in a situation of the possibility  of two quarries on the same mountain Cox Howes Salmonds  Quarrying  sand and stone. On another  part of the mountain  Calizas Andaluce have  jumped on the bandwagon  to exploit the marble .   >:(

FOUR YEARS HAVE GONE BY AND THE SOCIALIST GROUP HAS DONE NOTHING !!  ANSWERS TO THE PROBLEM EXIST BUT FOR THEM TO BE EFFECTIVE THERE HAS TO BE A CLEAR AND UNSHAKING DETERMINATION WITH REGARD TO THE QUARRIES.




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« Reply #27 on: August 19, 2008, 11:08 AM »
The second post relates to the use of the Canada Real know locally as La Cola. We have found out that the use of this ancient road was granted temporally whilst the roads in this area were upgraded and made fit for use .This was  finished about a year ago and we now have a very good road to the A 357 Campillos - Malaga. It makes intersting reading when you see what happened in 1992. Shows what these companies are like. 

Much has been said about the possible use of the Cañada Real ( Málaga – Ronda ) by the lorries of the quarry company Los Jarales, in the event of said company being granted a permit to open.

On October 7, 1992, the company requested permission from the Diputación ( Regional Council ) to use the Casarabonela – El Burgo road. The Diputación asked for the following :

1. A proposal for the planning and the upgrading of the access from the quarry road to the main road.

2. A commitment to carry out widening works on bends and straight sections of said highway.

3. The lodging of a bond of 45,000,000 pesetas to repair the damage caused by the movement of heavy vehicles.

None of these documents was lodged with the Diputación, which in view of this fact, did not grant the permit which had been requested and lodged a complaint against the lorries coming from the quarry. As a consequence, the company, which had no opening permit,had to cancel its supply contracts, close the site and dismiss  its employees. The people solely responsible for these events were the owners of the quarry who, since then, have wanted to use the vía pecuaria ( animal drovers track )  in order to avoid facing up to the responsibilities asked of them by the Diputación.

The Cañada Real ( Málaga – Ronda ) has a legal width of 75 metres and stretches within this municipality for 5620 metres.  At the present time it is not demarcated. No file appears in the Delegación Provincial de Medio Ambiente ( Provincial Delegation of the Environment ) requesting the asphalting of this road with the objective of allowing the passage of vehicles for the transporting of quarry material. This use is not found amongst the compatible and complementary presumed uses of the vías pecuarias 

In addition it is a compulsory requirement that the activity proposed by the company does not disrupt the movement of livestock nor prevent any other compatible and complementary presumed uses.

Thus the Delegación Provincial would not authorise the asphalting as a necessary evil of temporary use since such a use would be contradictory to the environmental objectives proposed for the roadway in the regulations currently in force.

This information was released to us on November 19, 2004

On July 29, 2008, the Plataforma  once more requested information in writing on the use of the vía pecuaria from the Consejería de Obras Públicas y Transportes ( Council of Public Works and Transport ) and the Consejería de Medio Ambiente ( Council of the Environment ) since the company now has been granted a provisional use of the cañada real, whilst they repaired the highways MA-303 and the MA 404 ( now called the A-354 ) and these have already been upgraded.

We Have a public meeting of the Platform Against the Cantera  on Saturday night at 8 PM in the Bibloteca to inform and update people.

Slowly departments are starting to return to work and we are getting information from them. They chose their timeings well we have had great difficulty in getting info or contacting people but we are getting there now.



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« Reply #28 on: August 19, 2008, 12:06 PM »
Well some good news from this awful mess.Tonight we had a meeting of the platform and we gained two new members the head of the Party Popular and one of the council members .They are joining on a non political basis to help the fight against the opening of the Quarry.It is nice to see in this day and age that  someone can put aside their political ideals for this issue.
Also we have found out that part of the Quarry site lies within LIC we believe that this area cannot be touched, if anyone who has any more info on this please comment.

A date has been set for our first reunion which is Saturday 30 August at 8 PM.  We hope to have various speakers to inform the village of the problems of having the quarry so close to the village .So folks the best i have felt for at least a week.Lets hope we can continue on this positive note.       

The head of the local PP joining a conservation platform on a non-political basis? That's novel!
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« Reply #29 on: August 19, 2008, 12:08 PM »
Thanks for the regular updates David....

I don't see how a Cañada real can be used as an access point to the quarries... I guess the companies involved have tried to get away with what they can and have been caught out... I would say that as you have the support of the vast majority of the area you have a good chance of success...

All things in the end are generally about exploitation and money so when the proposed quarries are finally stopped for good, what use will the land be put to?

It seems to me that people need to think of something for the area that will provide employment and some kind or revenue for the town...
 
Reparation and tree planting schemes,
Small commercial beehives with associated planting of bee friendly plants
Nature studies and active nature protection from the local school, (get the kids involved so that they too wish to protect the area when we are long gone)...
Footpath construction and maintenance.
bird boxes, bat boxes, rabbit re introduction and controlled hunting.

The list of possibilities is endless......

My point is that the thinking about an alternative to the quarries needs to be done now (and probably should have been done over the last few years)... I guess the people need to blame themselves a little for not starting something similar to the above projects at the time of the mayors promises and when everyone had some positive energy...

The quarries would make a lot of money but the alternatives can enhance the social side of the community and at the very least break even on costs. I don't believe the answer is to stop the quarries and then just leave the land to its own devices.. All land needs managing in one way or another....

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« Reply #30 on: August 19, 2008, 16:21 PM »
Hi Steve yes i thought it strange but one thing i have learned in the past few months if someone says they want to support  you then take their hands off at the elbow. But keep an eye on them !!!

HI Clive totally agree. I was fooled by the very open and  public promise and thought that we were safe and yes whilst the land was not being used i was happy,it is a wonderful natural place to walk cycle or dare i say it drive through on unmade roads for hours and hours
We are now harvesting the fruits of our inactivity.and complacency over the past 4 years.
These are the areas Mr Chaves should take on as a joined up tourism ,nature, employment package and project.
The 10- 15 max jobs created by this Quarry which will be lost many times over  in the surrounding areas as farmers give up on their land,as the dust and lack of water in the area kills the Olive and Almond trees. The creation of sustainable employment could be overtaken many times over by the area coming collectively together as one.What about wardens? conservation people to manage the area? sustained woodland removal and replanting?  replanting cork oak forests ?Bird animal watching sites?  A College of Conservation become he trainers for other areas to send young people? Conventions on wildlife protection  Why not? well these take a while to bear fruit and none in Government in Andalusia looks that far forward. When someone walks in the TH asking to give them a massive fee to exploit the environment and Nature I am afraid the thought proses is one way only . :banghead:
     

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« Reply #31 on: August 21, 2008, 16:00 PM »
Greetings David and All,
Thanx for those updates, etc.
On the advice of a friend of mine who has suffered burnout from assisting, professionally, too many local-level causes, am preparing an email to send to PSOE head office on the off-chance that someone will read it before Saturday's meeting and put subtle pressure on the local PSOE leaders. People in high places like things to work smoothly at local level...

Just had a quick look over your previous postings here but couldn't find anywhere from which to get the mayor's original quotes & promises translated below. I'd like to include them in my email.
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Proceedings carried out by the controlling socialist group in relation to the quarries in the Casarabonela area of Alcaparain

October 22, 2004     Town Hall  held Extraordinary full meeting.
“ To declare officially that no application will be accepted for opening ( a quarry ) from this or any other company which decides to set up quarrying activity in our township.
This institutional commitment will be binding whilst I, Sebastián Gómez Ponce, am Mayor of this local authority. (Town Hall ) ”

November 6, 2004.  Plebiscite.
The 92% of the inhabitants who voted said NO TO THE QUARRIES.
“ If the result is against the reopening of the quarry this Mayor will accept the mandate of the people and will initiate the revocation of the agreements which were formerly undertaken, even though it becomes the liability of this local authority. (Town Hall )  “

May 12, 2005
The owners of the Los Jarales quarry again request an opening permit.

May 25, 2005
The local authority (Town Hall ) issues a ruling in which it is agreed to cancel the granting of urban permits until such action is passed by the PGOU of Casarabonela.

June 21, 2005
In opposition to this ruling the company lodges a repeat appeal.

2006  Nothing

2007  Nothing

June 12, 2008
The owners of the Los Jarales quarry again request an opening permit.

June 18, 2008
The local authority ( Town Hall ”)  requests information from the Consejería de Innovación, Ciencia y Empresa  ( Council of Innovation, Science and Enterprise )  and the Consejería de Medio Ambiente
( Council of the Environment ) concerning the situation of the case known as “ Quarry Los Jarales “

July 16, 2008
The local authority ( “Town Hall ”) requests information from the Consejería de Obras Públicas y Transportes ( Council of Public Works and Transport ) concerning the situation of the case known as “ Quarry Los Jarales “

July 22, 2008
 An  Extraordinary Full Meeting “ is held to give out information on the cases and to look for solutions That same day ,the company Calizas Andaluzas ( Andalucian Limestone ) applies for a permit to open a marble quarry and processing plant.

So we are now in a situation of the possibility  of two quarries on the same mountain Cox Howes Salmonds  Quarrying  sand and stone. On another  part of the mountain  Calizas Andaluce have  jumped on the bandwagon  to exploit the marble .   Angry

FOUR YEARS HAVE GONE BY AND THE SOCIALIST GROUP HAS DONE NOTHING !!  ANSWERS TO THE PROBLEM EXIST BUT FOR THEM TO BE EFFECTIVE THERE HAS TO BE A CLEAR AND UNSHAKING DETERMINATION WITH REGARD TO THE QUARRIES.

Regs.,
Technopat
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« Reply #32 on: August 22, 2008, 13:05 PM »
Hi Technopat Here is the Mayors statement from 2004
Thanks for your help
Esto dijo el Alcalde hace 4 años (Pleno extraordinario  y urgente celebrado el 22 de octubre de 2004):

“Ahora se nos demanda –sobre todo a mí- que me posicione y se me acusa de que estoy llevando a cabo un doble juego en función de un puñado de votos. Estas palabras, aparte de ruborizar a quien las haya escrito, personalmente no me preocupan porque tengo mis ideas muy claras y los concejales de mi grupo también. Y como quiero que los ciudadanos no tengan duda de ello, vamos a someter a la decisión del Ayuntamiento en Pleno la siguiente propuesta:

1.   Declarar oficialmente que no se va a aceptar ninguna petición de apertura para esta u otra empresa que decida instalar una actividad de cantera en nuestro municipio. Este compromiso institucional será valedero mientras yo, Sebastián Gómez Ponce, sea Alcalde de este Ayuntamiento, porque entiendo que no debo, ni puedo cerrar la autonomía de futuras corporaciones.

2.   Celebrar el día 6 de noviembre del año en curso (2004) un muestreo o consulta entre los vecinos de Casarabonela. En ella podrán participar todas aquellas personas que vivan en nuestro municipio, mayores de 16 años.

Para ello se solicitará la presencia de uno o varios representantes de cada uno de los colectivos, grupos políticos o ciudadanos en general que quieran estar presentes. Si el resultado fuese favorable a la reapertura de la cantera este Alcalde, bajo la autoridad de la que tanto se ha hablado estos días, respetará el resultado pero mantendrá su actitud de no abrir canteras mientras sea Alcalde de este municipio.

Si el resultado es contrario a la reapertura de la cantera este Alcalde aceptará el mandato del pueblo e iniciará la derogación de todos los acuerdos que en su día se tomaron, aunque ello sea motivo de responsabilidades por parte de este Ayuntamiento hasta cerrar definitivamente este episodio de nuestra historia reciente.”

Sometida a votación la propuesta manifestada en el escrito anterior se aprobó por cinco votos a favor de los concejales del grupo socialista y 2 abstenciones de los concejales del grupo popular.

De los casi ochocientos vecinos de Casarabonela que participaron en la consulta efectuada el 6 de noviembre de 2004, el 92% se pronunció en contra de la reapertura de la cantera.



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« Reply #33 on: August 22, 2008, 22:25 PM »
Greetings David,
Thanx for that. I sent off emails this morning to the PSOE and las Juventudes Socialistas (PSOE Andalusia rejected (fatal error) my email) givng the background, as I know it - and giving the gist of the mayor's exact words - and asking for explanations and an acknowledgement of my request for information. I forgot the bit about the Cañada Real, though. Received immediate standard, computer answer, and I'm sure everyone's on holiday, but we'll see...

At least you can now truthfully say that PSOE headquarters has been informed  :angel:

I was thinking about your lawyer suggesting you do an Environmental Impact Assessment - have you spoken to Malaga University? - I seem to remember that they have one of the few/the only Department of Environmental Studies in Spain - though I may be mixing up my universities - I know it's an Andalusian univ.

Apart from pointing out the obvious negative aspects of the whole thing, make an effort to stress all the advantages of not having quarries all over the place and offer the positive solutions that Clive came up with. People who've painted themselves into a corner - yer mayor - only see things negatively and are desperately floundering about praying that someone will come up with an honourable way out for them. Just give him the ideas and let him take the credit  :dancing: So what if he sticks medals on himself and announces in a week's time that he's just had this brilliant idea to open up un centro municipal de interpretación de la naturaleza and to invite Spain's leading biologists, educators, etc. to give a series of talks on the local whatever?

Good luck at tomorrow's meeting!

Regards,
Technopat

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« Reply #34 on: August 23, 2008, 08:43 AM »
Good Luck on today's meeting, Dave.
Am looking forward to hearing how things went.
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« Reply #35 on: August 23, 2008, 09:48 AM »
Fingers crossed for you today Dave

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« Reply #36 on: August 26, 2008, 18:41 PM »
Hi All
The meeting on saturday went very well as far as we were concerned, we had about a hundred mixed Spanish, German and English . Spanish were the not to well represented which was a shame and something we will have to rectify as we go on.
We also had a reporter from Sur who will do an article for hopefully all three papers.
Two members of the Platform contra  quarries from Alhurine which is an ongoing running sore in that area came.We hope to have more contact with this group as there is no point reinventing the wheel especially if you are paying for info or advice.
Paco the head of our platform gave a good and accurate view of the situation we find ourselves in and the  response of the platform after consultations with our Lawyer.I have attached his resume which he picked from about 15 pages which arrived by email that morning.
We had a German doctor born  in Andalucia who has a house here He spelled out especially to the Spanish who may not be quite so worried about the dangers of the dust and illnesses which results from exposure to it.
We had  quite a lot of very good questions raised from across the floor on various subjects
Our next step will be to now give the mayor officially the options he can take to avoid giving the licence.
From there we have to see what happens .

This is a translated resume of our lawyers opinion

CASARABONELA PLATAFORMA AGAINST THE QUARRY

LEGAL ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE OPENING OF QUARRIES

Summary of the legal report carried out by the lawyer Álvaro Ortigosa Solorzano. Avda. Antonio Machado, 26, Benalmádena Costa on behalf  of the Casarabonela Platform against the Quarry.

1. The territory ( finca ) Los Jarales is Non - Urbanizable Agricultural Dry land ( secano ). The Alcaparaín Sierra has been declared a Place of Communitary Interest ( LIC / PCI ) and is included in the Nature Network 2000.

For environmental reasons the place where the quarry is located can be redesignated within the new General Plan of Urban Ordenation of Casarabonela ( PGOU / GPUO ) as Non – Urbanizable Land of Special Protection, and as such no quarrying activity may be permitted.

The local authority ( Town Hall ) does not have to compensate the company since it is not a question of modifying or cancelling a licence which has already been granted.

2. In accordance with the  Environmental Law of July 9, 2007 the new PGOU / GPUO of Casarabonela needs the corresponding Environmental Assessment ( EA ) on behalf of the Council of the Environment. (Medio Ambiente)

If the local authority ( Town Hall ) does not redesignate these lands the Council could do it, being of the opinion that the quarry would adversely affect the environmental values it is its duty to protect.
In this case it is not necessary to compensate the company because the lack of viability of the quarry stems from causes outside the remit of the local authority ( Town Hall ).

3. The local authority ( Town Hall ) can request a new report from the Council of the Environment or from the Diputación de Málaga on the basis of the environmental considerations previously indicated ( LIC, Red Natura etc. ) and could even request a report from the Andalucian Water Agency because the quarrying activity could adversely affect the ground water in this area.

The local authority ( Town Hall ) does not have to compensate the company since it is not a question of modifying or cancelling a licence which has never been granted.

4. The local authority ( Town Hall ) can request from the Council of Innovation, Science and Enterprise the expiry of the authorisation given in due course by this body and meanwhile stop the request for a licence from opening by the company.

Since the quarry has not been operating because it had no licence to open the Quarry the authorisation which it had has now expired.

5. If the local authority ( Town Hall ) were not to use any of the previous solutions it could still continue to deny the permit to open but it would have to compensate the company.

In this case we have to make it clear that  the assets of the local authority      ( Town Hall ) may not be seized and that there exists a social guarantee fund  to meet the expenses of such situations.





 

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« Reply #37 on: August 26, 2008, 19:00 PM »
I thought this may be of interest but as part of  our assessment of the area we asked Sara and Ian from I S Travel who do bird watching trips and accomodation  in the area of the Sierra de las Nieves to do for the Platform a comprehensive list of the  bird seen from personal sightings around the proposed quarry site and surrounding area.They very kindly produced the list  attached below. Sorry if its gone a bit out of kilter.
      
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« Reply #38 on: August 26, 2008, 19:35 PM »
Hi David
Wow that is quite a list, it shows the importance of sites like this.
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Dave

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« Reply #39 on: September 03, 2008, 21:15 PM »
Hi all This article which i have translated appeared on the front page of the German Sur last weekend. Thought the commentry was good and to the point.We had hoped to put it also on Sur English but did not happen

Germans support fight against quarryA Quarry is considered to open in Casarabonela despite resident's resistance

They fear noise and dirt

Nobody can miss the slogan No a la cantera` (No to the quarry) in Casarabonela.  In big white letters on the main road and on many posters, visitors are being told what is on the minds of Casarabonela´s residents.  The little village at the foot of the Sierra de las Nieves has been declared a biosphere reserve by Unesco because of its special flora and fauna.  And it should stay that way, say the inhabitants.  They are being actively supported by German residents, who are fighting against a project which is causing heated discussions in the village.  “A quarry would ruin the village, said Ingeborg Scheffer, who is leading the local action group against the quarry.


Quarry is supposedly opening in Casarabonela despite inhabitant's resistance.

The local action group against the project issues warning as to environmental consequences

German support for campaign against quarry
No visitor to Casarabonela can miss this slogan No a la Cantera` (No to the quarry).  This is written in big white letters on the main road as you enter the village, but also on several banners and posters.  And on the T-shirts of representatives who belong to the resident's action group against the quarry.
“We have put up even more posters but many have been torn down”, said Ingeborg Scheffer from the ´Plataforma contra la Cantera`.  The German woman from Wiesbaden has lived in Casarabonela for eight years and is fighting, together with her husband Walther and other inhabitants, against the project which is causing heated discussions in the village.

Depressing déjà-vuThis problem is not new though.  Four years ago the inhabitants of the idyllic little village prevented the opening of the controversial quarry.  Out of 700 voters 92% then said no to the project.  But something is different this time.  Whilst in 2004 Mayor Sebastián Gómez Ponce confirmed the result of the vote and clearly opposed the quarry, the situation seems trickier now.  Gómez Ponce is currently not available for comment as he is on holiday until the beginning of September.
 A month ago he commented in SUR Spanish that the company with the licence to open the quarry were insisting on their right to start working the site. 
The licence had been issued to the English company Cox, Howes and Salmond over 14 years ago.  According to a source close to the Mayor, the community is now said to be checking with lawyers if they can cancel the licence.
 Apparently, they would have to pay a compensation fee of a million plus, should the opening of the quarry be denied.  Gómez Ponce has to make a decision by the end of September. 

For the opponents of the quarry these are excuses.  They are holding Gómez Ponce to his election promise.  before the vote last year the Mayor said that there wouldn´t be a quarry as long as he was in office”, says Ingeborg Scheffer.  Last Saturday her local action group held an information evening in the municipal library which was attended by about 100 residents.  The six representatives of the ´Plataforma contra la Cantera` presented their arguments against the quarry and answered questions. 

For legal reasons alone the project should be opposed, emphasises Francisco Gómez Armada, President of the ´Plataforma`.  The operating company´s licence covers an extraction area of 54 hectares.  The active quarry zone stretches as far as the peak of the Alcaparaín mountain, which is located in a Unesco-designated protected area.  So that construction activities can’t even start, the protected zone would have to be recognised as such in Casarabonela´s new local plans, said Gómez Armada.  But even without redesignation the opponents believe they are in the right.  According to the new environmental protection laws, it should be possible to cancel the licence, as the production area includes a protected pine forest.

“Furthermore, the community should commission a new environmental impact assessment, in order to protect themselves against any compensation claims the quarry company may make”, says Gómez Armada.  The last environmental report dates back to 1988.  The present environmental laws, however, demand a lot more details as to the effects of the quarry on the environment.  The community’s action group is ready for battle. 
“We will make use of every legal recourse available, adds Ingeborg Scheffer.  if need be, we'll go to the European Court.”

Commentary
Between a rock and a hard place

Unfortunately, there is no tradition of environmental protection in Andalucía.  One look at the built-up Costa del Sol shows that uncontrolled building mania has so far always taken precedence over controlled growth. Also, however, further inland in the Málaga province, people who care for the environment are on red alert.  In Casarabonela a quarry could open in the middle of a forest.  The fact that birch and olive trees are to be sacrificed to the quarry gives us food for thought.  Even more so, as studies in Spain prove that 37% of the country is affected by desertification.  It is also surprising that the Mayor of the white village in the Sierra de las Nieves, a Socialist, doesn´t step in with greater determination.  Especially after the socialist Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has placed more importance on environmental protection in the new legislative period, by declaring climate change to be a priority (and was promptly criticized by the Right).  Maybe it´s caution until the legal situation has been clarified which causes the Mayor to hesitate.  Lets hope there is no financial connection because there have been more than enough cases of corruption in Málaga.  The poorly attended information evening organised by the quarry´s opponents in Casarabonela also gives us something to think about.  Only 100 of the village´s 2500 inhabitants attended the discussion forum.  Presumably Spanish society is lacking environmental awareness and maybe a lot of Spaniards – above all the older generation – are used to accepting decisions from the top without moaning.  Here education has to fulfil an important task so that future generations place the necessary importance on environmental protection.