Published in the Camposol District Journal – Nov 2011
As most of you are probably aware that after the preliminary meeting on July 7th first of intended the councils bi-monthly open meeting was held on September the 11th at the Camposol Community Centre.
As reported in last months article, when CRA chairman Bob Owen had made certain enquires to Camposol Mayoress Kelly Ensor regarding the councils plans for the urbanization, he was informed that “All will be revealed in September.” However rather then the anticipated announcement that would unveil the councils intentions at the meeting those present were merely invited to offer their own opinions, questions and suggestions regarding services on Camposol. Predictably this then led to a myriad of questions and concerns associated with a multitude of issues and the inevitable outcome was that for the most part the major issues were denied a suitable amount of time and focus.
For those that might be looking for some positive news regarding the rambla/escritura situation they will be disappointed. When the matter of an update was raised by the CRA the response from the top table seemed to be affected by a degree of confusion and uncertainty. As well as spending time explaining much of what we already new of the circumstances the council introduced some added compactions to the issue by seemingly stating the necessity of involvement of both national and regional governments in resolving the problem. Up until now we had always been led to believe that the Confederacion Hidrografica along with Masa and the council were the only key players, however a request to the council officers for further explanation went unheeded. After the considerable time and effort the CRA have put into pursuing this subject over a number of years, the fact that perhaps the solution is even further away then that was ever imagined is very disappointing.
Without a doubt whether you receive demands for the payment of IBI tax on Camposol is a bit of a hit and miss affair at present. It is known that there are a number owners who by reason of being denied their escrituras for various reasons, are at this time not liable, however during the course of answering a related question it was surprisingly announced that only nine hundred properties on the urbanization (approximately 20%) are in fact paying the tax. This probably means that something in excess of three quarters of a million euros annually are being lost to local and regional administration coffers.
As well as an undertaking for Sector A to have operational streetlights by the end of October it was stated that the sector will be adopted during the first third of next year.
Our Spanish committee member Jose was able to highlight a translator’s misinterpretation when Pepe Gómez by apparently using an Andalusian idiom was thought to have suggested that the street lighting on all of the urbanization will be reinstated by Christmas. When considering the situation this must realistically be considered as extremely unlikely and we will now have to attempt to get further clarification.
An assurance was made that there will be no costs for the provision of services on Camposol other than IBI.
After three months of talks with Masa the council now claim to be close to reaching an agreement. They reiterated a previous statement that the developer will not be permitted to continue any further development until they have fulfilled all their other obligations on Camposol.
The issue surrounding Aqualia and the water supply will be resolved in the first quarter of 2012.
The next meeting is scheduled for November 16th and it is planned that there will be a lawyer present. Any questions should be previously submitted to Tatiana at the council office on Camposol.