Camposol Residents Association
After seeking information regarding Camposol developer Masa’s seeming inactivity in completing Sector A at a time when the expected adoption by the Mazarron administration was fast approaching, we were surprised at some of the disclosures that were made by a council representative.
The first revelation was to hear that the sector would be accepted for adoption prior to its satisfactory completion, this being totally at variance with both what we have been led to believe would happen and what we understand is necessary to meet legal requirements. Apparently the reason given for this situation is to allow Masa carry out the required remedial work to the roads on A and B at the same time and this would result in a more cost effective option by reducing the surfacing contractor & their equipment to one visit. However this does not explain why Masa are absent rather then simply continuing to progress on Sector B. When this point was made the reply was rather vague but did seem to suggest that it revolved around financial issues.
It was then disclosed that the cost of the necessary work to complete the urbanization is not as we believed being paid by Masa but by the council from the performance guarantee/bond; “Masa has no money’” being quoted. How & when the present administration gained access to this money was not revealed but the amount was stated as being approximately four million euros. The allocation of this amount was said to be, Sector A, one hundred and sixty thousand euros, Sector B, two hundred and sixty thousand euros, Sector C, seven hundred and forty eight thousand euros and Sector D, two million, eight hundred and forty eight thousand euros.
While this may far exceed the available guarantee sums that had previously been put forward by former Mayor Blaya and his team, it is far short of the required fifteen million euros that had been expressed by the very same source of this new information in June of last year.
As well as many questions and concerns arising from these findings there is also be some degree of disappointment in that what appears to be contrary to the councils stated policy of open government the CRA have to probe for information that should be more readily offered.
Camposol Residents Association
At the CRA’s last meeting with the Mayor in January we were informed that with the proviso of Masa’s work being acceptable then sector A should be handed over by the end of February and the developer would then move on to sector B. As far as we are aware, work to bringing street lighting, landscaping and road markings have received attention on sector A but nothing seems to have been, or is, taking place to bring the road surfacing up to standard. Perhaps with a concerted effort by Masa the Mayor’s forecast could still be realised but at the time of compiling this article, approximately a third of February has elapsed and with seemingly no evidence of Masa’s presence on A sector at this time, it is looking ever more likely that the projected date will prove to have been overly optimistic. If this situation continues we will no doubt be looking for some assurances from the Mayor when we next meet.
Another of the citizen’s participation meetings was held on January 25th at the Camposol Community Centre and this time the Council lawyer was present. Originally the idea of these events was to keep residents of the whole of Mazarron informed of council plans, on Camposol however they have for the most part become a question and answer session covering the usual problems of escrituras, the rambla issue, demolition orders, embargoes, etc. CRA Chairman Bob Owen who attended for what was intended to be observation purposes, formed the opinion that for the most part there was little new from that which has been covered before in our own meetings with the Mayor. However he did feel obliged to intervene when the lawyer said that the solicitors acting for residents who bought on D32 should have made them aware of the problems and that they should be challenged. Bob somewhat forcibly pointed out that that owners bought in good faith, paid good money to solicitors and agents to act on their behalf. He did not consider that individuals should be put to the expense of consulting solicitors when all the problems were caused by the previous administrations failure to control Masa or its employees responsible for supervising the developer. He made it quite plain that it is the current council’s responsibility to solve all the legal issues as they have promised to do. The lawyer did then state that he was working towards legalising the whole of Camposol.
Bob wants to point out that It is important that individuals take the trouble to attend these meetings and raise queries, challenge answers given and seek assurances from the council representatives. To just rely on the CRA Chairman to intervene on their behalf sends the wrong signal to the council and undermines the whole object of these participation meetings.
Further to CRA Committee member Peter Pitt raising the matter of providing land for a football pitch on Camposol at the January meeting, we are pleased that the council have subsequently agreed. However the land that has been offered is not considered as suitable and Peter will be having talks with Councillor Jose Gomez, Minister for Foreigners with a view to finding an alternative location.