Cortijo Cabrera land grab bid stalls

• Confidential council report advises against 'costly' move • But mayor Morales warns residents 'current situation is illegal'

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Mayor Martin Morales has warned Cortijo Cabrera residents about the legal status of their homes

By Richard Torné

Turre mayor’s land grab bid in Cortijo Cabrera has hit the buffers following a confidential council report advising against the move on economic grounds, Costa Almería News can reveal.

As reported exclusively in this paper in February, mayor Martín Morales said he wants the council to take over the running of Cortijo Cabrera and Cortijo Grande, two separate residential areas in the Cabrera mountains which are home to some 400 expats, arguing that the developers have failed to complete the area’s infrastructure.

Mayor Morales wants to complete the urbanisation of both areas (each of which is divided into two sectors) as part of a ‘land grab’ move, officially known as a ‘junta de co-operación’, meaning the council would seize control and oblige residents either to pay for infrastructure costs or have land expropriated as an alternative.

But Sr Morales last week admitted he faced an uphill struggle to implement the move in at least one area – polígono (zone) one in Cortijo Cabrera – following the findings of a confidential council report.

The document, which CA News has had access to, said it “did not recommend” the council take over zone one of Cortijo Cabrera, where some 200 residents live, as the council “lacks the resources” to finance the move.

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