Fury over ex-minister’s dodgy pergola

Former minister of defence insists upon replacing a pergola despite promises not to, and may face a court battle after neighbours threaten to sue

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Carme Chacón, whose family is from Olula del Río (Almería) became Spain's first female minister of defence in 2008, but a row over a pergola (inset) threatens to land her in court

By David Jackson

Former socialist minister Carme Chacón is facing the wrath of her neighbours after replacing a pergola in front of her luxury villa in the exclusive Mar de Pulpí sea-front urbanisation.

Sra Chacón was minister for defence from 2008-2011 in the PSOE cabinet of José Luis Zapatero. It was towards the end of her tenure that she reportedly first installed the unauthorised pergola over her front patio just months after buying her €300,000 holiday home.

As the Almería-born politician had not sought permission to install the permanent structure, her community requested that she remove it. A request the politician refused.

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