Maura Hillen, homeowners’ champion, receives honorary MBE

AUAN leader recognised for her service to the British community in Spain

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Maura Hillen MBE

NEWS Staff Reporter

The leader of an association representing owners of illegal homes in Andalucia has been appointed an honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), for services to the British community in Spain.

The award to Mrs Maura Hillen, an Irish national, reflects her work as president and spokesperson of Abusos Urbanisticos Almanzora No! (AUAN), which campaigns for the legalisation of homes in the Almanzora Valley, where thousands of properties – mostly British owned – have lacked a final habitation certificate since they were built some 10 to 15 years ago.

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