Following on from the previous articles on the Anfi Tauro Beach Project, disturbing footage has just come in from the people who live there.
As stated before, no real research was done to explore the impact on the area this man made beach would have, we have already heard reports of the marine environment having been changed. Now we have the residents and their homes being flooded.
The question now has to be asked, how did Anfi get the permissions to build this beach with total disregard to how it would impact the people and the environment?
At present it is down to pure speculation and local gossip as to how the licences and permissions were gained, after all the head of one department did lose his job. The Guardia Civil and its specialist nature protection unit SEPRONA, are investigating, it will be interesting when this is complete.
They also point out there is evidence of severe irregularities in certain paperwork, lacking the corresponding minutes regarding ownership. They highlight that there had also been a failure to conduct a hearing from those affected and have called it a very serious oversight in procedure.
The organisation consider there are also deficiencies in the municipal licences and administrative records are inconsistent with sectoral reports and contains gaps in the reports required. Ben Magec also emphasises that these abnormalities are very serious as in his words involve “a clear benefit to a private company to the public interest”.
Apart from the serious impact of the works on the coastline, environmentalists estimate that the marine environment has been affected by these works. They blame the amount of excavations and extractions and the discharge of aggregates into the sea, impacting negatively on the ZEC Gaza marina de Mogan. This area of special protection is only 300 meters from the works in progress.
They have already reported on changes in the habitats and some of the species contained in this zone. These also include species that are listed as vulnerable and are listed in the List of Wild Species under Special Protection and Endangered Species Catalog.
The organisation has urged the prosecutor to act on its own initiative as there are serious suspicions and disproportionate actions by the administration in favour of private interests against those of the public interest.
So far over 70,000 tonnes of Saharan sand has been used in creating the beach, which is now 300 meters long and 50 meters wide. It has cost around 6million euros, with a marina of 300 berths still to be built, there are also plans for new hotels with around 7,500 bed capacity to be built. What impact this will have on the marine environment is still not known.
So this now begs the question, how have these licences and permissions been allowed to go through? We already know the Lyng´s are not that environmentally friendly, this is borne out by the regular hunting safaris they take part in. (see link at foot of the page). Could we be seeing another round of investigations surrounding malpractice in the Anfi Empire?
What effect is this also going to have on the Anfi Group, bearing in mind the numerous claims in court and the Supreme Court rulings against them? It is reported that already the law firm CLA has secured around 18.4million euro in judgements for their clients against Anfi. If this project is found to be illegal then it is another huge sum that you the owners will be having to cover with your maintenance fees. This is a story we will be watching very closely, and we will bring you the latest as it comes to light.
How much worse can it get for the Anfi Group? Just as we have seen even more rulings from the Supreme Court against the timeshares sold by Anfi, and the numerous cases being brought by the law firm Canarian Legal Alliance, we now have a new investigation. This time it concerns the Anfi project at Tauro Beach in the municipality of Mogan.
The Guardia Civil have challenged the legality of the authorisations granted to Anfi to occupy over 3km of the coast. SEPRONA, which is the Nature Protection Service run by the Guardia Civil have been conducting an investigation into the Anfi Group who are the promoters of the project since work began in February this year.
The Anfi Group which is a partnership between the Lyng family and the Construction Company Santana Cazorla, have been given a 50 year tenureship of the area. With the project having an impact on several homes and a camp site which need to be relocated, but this has hit problems. Two reasons have been given for this, one is that the proposed relocation site would disconnect them from the community and that it also overlaps the site for the planned roundabout for access to the beach.
The partners themselves are no stranger to controversy, in the past there have been hints and allegations into possible corruption, although nothing was actually proven. Could this be the tip of another allegation? After all, for the Guardia Civil to be investigating it must be serious, only time will tell. (see link to previous article The Great ANFI Battle of the Partners)
We shall be keeping an eye on this case as it develops, La Provincia is renowned for chasing stories such as this and is widely read. For a more in depth report follow the links below, one is for La Provincia, the other is to the English translation of the story published in The Canary News.