We are demanding respect to be shown for all the private property now classified as public land according to this coast demarcation and our position is based on the following arguments:
1- The buildings were legally constructed and conformed to all the correct regulatory and licensing guidelines All these buildings have the required licences of the Main Town Hall and in some cases, the Coast Department also granted its authorisation for their construction (previously this license was not required).
2- All these buildings blend into the island’s landscape. These are small buildings, essentially no more tan two floors high.
3- Many of these buildings form part of the island’s history.
4- Many of these buildings are interlinked with the tourism industry that represents a major pillar of the island’s economy.
5- The long term destruction of all houses classed as public land means a higher concentration of people in the island’s main villages.
6- This coast demarcation affects no more than 30% of the island’s surface and has not taken into account its physical and multi-dimensional characteristics.
7- This method of transforming of private property into a “free concession” leaves affected parties with no form of economic compensation. This situation is particularly serious on our island where new construction is very limited and where the cost of new houses is far higher than the Spanish average.
8- This demarcation is UNFAIR and BIASED in some areas. Furthermore, it does not distinguish between fixed dune, mobile dunes and rocks. Our conclusion is that it is confusing the concept of coastal protection with the protection of nature.
Ø WHERE IS THE DEFENCE OF THE PRIVATE PROPERTY OF SPANISH CITIZENS AS STIPULATED IN OUR CONSTITUTION?
Art.33.1 “recognises the right to private property and to its inheritance”.
Ø WHERE IS THE RESPECT FOR THE RIGHT OF PRIVATE PROPERTY STATED IN THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS?
Ø IN WHICH WAY HAS THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT CONSIDERED THE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES OF INSULARITY OF OUR ISLAND CLAIMED IN THE SPANISH CONSTITUTION?
Art.138 “The Government guarantees the effective realisation of the solidarity principle consecrated in the art.2 of Constitution to the different parts of the Spanish territory, taking a special consideration to the circumstances of the islands for their insular status”.