“How are those who are already evicted going to be evicted?” asks José Luis Langa, lawyer and president of the Canarian Platform for People Affected by the Coastal Law, when he talks about the twenty residents of Las Bajas, in Güímar , who have been out of their homes since April due to works ordered by the City Council to secure a slope and who have now received, while still evicted, notifications from Costas for the demolition of their homes for the “possessory recovery” of the domain terrestrial maritime public.
Langa recalled that those evicted persons notified by Costas have appealed to the Contentious-Administrative Court to prevent some twenty families who are threatened with the demolition of their homes on the beach of El Callao and in Las Bajas from losing their homes, more than half, first and only dwelling. “We are waiting for the judge to decide on a precautionary measure until we can demonstrate, together with the City Council, that it is a small consolidated urban nucleus,” Langa declared yesterday on Onda Tenerife.
The lawyer, moreover, hopes that at the end of March the transfer of the powers of Coasts to the Government of the Canary Islands will take place, recalling that his platform of those affected by the Coastal Law of 1988, modified in 2013, is immersed in the mixed commission that work on that transfer. “The Law will not change -he said-, but the knowledge that is had here of our coast has nothing to do with what is had in Madrid, that when they made the Law they did not remember that the Canary Islands belong to Spain”. According to the lawyer, 150,000 Canary Islands are directly affected by this Law and 66 of the 88 municipalities have some nucleus harmed by it.
José Luis Langa recalled that the residents of Las Bajas “have suffered a double setback, first because in April the City Council evicted them, assuring them that they were going to carry out works, which had been stopped since September, and now because Costas threatened them with demolition.”