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15/09/2010 - Diplomats visit Lliber



On Tuesday 14th Sept Paul Rodwell, British Consul for Valencia and Murcia, based In Alicante, together with Alexandra Brown, the newly appointed member of the British Embassy based in Madrid, met with members of Abusos Urbanisticos Lliber No (AULN), to gather facts and discuss the situation in Lliber concerning the 300 illegal houses and the impending court case.  Adrian Hobbs, AULN President provided a concise summary to the Consulate detailing the events that had occurred and the timeline of events planned over the next eight months.

“The meeting was very successful, and we gained a considerable amount of comfort from our discussions and the empathy offered by the Consulate”.  explained Adrian Hobbs. “ They showed a great deal of interest when we explained our plight, and offered us advice in a number of ways in which to go forward, which we are sure will prove invaluable”.

Paul Rodwell explained that they have ongoing contact with the Director General for Urbanismo in Valencia to discuss the many housing issues in the Valencian region, and that this would be echoed in Madrid through the appropriate channels.  He encouraged us to keep up the pressure through our organisation and praised us for the execution of our tasks so far, and was supportive of our future plans. “We feel that people from Government are actually listening and are prepared to help us” said David Glover who organised the meeting.  “Paul and Alexandra actually took the trouble to ask what emotional feelings we are encountering, and what impact it is having on the residents after seven years of uncertainty and lack of progress.   They both fully appreciated how helpless we feel.”

The discussion also covered the run up to next years elections and the need for all northern European  residents to make the effort to register onto the Padron and electoral roll and  ensure everyone’s voice is heard at a local level, where it counts, particularly in Lliber and other areas similarly affected by corruption and housing abuse.

After a full and frank meeting, under pressure from a very tight schedule, the pair whisked themselves off to Benissa for more discussions with the AUN, wishing Lliber residents success in the forthcoming court case which commences in October.