Recognizing mistakes, the case of the Tourist info
For a real democratic regeneration, it is necessary for politicians and political parties to acknowledge their mistakes. No tricks, and without resorting to a desperate “you did more”.
This applies to the tourist info office at the beach A building that was managed by the Department of Tourism (BLOC-Compromís) during the 2007-2011 term, and now, after a judgment of the Supreme Court, we have no choice but to abandon it.
We apologize and accept responsibility for the facts
Here we will try to give as much information about this incident as we can, but by doing so, we are not trying to dodge the responsibility, firstly we apologise. It was a mismanagement by our political party, which caused a loss of 180,000 euros for the taxpayers, so we apologise to all the people of Oliva especially the people who have been directly affected by this issue.
In June 2005, two plots were reconfigured where the tourist office was. The construction project was approved, with a favourable report from the municipal architect in November 2007. The plan had a budget of 180,000 euros (50,694 euros from the Valencian Agency of Tourism).
In late 2008 the project was completed and once the exterior of the building was completed, it opened in Easter 2009.
The judgment of December 2013
A neighbour to the tourist office, expressed their dissatisfaction with the project first tried other measures (such as collecting signatures), eventually brought an action. The first action, from September 2009, was dismissed. But in December 2013, on appeal, the TSJCV ruled in favour of the neighbour:
“b) We declare the construction on calle Almirante Roger de Lauria and Islote de Alborán, partially illegal, it must be situated ten feet from the edge to the west of the neighbour, and 10 feet in the direction of the Islote de Alborán. “
A sentence that gives a new interpretation to two buildings in the same block and what must be between plots. This same situation exists in many other parts of the maritime town of Oliva beach, as is the case of the plot where the Tourist Office was built in 2008.
Compliance with the judgment
After studying all options in regard to the judgement, we came to the painful conclusion that the most reasonable option was the total demolition of the building. Because removing 3m of the building on the side of the plaintiff, and a similar distance from Islote de Alborán would have left the building in a very precarious and practically inoperative state. Keep in mind that the demolition of 3m of the building would have affected key parts of the building structure: 9 of the 13 pillars would have been removed, along with the stairs to the first floor and the bathrooms; whereby the functionality of the building would be completely diminished, precluding any chance of public use.
The most reasonable option was the demolition of the building
Therefore in the interests of the town, this would not have worked, since it would have had a disproportionate cost against the limited functionality of the building that would remain. So, after managing all relevant permits and contracts, we finally demolished it, we feel like this was the most sensible and economical way to comply with the judgment.
Prior to demolition, all elements of the building (furniture, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, glass, etc.) that could be reused in other municipal buildings were removed for use in the future.