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Canaries in new onslaught against Coastal Law 

Residents and business owners in the Canary Islands are being urged to stand up and fight against Spain’s controversial Coastal Laws.

The pressure group leading the campaign for special cases in the archipelago, the Pcalc claims modifications made to the legislation have had no impact whatsoever on the Canaries.

President of the Canary Platform in Defence of the Interests of People Affected by Costas Act, José Luis Langa González says the Government is still failing to recognise the islands as a special case and thousands of properties are still at risk from demolition. These are homes, businesses and even entire communities which are deemed to have been constructed too close to the ocean.

Sr. Langa González, a lawyer, said the Ley de Costas was passed in 1988 and “no-one knew or did anything about it.”

“More than 20 years later, we are still suffering the consequences of that lack of knowledge and I fear the same thing is going to happen now because if we do not act, we will be endangering many towns, cultures and idiosyncrasies of the Canary Islands,” he said.

The group is stressing that claims against the law can be made up until April 2nd a time-scale which it considers totally inadequate as there are 232 articles and 30 issues on which allegations could be presented.

The Pcalc president said as far as they were concerned, nothing had changed at all. Spain continued to ignore the unique nature of the Canary Islands, the area of Spain with the most coastline.

Recently, the lobby group helped to form a joint Canary committee to present a united front and to try and help those who are being affected by the law.

Ways are being looked at to continue the lobby of the political forces represented in Parliament through councils, municipalities, groups etc.

Meantime, members of the public are being urged to make their own voices heard, either through their local councils or by emailing the pressure group direct on jllangagonza@gmail.com.