Previous demolition at Son Banya.

30-04-2010Archive

The Son Banya shantytown in Palma, the centre of a great deal of the island's drugs trade, has previously been the target of a demolition order, and a Palma judge has now ordered the eviction of some 350 people and the demolition of more than 60 properties.

The town hall had in fact filed suits against more than 60 families (corresponding with these properties) in 2011 and 2012. A court ruled in favour but the demolitions were not carried out.

At the end of July, the town hall administration filed a further suit for eviction. This was lodged via the municipal trust for social rehousing and reintegration. The court gave notice of the eviction and of the use of law enforcement and locksmiths if necessary. If residents do not remove belongings from the properties, these will be considered to have been abandoned. The trust also asked the court to take account of the complexity of demolition, given the existence of contaminants such as asbestos.

The deputy mayor for urban planning, Antoni Noguera, says that the trust will convene this week to consider the ramifications of the court order. There will be a case-by-case analysis, he suggests, with the aim being to rehouse families who leave voluntarily.

Legal sources say that the evictions can only be avoided if the town hall decides not to go ahead with them, which would seem unlikely as it was the town hall which acted in July. The gypsy community is not ruling out there being demonstrations to prevent the demolition. Where, it is being asked, will more than 400 gypsies from Son Banya go? Those affected wonder who would want them as neighbours. They also find it quite a coincidence that the opening of the new Carrefour shopping mall (FAN Mallorca Shopping) should coincide with the date set for half of them to leave. "People aren't stupid. They know how things are."

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Steve Riches / Hace over 5 years

It needs to be demolished and the drugs trade stopped, or restricted as much as possible BUT if there's a plan for demolition there also needs to be a plan for what to do with these people They ARE people not objects however reviled they may be They deserve revulsion because of what drugs do to people's lives but the difficult question of their continued involvement in the drugs trade needs addressing. If not it will simply relocate elsewhere. I'm not suggesting kid-gloves tactics, obviously, but there need to be realistic solutions for those who want them; and serious oubishment for those who do not . We really don't just want the problem to re-locate; that would be failure

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RICHIE / Hace over 5 years

Send them back to where Mike?

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Mike / Hace over 5 years

Demolishing this dump is fine, but what I don't understand is that , being the center of drugs traffic, why don't they also jail hem or send this scum back from wherever they came Now they are going to spread all over the place and as the seasons is coming to a slow

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