September 2015

As you would expect, August was a quiet month and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves with visiting families and friends and trips away.

Announcement from Mario, Mayor of Alcaucin

On 27th August, the AVANCE of the new Town Planning was approved during the Extraordinary Council meeting. Once published in the official bulletin of the province, it will be exposed during 30 days for public consulting.

Wednesday, 2nd September, the Town Hall will organize a public presentation of the document in the Art Centre of Calle Alta. The presentation will be in Spanish. There will be a session in English the week after, on Wednesday 9th September, starting at 17.00, at the same place.


During August there were two train trips at Zafarraya Gap.

The first was attended by Polly Brown, a news reporter for the Sur in English. She did a very interesting report about the history of the train in the edition of the newspaper week commencing 14th August here.

The second trip was exciting due to a slight derailment! Everyone had to disembark but the driver and engineer soon had everything under control. There was a big cheer from the passengers and the train soon returned without further incident to Bar Gloria where everyone enjoyed a coffee or brandy to warm up! Then there was the visit to the railway museum and lunch.

Due to the popularity of these trips we will be organising more later on in the year.

Forthcoming Events

Sunday 4th October – Car Boot at Pantana Restaurant, Lake Vinuela.

If you have any items you would like to donate for sale, you can do so in one of 3 ways:
Bring along to Meson Sara on Saturday September 19th, 26th or October 3rd between 12.30-1.30 p.m. where a member of the Committee will be sitting outside.
Bring items to the sale on the day of the event, between 9-9.30 a.m.
If neither of these are possible, please contact Mike Stevenson
Email – or telephone 637 591 451

Friday 16th October – Coach Trip to Lobo Park, Antequera & El Torcal

The SOHA fundraising team are very excited about this trip to see the beautiful wolves in the nature reserve, followed by a trip to visit El Torcal.
The cost is Euro 22.50 p.p. which includes the coach and entrance to the Lobo Park.
You can either take a picnic lunch, or prebook ‘menu del dia’ at Euro 9.50 p.p.
For further information please visit our website.
To book please contact Kath – (tel 646 275 190)
Early booking is recommended

Recent Posts

SOHA AGM report and more

SOHA celebrated the 10th anniversary of its formation at the 2018 AGM last week. The meeting was well attended by members and supporters as well as the Mayor of La Viñuela, José Juan Jiménez López.

Ten years seems a long time to be fighting such injustices, but we have achieved a lot during these years. Many changes in our committee over the years with each person giving their time and input as a volunteer. This of course is still the case and we would remind you all that we always welcome new committee members. Just contact us if you wish to join and help.

In this past decade we have achieved significant changes in national and Andalusian legislation that have almost made the regularization of many homes possible which without action could have received demolition orders. We are still working to protect all properties for our members and supporters and there is still a lot to do.

Philip Smalley expressed his satisfaction with the achievements reached at the AGM although he emphasized that they have been years of “hard work”. Among these, are the important modifications in the Civil Code and the Penal Code to guarantee the compensation prior to the demolition and the amendment to the Law of Urban Planning of Andalusia (LOUA) with respect to the land subdivisions in non-urbanizable land, “results of the that has meant that many non-members of the association, Spanish and foreign, have benefited to be able to sell their properties. ”

One of the major changes that have been achieved, is the reform of article 1964 of the Civil Code of October 2015 in which it was indicated that the license declared null by the courts, but without a definite deadline to demolish, prescribed the 15 years. The change means that now, those personal actions that do not have a special term prescribe after five years. Therefore, after October 2020, administrations will no longer be able to demand demolition for nullity judgments prior to 2015. “After that period, the owner will be able to benefit from the Out-of-Order Assimilate”.

SOHA will continue the work on the behalf of the members of the association and help where possible.

Join SOHA and support your friends and neighbors. Click this link to join or contribute.

Contact us if you can help or if you have questions or require assistance. Click this link to contact us.

Some images from the meeting can be found here.

Report from Axarquiaplus here.

Here is a report from Malaga Hoy in Spanish. Read more.