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

2017 AGM report

Save Our Homes in Axarquia held its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 26th January at La Vinuela.  More than 100 members attended, mostly ex-patriate residents of Axarquia.
The President, Phil Smalley said that this year’s principal achievement had been to bring about the amendment to Article 185.2 of the LOUA (Andalusia’s Planning Law).  This change now permits home owners on parcelled land to apply for the designation of AFO (Asimilado Fuera de Ordinación), to avoid  the threat of demolition of their home.
He informed the meeting that SOHA will write directly to Jose Fiscal, Planning Officer to seek an urgent meeting to decide how the Junta is going to solve the problem of licences legally granted by local authorities, but later annulled by tribunals.
The Mayor of Alcaucin, and SOHA’s Spokesman Mario Blancke welcomed the support and confidence of the members at the AGM.  He explained the details of the amendment to the LOUA, calling it “a triumph for everyone”.  He went on to say that there was still a lot to be done, but that SOHA now commands respect in the Andalusian Parliament and the National Congress.
The meeting was attended by Irene Rivera, Malaga’s Deputy in the National Congress.
Irene emphasised that SOHA’s efforts were “for justice”, not only for ex-patriates, but also for a large number of Spanish who are facing the same problems.
SOHA was founded in 2008.  SOHA is a non-profit making association of mostly foreign residents, whose aim is to uphold the rights of residents of Axarquia, according to Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights, and to help those who bought their homes in good faith to protect their homes through legal action, and keep their legal title to their homes.
Images from the evening here.

Salvemos Nuestras Casas Axarquía (SOHA) celebra su Asamblea General con asistencia de más de 100 socios
La Asamblea contó con la presencia de la Diputada por Málaga de Ciudadanos en el Congreso de los Diputados, Irene Rivera, que elogió la labor que está llevando a cabo la Asociación y destacó que esta lucha es “un tema de justicia”, no sólo de los extranjeros, sino de muchos españoles que están en su misma situación.
La Viñuela, 26 de enero de 2017. La Asociación SOHA (Save Our Homes Axarquía) celebró su Asamblea General con la presencia de más de 100 socios, la mayoría extranjeros residentes en la comarca de la Axarquía.
Su presidente, Philip Smalley, destacó el principal logro de 2016 que fue ver aprobada la enmienda al artículo 185.2 de la Ley de Ordenación Urbanística de Andalucía (LOUA) por el Parlamento de Andalucía. Esta enmienda permite a los propietarios de casas construidas sobre terrenos no urbanizables que habían sido parcelados para fines de construcción, pudieran solicitar el estado de Asimilado como Fuera de Ordenación (AFO) y así se elimina la amenaza de demolición.
Smalley avanzó que escribirán directamente al Consejero responsable de la planificación, José Fiscal, para que busque una reunión urgente para discutir cómo la Junta va a resolver el problema de las licencias legalmente otorgadas por las autoridades locales, pero posteriormente anuladas por los tribunales.
Por su parte Mario Blancke, portavoz de la Junta Directiva y alcalde Alcaucín, agradeció el apoyo de todos los socios y la confianza depositada, e indicó que “este triunfo es un triunfo de todos”. Blancke explicó a los presentes los pormenores de la enmienda aprobada, así como las demandas que todavía quedan pendientes, para lo que, añadió, están manteniendo diferentes reuniones tanto a nivel nacional, en el Congreso de los Diputados, como a nivel autonómico, con los representantes en el Parlamento Andaluz.
La Asamblea contó con la presencia de Irene Rivera, Diputada por Málaga de Ciudadanos en el Congreso, que elogió la labor que está llevando a cabo la Asociación y el tesón que están demostrando tanto su Junta Directiva como sus asociados, y destacó que esta lucha es “un tema de justicia”, no sólo de los extranjeros, sino de muchos españoles que están en su misma situación.

SOHA es una asociación sin ánimo de lucro formada por residentes, principalmente extranjeros, cuya misión es promover la protección de los derechos de los residentes en la Axarquía de acuerdo al artículo 8 de la Convención Europea de Derechos Humanos, ayudar a otros residentes a proteger sus casas por medio de acción legal u otras acciones, y realizar campañas activas para promover la amnistía a las casas de los propietarios de casas de la Axarquía.
SOHA se estableció en 2008 con el único propósito de salvar sus casas a través de medios pacíficos.