Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Five Judges from the National Court of Spain will inspect the high-speed rail construction site to determine if it puts the Sagrada Família in danger

AVE pel litoral [An organization whose loose translation is "High-speed rail through the beltway"] denounces the fact that the safety of 18,000 homes is not being taken into account

Five judges of the 8th Circuit of the Contentious-Administrative Court of the National Court of Spain will personally visit the Sagrada Família today to inspect the construction underway in the high-speed rail tunnel that is scant meters from the church's foundations. The Temple Association has decried that the construction is putting the building in danger. The visit was the decision of Judge José Alberto Fernández Rodera, at a request from the public prosecutor, who wants to prove that the section of the tunnel that goes under Mallorca Street presents no danger.

This decision forms part of the action that the Contentious-Administrative Court opened at the request of the temple association, which believes that the route of the high-speed rail tunnel through Mallorca Street could affect the Sagrada Família as well as 800 other buildings.

The 8th Circuit denied, for the second time, in April, the suspension of the tunnel construction that is to connect the Sagrera and Sants stations, arguing that there was no substantial change with respect to the first time that case was brought before them and that nothing is endangering the temple. At the same time, the National Court requested all of the information about the high-speed rail and that it be notified about any changes that might alter the original design of the excavations.

The organization AVE pel Litoral has distributed a press release (pdf) about the judges' visit. In the release, addressed to the public prosecutor, the members of the organization denounce the fact that no-one is taking into account the 18,000 homes that in its opinion are in grave danger from the construction. They complain that only the value of the Sagrada Família is being taken into account while their homes are also 'sacred'.

Originally published in Vilaweb on 23/sep/09 at 10:46h

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