The Administrative Justice Council of Palermo sentenced the Etna Park to a maxi compensation of 1,255,207.34 euros, in favor of the former owners of the "Bevacqua Houses" of Piedimonte etneo, for illegal expropriation and occupation.
In order to pay, the institution asked the Sicilian Region for an extraordinary contribution of 870 thousand euros, but if help does not come, he is ready to sell two historic houses: the "Grande Albergo dell’Etna" in the Serra la Nave district in Ragalna and "Villa Manganelli" in Zafferana Etna.
The property at the center of the dispute falls in zone C of the protected area and consists of "a wood, a hazel grove and a complex of buildings dating back to 1803, called" Bevacqua houses ", today known as" hiking base point 13 ".
The CGA closed an almost twenty-year affair, establishing the amount of compensation (judgment 988/2019); the second instance administrative judges, in fact, had decided on the merit 9 years ago with the annulment of both the expropriation decree of the municipality of Piedimento etneo (year 2003) and the emergency occupation measures of the Etna Park ( 2002), accepting appeals which in 2006 had been rejected by Tar Catania.
It reads in a recently published resolution of the body's Executive Committee (65/2019) chaired by the extraordinary commissioner Salvatore Gabriele Ragusa: «The parties did not reach a definitive agreement on the sum to be paid and the Park Authority proceeded, in 2013, on the basis of autonomous definition of the sum and supported by the opinion of the Provincial Commission expropriate, to make the sums deposited available to the expropriated company at the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (capital fate of € 110,834.05) as well as additional amounts of interest of € 55,668.55 paid ».
In the 2019 budget, the Etna park has set aside another 140,932.96 euros and to cover the residual 871,842.44 the Council (resolution 40/2019), which is made up of the mayors of the municipalities falling within it, endorsed the one-off request to the Regional Department of the Territory and the Environment put forward by the Committee. In the alternative, to meet the costs, the board authorized the management of the park: to ask the company for an installment over several years; to start, as an alternative, the sales procedures of the "Grande Albergo dell’Etna" in the Serra la Nave district in Ragalna and "Villa Manganelli" in Zafferana Etna.
«Two of the most representative and most valuable and valuable historical structures of the Etna Park» which have been considered «level 1» and therefore included in the final list of 55 assets of the first range (high priority), of great cultural interest and tourism, of the national project "Valore Paese-Dimore" ", announced a press release of 7 January 2014, still available today in the news on the institutional website of the Etna Park, with reference to the" Grande Albergo "and" Villa Manganelli ".
Now there is expectation for the decisions of the regional councilor for the territory and the environment, Salvatore Cordaro, and the president of the Sicilian region, Nello Musumeci.
The post Illegal expropriation and occupation, Etna Park sentenced to maximum compensation appeared first on Palermo-24h.
Read more about Catania