The Judge of First Instance and Instruction of Orihuela has imputed to all the previous PSOE councillors of Bigastro in relation to a presumed crime of prevarication and embezzlement of public assets bound to the awarding of municipal rustic land at the Pedrera.
On the 8th of August 2005, the Council sold 35,000m2 of rustic land to Alicante Torrevieja S.L. for 2.1million euros. In the same plenary session they re-classified the non-urbanizable land to allow the company to build an Aparthotel. They also granted permission for 50 years use of a further 45,000 m2 to the company for a golf course. In essence they are accused of attempting to conceal a city planning action without the approval of the Catalan Autonomous Government which is why it was stopped by the Genealitat.
At the same time evidence was being presented in a different court about a further denunciation. This time the Mayor is being accused of using public materials and human resources to build a hotel in Vistabella (Jacarilla). This denuncia also mentions supposed irregularities in granting a licence to build a solar farm at the Pedrera.