rararblue wrote:The last couple of months have very much been a case of a new beginning for the school and it is time to draw a line over historical issues and give the new owner time to sort out the problems.
rararblue wrote:If legality is one of those problems, I am sure it will be resolved.
The fact that the school does not have a licence to be opened in the first instance, and does not have the necessary permissions to operate as a place of learning, are not issues that you can draw a line under and just claim that they are historical. That is like saying that a bar that is opened and run without the proper paerwork can just carry on it's illegal activities just because it has new management.
Just because Mar Azul is in Spain does not mean that it can act without due regard to the Spanish legal system. In order for matters to be resolved, the school should be closed immediately, and the owners should apply to the education department at the Generalitat Valenciana for the appropriate licences. Then, and only then, should the school be allowed to operate as a learning facility. That is the way things are done - not taking the law into one's own hand.
And to return to the matter of the building. The original planning consent, as agreed via the Town Hall of San Miguel and the planning authorities at the Generalitat Valenciana, is that the building should be maintained as a community centre. It is not for the Town Hall, the Mayor nor a bit of a dodgy builder nor even the school management, to unilaterally decide that a change of use is appropriate because it suits them. That building is there for perpetual use of the residents of the urbanisation, and the illegal school has absolutely no legal right to be in any part of it.
You may wish to sweep all of this under the carpet, or as you euphemistically call it, draw a line under the matter, but it should never have been opened in the first instance, and the only reason it is still going is because the Mayor, Snr. Saez, has so far ignored the directions of the education department in Valencia to close it down. Maybe, like with the water fiasco, when he is faced with having to pay a huge fine for not acting as directed (he was facing a €20 million odd fine about the water contamination before he finally did something, but it took about 10 years) he may get off his backside and do something.
You say that you have two children attending the school. For their sake, and your's, I hope that neither of them befall an incident over which you need to make a claim against the school. As the "school" is operating outside the legal system, I would imagine that any insurance policy that the management have in place, if they do at all, will be null and void. The very first thing the insurance assessor will want to see is the correct paperwork, and no paperwork equals no insurance.
You have been warned, and any accreditation with a British examination board is no substitute for the proper operating permissions from Valencia.