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Where is the municipality?

This letter is an appeal to the Central Municipal Council requesting them to inspect a huge building being constructed in A'ali 740 which is creating problems for residents.

People in this area purchased land for a higher price at the time based on plans and title deeds showing a public garden in the centre of the area. They have since February 2010, after the garden was destroyed, repeatedly tried to resolve this issue with the authorities.

Our actions and persistence finally resulted in an agreement with the municipality and Municipal and Urban Planning Affairs Minister Dr Juma Al Ka'abi that the building will be replaced with a garden and a small prayer room and we were all happy with this decision.

Work then stopped on the building. However, we see it has now started again and the directives agreed on are not being carried out as all the land has been taken up for the huge four-storey building which has infuriated residents.

We believe that the municipality plays a very important role in ensuring that plans are carried out and buildings are constructed according to the rules and regulations of Bahrain.

We therefore urge the authorities to inspect this building as the problems we face are many. Some residents have front gates blocked, many residents no longer have any privacy as gardens, sitting rooms and bedrooms overlook the construction site, there are no access roads and no parking facilities, the list is endless.

Additionally, events such as this where it seems plans can be changed on a whim with total disregard for the surrounding environment and the people living there give the impression that there is no protection for investors, and this kind of action will certainly not assist in creating confidence for foreign investors wishing to invest in Bahrain's property market and is certainly an issue which needs to be addressed.

We hope for a visit from the municipality very soon.

Residents in A'Ali 740

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Oct 2, 2011
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