The Inatel Caparica Camping Park, in Almada, will close for works, but about 100 users cannot afford to remove the equipment, as required, and there are 18 families who fear being displaced.
“There are about 50 families residing in the park. I represent 18. Everyone is extremely afraid of having no place to live, as they have no alternative residence or financial means to support it,” lawyer Pedro Proença, representing 200, told Lusa. users of this Almada park, in the district of Setúbal.
According to the official, the Inatel Foundation, which manages the infrastructure, notified users to remove their equipment by November 30, so that it is possible to close the park and start requalification works.
However, he said, “there are several users who have maintained their habitual residence for many decades, having their legal and tax domicile there”.
In addition, of the 200 people it represents, “almost half will have enormous financial difficulties in removing equipment installed many years ago”, as well as in bearing the costs of storing it elsewhere.
According to Pedro Proença, the users do not intend to create a situation of litigation, but they appealed to the foundation to suspend the works until public health conditions exist or that they take place without the removal of the equipment installed in the park “, making themselves available to” pay the monthly fee during the execution of the works “, in case the equipment can remain in place.
Even so, he added, if the situation is forward, users consider “resorting to judicial means” and even “taking on other forms of struggle, chaining themselves to equipment and installations”.
In a written response sent to Lusa, the Inatel Foundation guaranteed that “it will not suspend the work”, not least because “it appears as a requirement of the civil protection authorities, in order to safeguard the public health and safety rules, defined by law, under penalty of prevent its operation “.
“It is precisely the public health reasons that lead to doing the works, to close it, and not to keep it open”, he stressed.
Regarding people who are at risk of being displaced, the institution said that it is in articulation with Social Security, “in order to find solutions, with the entities that have these responsibilities, but only in absolute and imperatively justified cases of indigence “.
According to the same note, from the provisional survey carried out, these cases “are residual and not with the supposed dimension that they want to make it seem”.
As for the fact that some users use the park as a legal and tax domicile, the foundation considered the situation to be “illegal”, not least because one of the rules of a camping site “is the rotation of spaces and not loyalty to a space”.
“The equipment is their own property, and there is no contractual obligation to keep it. What is at stake is that users think that the spaces they occupy are permanent, their monopoly, and that is unaffordable with the idea of a park. of camping, the legal norms that regulate it and the statutory mission of the foundation defined in decree-law “, he affirmed.
According to Inatel, the works will take “several months”, in order to improve various infrastructures, such as firefighting, water distribution or spatial planning.