Many of us have been in Los Monegros for different reasons, but when I visited it last summer (yes, August) was just with the idea of knowing the area where Gran Scala was planned to be build. Ontiñena inhabitants will sell their lands and then their lives will change for ever, Ontiñena will never be the same. Today it looks like this project is disappearing.
Gran Scala, a 17€ billion entertainment city to be built on 2,025 hectares in the Spanish Aragón desert (Los Monegros) by a British-based consortium: International Leisure Development (ILD) .
© Arantxa Alcubierre [more photographs]
The government of the autonomous Spanish region of Aragón and ILD signed an agreement on 12th December 2007, to build the vast amusement and casino park in the vicinity of the village of Los Monegros. Several investigations about ILD shareholders with dubious backgrounds, delayed deadlines, political bribes, a new “custom-made” low, future environmental disasters, and even more suspicions have caused a polemic among the great majority of Aragon citizens, ecologists and the slightly leftist politicians who are against this ambitious project. It appeared that only Ontiñena inhabitants and the actual Aragon Government remain in support of it. Developers have already paid 14% of the money to the lands owners (most of them Ontiñena inhabitants), they would pay the rest in June and October. But the economic crisis could derail this project. ILD, is accumulating delays and claims, that are seriously questioning the future of Gran Scala.
So now, ILD has directed its plans to Soria which, while the Gran Scala project pending agonizing death certificate after the 22 M, have reappeared hand hinge party IDES (Development Initiative Soria), whose candidate for mayor of the city, Luis Bonilla, identified them as the promoters of its flagship project for the next legislative Celtiberian Earth, a leisure complex covering more than thirty hectares devoted to people’s culture that dominated the plateau in ancient times and generate an investment of fifty million euros.