PAIN IN SPAIN

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A MILNGAVIE man faces ruin after his dreams of a happy retirement in the sun turned into a nightmare.

Ian Rogers thought that by now he’d be playing rounds of golf and welcoming family to his holiday home in Spain after sinking his savings into a property development.

Instead, he is now 55,000 euros down, could be sued for a quarter of a million and has been dragged into a court battle after his Costa dream turned sour.

Savings

Mr Rogers (59), who lives on the Mains Estate with his wife Helen, is one of nine people from the UK who sank cash into what was supposed to be a five-star development in Murcia, south west Spain.

They used their life savings to put down deposits on properties at the Corvera Golf and Country Club in 2005 and 2006.

Developers promised that their homes would be part of a top quality project which would include a five-star hotel and a host of other state-of-the-art leisure facilities.

However, in the five years that have passed since they signed on the dotted line, the sun seekers have endured frustration as the majority of the proposed amenities have never been built.

They allege the firm behind the development, Corvera Golf and Country Club SL, have ignored their pleas for answers.

Now, the group and legal experts at Irwin Mitchell Abogados – the Spanish arm of UK law firm Irwin Mitchell which last year commenced legal action against the company on their behalf – have welcomed the outcome of a preliminary hearing in Murcia, where it was confirmed the developers will have to answer the allegations in a trial in July next year.

However, Mr Rogers, the chief executive of the Scottish Decorators Association, says that everything still hangs in the balance - because if they lose the case, they could be liable and be financially ruined.

He said: “We went out to Murcia in 2005, liked what we saw and purchased the property in 2006.

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