Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for October
M T W T F S S
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos


BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria


Cosmo&Nanu

Mayor Wants Illegal Gypsy Palaces Torn Down

Mayor Wants Illegal Gypsy Palaces Torn Down

Gaudy palaces suspected of being built by Romany criminal masterminds on the back of criminal gang activities in the UK and other European countries are facing demolition.

Authorities in Hunedoara, a city in central-western Romania, are threatening to tear down the so-called "gypsy palaces" dotting the region because all were built illegally, and many of them are safety hazards.

Police believe most were constructed on the back of illicit criminal enterprises abroad.

And now checks carried out this month by employees of Hunedoara City Hall revealed that more than 50 buildings in and around the city never had planning permission.

Some of those who raised their palaces around Chizid and Hadat were not even the rightful owners of the land on which they stand.

"The Court of Auditors recommended us to find a solution so that the owners of these properties comply to the law and pay taxes for them," said the mayor of Hunedoara, Viorel Arion. But he warned that the legal process of demolition could take a while.

The palatial neighbourhood of Hunedoara's gypsy palaces began to expand a decade ago and now includes a few dozen villas on both sides of the road on the way to the village of Calan.

The Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty are among the kitschy ornaments on the roofs of some.

"Drivers stop their cars next to the palaces and are always surprised by the fancy ideas that the owners dreamed up," said a man named Vasile, a neighbour of the Roma families.

Austrian Times


Are you on Facebook? Like the Austrian Times on Facebook and win great prizes!

Your comment to this article :

(will be approved by an editor before going online)

  • Not for publication:
  • How many vertical lines or which Text (from left to right) do you see in this image:

Cosmo and Nanu
ORF Watch

Tag cloud:
Hunedoara  properties  demolition  Viorel  Arion  palatial  gypsy  families  taxes  villas  solution  built  neighbourhood  criminal  dozen  owners  Palaces  recommended  expand  mayor

Latest News

 

Rare Bald Ibis Makes Microlight Flight To Italy
The project to introduce an extinct bird back to Europe is hailing success after successfully negotiating a new route over the Alps and training 14 Northern Bald Ibises how to fly south to winter feeding grounds in southern Tuscany.

Pat On The Back From Manure Explosive
A traffic cop in Austria got more than he bargained for after a booby trap covered him head-to-toe in manure as he was trying to catch people speeding.

Viennese Jihad Girl May Have Been Killed
Austrian police say that one of the two attractive young teenage girls who fled the country to go to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels may have been killed.

Perversion of a Medical Dream
The Decline and Fall of the Otto Wagner Hospital, Vienna.

Fat Can Be Used To Burn Off Weight After New Patent Unveiled
It is being hailed as a sensation after scientists at an Austrian university patented a method that transforms fat storing cells into mini factories capable of actually destroying fat by burning it off.

Three Family Members Dead In Well Tragedy
A mother has lost her husband, her pregnant daughter and her son-in-law after a tragic accident where one of them fell into a well and the other two died while trying to carry out a failed rescue.

Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt
A British soldier who tackled the frozen Austrian Alps wearing just shorts and a T-shirt has been rapped by officials after he had to be rescued from the snowy peak.

Mum And Daughter Struck By Lightning In Pool
A mother and her daughter were hospitalised after they were struck by lightning in a swimming pool.

Police Nab Porn Star Who Filmed In Local Church
A woman accused of making a porn movie in a local church has been caught after an informant tipped off police that he recognised her by her breasts after an appeal for information.

Young Hip Hop Dancer Gets 18 Years For Drug Smuggling
A blonde hip hop dancer and charity worker promised an international career after she was spotted by a talent scout has been jailed for 18 years in Indonesia after her work offer turned out to have been part of an elaborate drugs con.

 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.

Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.


Austrian Zimmers