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Posted by portugalpress on August 06, 2018

A British theatrical couple whose ‘dream home’ under construction on the Ria Formosa island of Armona has been held up for the last 27 months - dodging several demolition threats - has at last received the best news possible.

The PIR (plan for intervention and requalification) that will change the fortunes of Paul Roseby and James Tod is “about to be signed”.

The results of “a huge amount of work” behind the scenes by mayor António Pina, it means scores of other homeowners are also poised to emerge from the shadow of demolition powered by the region’s “Lord Voldemort” of ‘island matters environmental’, Sebastião Teixeira.

This is a long-running fight that last came to the fore with angry demonstrations outside Olhão town hall exactly a year ago (click here).

But last week, the news filtered through to Roseby and Tod.

“We have the go-ahead to seal the house up”, an ecstatic James Tod told the Resident. “The mayor has said we can put in all the windows and doors for health and safety reasons. We also have the assurance that the PIR will be signed off in September, although we should get official documentation from the Câmara this month. This is terrific news after 27 months of fighting”.

To give Pina his due, he assured homeowners throughout this battle that he would see them safely through to the other side.

Today in Olhão he said: “I have worked very hard for this”.

Aside from delighting scores of people caught up on the wrong side of Armona’s ‘invisible line’ - which prompted Sebastião Teixeira in his capacity as regional director of environmental agency APA to push for large-scale demolitions - the news has made 2018 doubly special for Roseby and Tod.

The pair - the former a writer, director and broadcaster, the other a Broadway and West End producer - only recently celebrated the fact that Paul Roseby received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June, in recognition of his services to drama and young people in 15 years at the helm of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.