18 May 2017
|A Personal Message from Carol Parkinson|
|I implore all owners to believe in, and support, the committee at this critical point in our fight to ensure the resort stays ours. On a personal level I cannot bear the thought that all we have fought for, day in day out for two and a half years, could be lost because we lacked the courage to withstand the intimidation from Onagrup and hang on in there for a little longer whilst the strong committee and team of lawyers work in the background to bring this matter to a successful conclusion.|
Despite having had four pretty upsetting days dealing with horrendous individuals, who frankly can only be described as the lowest of the low, I am still here in Tenerife and feeling strong (after a good sleep!) and positive.
Please do not let me, the team or the resort down and ‘hang in there’.
After four hours of questioning by a senior police officer on Monday on ‘trumped up’ charges of extortion and fraud the police are now listening and making investigations. Our legal team here are working hard and we are gaining ground. But we cannot do it if you do not assist with your financial support. Please be brave and pay your maintenance to the Club as this is the only legal and rational way forward. For those of you going to the resort in the next couple of weeks we will ring each of you to speak to you confidentially. It has to be this way because unfortunately we have those amongst us who continually try to derail our plans by reporting back to WimPen and Onagrup. If you pay your fees in advance to Onagrup you will have lost your money when that company is removed. Pay to the Club that is being led by your elected committee members and supporters who are all owners you can trust as they love Los Claveles as much as you and have no interest other than justice.
There are owners who have continued to support WimPen, and who may have betrayed fellow owners with reports back to Mr Pengelly, and are responsible for the spreading of misinformation. They have refused to see that a hostile takeover of this nature could ever happen – the evidence is now before you and surely even they cannot condone the aggressive and intimidating behaviour owners have experienced this week!
This has happened on other resorts where Onagrup took over and, as our lawyers have told us, the committees concerned with those resorts quickly rolled over giving Onagrup control. We told you that we believed that Mr Pengelly had ‘sold’ your resort to Onagrup – a resort he did not own. I have been told repeatedly in the last few days ‘We own this resort – you will do as we say’, ‘You are nothing’, ‘You are no-one’, ‘We will set the rules’, ‘You abide by our rules now’.
Onagrup is not solely responsible for what is happening at the resort. All the appalling actions, verbal abuse assaults etc, over the past few days took place in full view of a senior member of Mr Pengelly’s management team. He stood and smirked as he saw Mr Weller and I assaulted. When asked how he could sleep at night when he saw this happening to owners who had provided him with a good living for years he replied that he had no trouble sleeping because we were in ‘his’ country and we were criminals.
Even worse Mr Pengelly and other WimPen staff held the meeting that decided to remove Salvador from his livelihood and his home – leaving him homeless. They also made the decision to remove Sue and Annie from reception. On Saturday Jarra (another member of reception) was sacked at a minute’s notice for ‘apparently’ handing out a key to an owner. They have sacked our maintenance team. There is only one left ‘because we are overstaffed’ and in their words ‘These are our rules now!’ All our loyal staff, who have served us well and with such good grace now are without an income and unable to support their families.
All of the above actions that I have described are shameful and appalling. It is not just our holidays that are being affected, but the people who have helped to make those holidays so enjoyable. Your Los Claveles may look the same, for the moment, but is not the place it was. It can be again if we can regain control but we need the support of owners like yourselves.
More thoughts to contemplate:
If Onagrup was only taking what belonged to it why didn’t it do it via the law? The reason is it has no legal case!
Why did Onagrup remove all of our lovely staff? Because they are trying to break us and to take the heart out of our lovely resort!
Mr Pengelly tried to assure us that he was only doing what was best for our owners and there was nothing to worry about because nothing would change. We did not believe him and how right we were!
Please owners think longer term and have faith in a committee that has got further than any other committee opposing Onagrup. The resort is ours – stay with us, pay your maintenance to the Club ahead and do not pay Onagrup or you will lose your money.