Els Poblets wants L'Al­madraba beach back

Dé­nia mayor finds out by read­ing the press, but warns vil­lage will have to do its own clean­ing

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Sa­man­tha Kett skett@cbnews.es

ELS POBLETS is plan­ning le­gal ac­tion to get L'Al­madraba beach back from Dé­nia for the first time since the 14th cen­tury – and Dé­nia's mayor has only just found out by read­ing the news­pa­pers.

The Al­madraba Els Poblets As­so­ci­a­tion says tak­ing back its beach has long been on the town's agenda, but is now be­com­ing 'some­thing sen­ti­men­tal' as well as prac­ti­cal.

Whilst home­own­ers on the grav­elly shore pay their taxes to Els Poblets town coun­cil – given that the Al­madraba is, ge­o­graph­i­cally, based there and some 15 kilo­me­tres away from Dé­nia – it is the larger town which is re­spon­si­ble for clean­ing and pro­vid­ing ser­vices.

Dé­nia's mayor Vi­cent Gri­malt says he 'can­not un­der­stand' Els Poblets' com­plaints, since the vil­lage is in 'a very com­fort­able po­si­tion' – that of 'get­ting all the tax in­come with­out hav­ing to do the work'.

But res­i­dents have long crit­i­cised the Al­madraba's poor stan­dards of main­te­nance, say­ing that for Dé­nia coun­cil, they are 'out of sight and out of mind'.

And they can­not ap­peal to their lo­cal author­ity to solve the is­sue, since Els Poblets does not own the beach.

Al­madraba home­own­ers think Dé­nia does not bother much with them be­cause they do not earn any money from them in taxes.

Gri­malt says Els Poblets is 'wel­come' to take le­gal ac­tion to re­cover its beach, but that the two lo­cal au­thor­i­ties 'need to talk about it'.

He said the first he knew about the is­sue was when he read it in a Span­ish re­gional daily.

Owned by Dé­nia for 700 years

L'Al­madraba beach be­came an­nexed to Dé­nia in the 14th cen­tury for prac­ti­cal rea­sons re­lat­ing to tuna-fish­ing and trans­port­ing catch.

Els Poblets' mayor Sal­vador Sen­dra says tak­ing the beach back has been part of elec­toral man­i­festos in the town for years, but has never been achiev­able.

“We've ap­plied to have the beach back on many oc­ca­sions, but Dé­nia coun­cil will not budge,” Sen­dra says.

“So, we're will­ing to ap­peal to who­ever is nec­es­sary: re­gional gov­ern­ment, na­tional gov­ern­ment or the courts.”

Sen­dra told res­i­dents at their last as­so­ci­a­tion meet­ing that the mat­ter had been in the hands of solic­i­tors since May, but they have not told him what stage they are at.

He says he is not ex­pect­ing to hear much any time soon, since the process 'is likely to be very long-winded'.

Gri­malt says it is the pro­vin­cial coastal de­part­ment, known as Costas and part of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment's en­vi­ron­ment min­istry, which is re­spon­si­ble for set­ting the bound­aries, mean­ing he may not be able to take a de­ci­sion on the Al­madraba in any case.

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