Santa Pola is ‘ne­glect­ing na­ture’

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - News - By Alex Watkins awatkins@cb­

NAT­U­RAL spa­ces and parks in Santa Pola are be­com­ing run down and ne­glected, ac­cord­ing to the op­po­si­tion Par­tido Pop­u­lar (PP).

Coun­cil­lor Luis Cáceres has claimed that the Sierra de Santa Pola and the area around the light­house look­out point are ‘in ter­ri­ble con­di­tion’ and called on the coun­cil to ‘take the nec­es­sary mea­sures to re­solve this sit­u­a­tion’. He claimed that the prob­lem is be­ing caused by the way that the ‘Eco­par­que’ re­cy­cling de­pot is op­er­ated and its open­ing hours.

This is hav­ing an ef­fect on the gen­eral clean­li­ness of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and par­tic­u­larly the sierra, ‘which is be­com­ing a dump­ing ground for fur­ni­ture, be­long­ings, plant cut­tings and waste from mi­nor construction projects, and this is se­ri­ously dam­ag­ing its im­age’. Sr Cáceres pointed out that the town hall is aim­ing to turn the sierra into a mu­nic­i­pal na­ture re­serve but ar­gued that ‘at the mo­ment it is not in a fit state to show­case its value’.

He out­lined a se­ries of ac­tions which he urged the coun­cil to take, start­ing with clean­ing up the af­fected ar­eas and re­plac­ing dam­aged items, such as fenc­ing, sign­posts and floor­boards on the sky­walk (pic­tured).

He also said the area around the air raid shel­ters needs at­ten­tion, for ex­am­ple to clean off graf­fiti and re­place bro­ken doors.

The coun­cil­lor added that new sign­posts pro­hibit­ing fly tip­ping are re­quired, as well as a reg­u­lar main­te­nance sched­ule to en­sure the area does not get in this state again.

The lo­cal PP also re­cently crit­i­cised the state of parks and gar­dens, in par­tic­u­lar the Par­que Manuel Alonso Gar­cía Apari­cio (bet­ter known as the Par­que Felipe II).

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