Santa Pola is ‘neglecting nature’
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).