Keep Bri­tish burial site green, says Dé­nia

UK traders' ceme­tery, Les Deveses dunes and un­spoilt parts of the Al­madrava could be de­clared con­crete jun­gle-free

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By Sa­man­tha Kett DÉ­NIA wants its so-called 'Bri­tish ceme­tery' and parts of its coast­line to be­come green-belt ar­eas un­der the re­gional gov­ern­ment pro­tec­tion scheme aimed at keep­ing con­crete off Mediter­ranean shores for good.

The con­tro­ver­sial 'Green Coastal In­fra­struc­ture Ter­ri­to­rial Ac­tion Plan' – bet­ter known as the PATIVEL – has been set up to pre­vent mas­sive ur­ban­i­sa­tions eat­ing up beaches and coun­try­side from pop­ping up ev­ery few weeks, as was the case in the early years of this cen­tury.

Whilst many wel­come the move, oth­ers fear their shore­side build­ing plots bought as in­vest­ments will end up worth­less.

Conscious of this, Teu­ladaMo­raira has called for re­gional gov­ern­ment grants for mus­ca­tel grape farm­ers to stop them be­ing tempted to sell their land to de­vel­op­ers.

Teu­lada-Mo­raira also wants its L'Am­polla beach to be­come 'semi-ur­ban', whilst Calpe wants the PATIVEL called off un­til it is proven to be eco­nom­i­cally vi­able.

But Dé­nia is keen for its dunes on Les Deveses beach and un­spoilt ar­eas of the Al­madrava beach to be kept ce­ment-mix­er­free

hese beaches are, ge­o­graph­i­cally, in El Verger and Els Poblets, but owned and man­aged by Dé­nia.

Coun­cil­lors also voted unan­i­mously for the 'Bri­tish ceme­tery' off the Marineta Cas­siana beach to be in­cluded in the PATIVEL pro­tec­tion scheme.

This was set up in the 19th cen­tury for the then huge UK ex­pat com­mu­nity who worked in the lu­cra­tive raisin trade, since as they were Angli­can protes­tant Chris­tians they could not be buried in the town's main grave­yard, re­served only for Catholics.

Now over­grown and in dis­use, it nev­er­the­less re­tains ves­tiges of moss-cov­ered head­stones of Bri­tish raisin mer­chants and their fam­i­lies, and is the last-re­main­ing un­touched area of Dé­nia's coast from Las Mari­nas to the Montgó.

The 'Ce­mente­rio de los In­gle­ses'

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