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
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'