Mo­raira tower ‘on verge of col­lapse’

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Jo Pugh jpugh@cb­

THE WATCH­TOWER which over­looks Mo­raira will be taken down “stone by stone” and re­built, the mayor of Teu­lada-Mo­raira, Car­los Linares, an­nounced this week.

The 16th cen­tury tower “has a big crack that has en­larged with the pas­sage of time, and could cause its col­lapse in the fu­ture," said Sr Linares.

With the dan­ger of col­lapse be­com­ing a se­ri­ous re­al­ity, and a cash in­jec­tion from EU fund­ing, tech­ni­cians from the coun­cil are cur­rently work­ing on the dis­man­tling plans. As the plans have not yet been fi­nalised, Sr Linares could not give a com­ple­tion date, but said the work will take place through­out 2018.

The im­prove­ment of the Cap d'Or tower is a project that has been side­lined since Sr Linares took his po­si­tion as mayor, how­ever, as the tower is now in im­mi­nent dan­ger, its ren­o­va­tion will be­gin shortly. He ruled out the in­stal­la­tion of any light­ing as bat colonies re­side there.

Another project in­cluded in the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal im­prove­ment plan is cen­tred on the cave called the Cova de la Cen­dra, where im­por­tant Stone Age relics were found. The coun­cil aims to im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity, as well as the safety of this en­clave.

Sr Linares said that the in­ten­tion of the coun­cil “is to make it much eas­ier to visit. We want guided tours to be car­ried out.” This will also in­clude se­cu­rity around the site as it has re­cently suf­fered from van­dal­ism.

Ac­cord­ing to the mayor, the funds re­quired amount to one mil­lion eu­ros, which will be 50% fi­nanced by the EU, with Teu­lada-Mo­raira coun­cil pay­ing the bal­ance.

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