Time called on beach bar plan

An­gry res­i­dents say 'Chirin­guito' would spoil an area of nat­u­ral beauty

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Troughton jtroughton@cb­news.es

An­gry res­i­dents say it would spoil an area of nat­u­ral beauty

AN­GRY Jávea res­i­dents have launched a protest against plans to build a beach bar along­side a pro­tected piece of coast­line say­ing the ‘chirin­guito’ would spoil an area of nat­u­ral beauty.

A pri­vate com­pany has sub­mit­ted plans for the re­main­ing va­cant plot be­tween ex­ist­ing homes on Calle Ul­tra­mar, which links the Are­nal beach with Cala Blanca – both ar­eas pop­u­lar with vis­i­tors.

The street runs along Mon­tañar II, a “mag­nif­i­cent” rocky beach that re­mains in a “wild” and un­spoilt state.

Res­i­dents have al­ready col­lected over 1,500 sig­na­tures op­pos­ing the plan to build a bar on the plot and will gather on the va­cant piece of land next week to make their feel­ings known.

Plans for the de­vel­op­ment have been sub­mit­ted to cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s coastal de­part­ment for per­mis­sion to build on the land at Calle Ul­tra­mar 69.

An ear­lier ap­pli­ca­tion to de­velop the site was re­jected by the Va­len­cia re­gional gov­ern­ment in 2016 be­cause plans failed to meet strict reg­u­la­tions – now an al­ter­na­tive has been sub­mit­ted which was said to com­ply with rules and en­vis­ages an open build­ing with ter­races and per­go­las.

Res­i­dent Maria Catalud said pro­test­ers had al­ready in­structed lawyers in a bid to halt the de­vel­op­ment.

“We op­pose the plan be­cause it is un­suit­able for a res­i­den­tial area, be­cause of the noise, the pos­si­ble con­tam­i­na­tion of the beach and the harm to the en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“We do not want the plot to be used as a beach bar be­cause of the po­ten­tial dam­age it would cause. We are get­ting to­gether for a meet­ing next week; prob­a­bly on the plot it­self...I think we have a very good chance of stop­ping this de­vel­op­ment.”

The 'wild' Mon­ta­nar II rocky beach

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