Defending public byways
THE EVENT held in Torrevieja to defend public bylaws last week was addressed by mayor José Manuel Dolón.
Organisers noted that livestock trails have been used for centuries by shepherds to take their flocks and herds from one area of pasture to another.
As such they have become part of the natural heritage of Spain and ‘need the protection of the authorities’. They should also be ‘made more visible’ so they can be used by the public.
Sr Dolón said: “We have to fight to maintain the byways. They should be routes which everyone can enjoy.”
He noted that many of Torrevieja’s ‘identity signs’ have disappeared during the rapid expansion of the town in the last 30 years. He noted that pressure has been brought to bear in recent years to allow building at Lo Ferrís to the south of the town centre. The mayor described the area as Torrevieja’s ‘small window to the sea without cement’.
The Salvemos Lo Ferrís (Let’s save Lo Ferrís) association noted that the Cañada Real de la Costa livestock trail which runs from Orihuela Costa along the coast, passing Cala Ferrís, is protected by law.
They stated that the town hall has asked the regional government to set out the exact size of the livestock trail in order to establish the legality of the wall built by the landowner close to the emblematic cove.
Sr Dolón lamented that the livestock trail is ‘not even mentioned’ in Torrevieja’s town plan (PGOU) and is therefore not protected by this important document. He reminded that a similar byway which linked Torrevieja to Orihuela disappeared due to the ‘voracious appetite of building speculators’.
The livestock trail at Cala Ferrís