De­fend­ing pub­lic by­ways

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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

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