Wednesday, December 1

A neighborhood platform announces protests against the Cala Mosca urbanization

In this context, the development of the last virgin kilometer that remains on the first line of the Orihuela coastline: Cala Mosca, where 2,200 homes are planned to be built. “The only window to the sea”, describes Miguel Ángel Pavón, president of Amigos de Sierra Escalona, ​​and vice president of Amigos de los Humedales del Sur de Alicante.

This project, which was approved in the 1990s, “is a clear example on which the Territorial Action Plan for the Vega Baja must act,” he affirms at the same time that he maintains that “it is the last chance to save this territory; Outside of that, it will hardly be possible to achieve more ».

But it is pessimistic. It will be complicated because “The City Council has never been for the work and the Generalitat makes it subject to economic benefit.” In other words, “in the Consell the interest of the promoter prevails.” In his opinion, “it does not seem that there is much will on the part of the Generalitat, which wants to avoid millionaire compensation.”

A neighborhood platform announces protests against the Cala Mosca urbanization

It was planned that this plan, which aims to reorient the model and set limits to growth for the 27 municipalities of the region, went on public display four months ago: “The later, the better for the developer”, since in that period urban plans are paralyzed. He even believes that the delay is being done in a premeditated way, due to the pressures and obstacles not only from the construction companies but also from the municipalities that have their main economic engine in the activity of tourist housing construction. For this reason, he argues, “he is born burdened and tied up.” It will be useless “if it does not resolve the inherited issues of sustainability and protection of the territory,” insists the ecologist.

The organizations that Pavón represents have participated in the public consultation process, which began a year ago. In all the meetings they have repeatedly requested the Ministry to declassify this sector so that it is not developable, also proposing alternatives such as a transfer of buildable to other lands: “The most viable way is to change place, either within the municipality or the region”, since the plan is supramunicipal.

In this sense, he recalls that the Consell already missed the occasion with the Pativel, for the protection of coastal areas, which chose to keep this land as developable even though its environmental value was recognized. The only thing that was established was that the construction company would have until 2023 to start the works. If, as everything points out, finally the territorial plan does not declassify it, they will argue.

Citizen movement

Meanwhile, social rejection is on the rise. A neighborhood movement is being organized around the Salvemos Cala Mosca platform, which plans to establish itself as an association, as well as calling for demonstrations and a campaign to collect signatures to stop what they consider “an attack on the coastline.” Their objective, they say, is “to continue enjoying one of the few spaces that remain unbuilt on the coasts of Orihuela.”

They also state that this development project is full of irregularities, without an official opinion on environmental impact and with a report from Public Works against it due to its impact on the N-332 highway. “This City Council should appreciate little of its surroundings if it promotes razing its natural wealth,” they warn while indicating that “the residents of Orihuela Costa are tired of asking for the services they deserve.”

It is, they continue, “an aberration of wild urbanism” that takes away an environmental heritage and a natural space where kestrels nest and see Betic lizards, terrestrial hedgehogs, red dragonflies, in addition to being the Tudorella Mauretanica snail and the cat’s head jarilla), vulnerable species that would end up isolated in the green areas of the new urbanization.

Ministry and City Council begin the recovery of several dunes

The strong tourist impact also supposes the deterioration and even the disappearance of ecosystems of great ecological value, such as the dunes, which are home to a variety of fauna and vegetation. To promote its conservation and recovery, the Orihuela City Council’s Department of the Environment and the Ministry for the Ecological Transition have started actions in Cala Bosque, where, at a cost of 47,000 euros, a fence will be made with stakes and rope – low visual impact – to discourage stepping on the dune cord, in addition to eliminating invasive species. The same will be done on La Glea beach. In this case, the works will cost 4,000 euros.

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