Coastal Authority agrees on plan to protect beaches in Marbella

imagesAfter years of battling, the council finally has a draft project to stabilise the beaches between El Faro and El Ancón with a dyke. Marbella council has spent years fighting for a definitive solution for the beaches. The construction of a dyke parallel to the coast, or a breakwater, have been some of the proposals the local authority has been insistently putting forward as possible solutions to the loss of sand caused by the storms which systematically lash the coast. Now, the council finally has in its possession a draft project which has been drawn up by the Coastal Authority for the stabilisation of the coastline between El Faro and El Ancón, which includes not only the construction of a new breakwater but also a dyke parallel to the shore, as well as the importing of considerable amounts of sand.

The draft project which has been sent for the council to study and analyse includes various alternatives, although the Town Hall considers some to be better than others. The one which appears to be the most viable goes by the name 1.B and it includes two features which the council has been wanting for a long time: not only would there be a breakwater at El Ancón beach and the demolition of the one which currently exists at the Hotel Puente Romano, but there would also be a dyke parallel to the coast, situated off La Fontanilla and part of Casablanca beaches. The project also includes the regeneration of more than two kilometres of coast by bringing in sand from El Faro to Río Verde, which would be protected by the aforementioned defence measures. The proposed measures, which would have an estimated cost of 11,497,588 euros, would also mean that the seafront promenade would be moved back but this would also affect the underground drainage pipes, something which at the moment the Town Hall strongly opposes. This proposal would mean the compulsory purchase of more than 13,750 square metres of privately owned land so the promenade could be relocated, and this would cost over 1.5 million euros.

Ordnance Planning Andalucia

The Junta de Andalucía is to stop 52 coastal municipalities from starting new real estate projects. Andalucía is to widen the protection of the first 500m from the coastline. The document will be ready in two years, although some reports will come into effect in six months. The Andalucía Councillor for Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment Mr. Luis Planas has presented a press release in which he says ‘The document is in a certain way an answer to the Junta and their massive failure and that of the local Town Halls to adopt the plans of the POTA which was released in 2006. Now, seven years on, only 11% of the 771 municipalities and ten along the coast have adapted to POTA.