Greenpeace says illegal building destroys costas

16th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

16 November 2005, ALMERIA — Greenpeace activists have occupied a beachside hotel along Spain's Andalusian coastline in protest at illegal building which they say is destroying the costas.

16 November 2005

ALMERIA — Greenpeace activists have occupied a beachside hotel along Spain's Andalusian coastline in protest at illegal building which they say is destroying the costas.

Activists landed at the Playa del Algarrobico, in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park.

They are demanding the local council demolishes a complex which will comprise eight hotels, containing 1,500 apartments and a golf course.

The unfurled huge posters which read: 'Demolish' and 'Illegal'.

María José Caballero, spokesman for Greenpeace said: "This hotel is a symbol of the destruction of the coastline. None of the authorities have answered the questions which Greenpeace has asked about the illegality of the building.

"We are not going to tolerate the silence of the authorities. We will not stop until respect for the environment wins."

The Andalusian regional government said the land on which the hotel is being built  was classified as fit for urbanisation, even thought it did come under a national plan to preserve resources at the National Park which became law in 1994.
 
Greenpeace said the regional government was violating the Coastal Law of 1988 which says no building can be built within 100 metres of the beach.

Recently, a report by the environment ministry found nearly 3,000 km of the Spanish coastline was not defined as state property, so developers could build there with impunity.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

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