By Joe Chivers,

A PROMENADE planned for Nerja’s Playazo beach has been rejected by the council, along with another in Torre de Benagalbon.

Expats have backed the decision to axe the plans, which  were drawn up by the Spanish Ministry of the Environment.

The development of the large, sandy Playazo beach was rejected due to funding issues.

The municipality would have to contribute €2 million towards the €8.6 million project, a cost which councillor for the environment, Nieves Atencia, called ‘unacceptable’.

Speaking to the Olive Press, long-time expat Charlie Bond said: “They’d just be getting into more debt, it’s unnecessary in the current economic climate.”

“Plus the boatyards give a service to a lot of people, and if they built the promenade there would be nowhere else to store them,” he added.

The Rio Seco, which flows out at the beach, presents another problem.

Meanwhile, in Torre de Benagalbon, which falls under the control of Rincon de la Victoria, the promenade project has been met with opposition from both residents and the local government.

There have been calls for a promenade that would not not change the existing environment so much.

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