BARING ALL: Nudists on Costa Blanca beach oppose new tower block

AN Irish expat has joined protests against a five-storey tower block that has sprung up behind her favourite nudist beach.

Brenda Kelleher, 41, fears the 68 apartments will lead to ‘peeping toms’ ruining the secluded stretch on Almadrava Beach, between Oliva and Denia.

She has now joined local women’s group Asociacion Aquarela in a series of ‘monthly protests’ to demand the town hall creates a safe and hidden naturist zone for them to use.

“It was one of the last virgin places that hadn’t been touched by development,” Brenda told the Olive Press.

She and her family have been regularly using the beach for years.

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“We used to come here every evening in summer and love the privacy and seclusion, but this huge block has ruined all that,” she added.

The beach has been a safe haven for naturists for more than 40 years.

But with the housing complex set for completion early this summer, Brenda fears its days are numbered.

She claimed various friends have faced verbal abuse from construction workers working on the site over the last few months.

“It’s going to be a big change I don’t know if we will keep coming here or go to Cala Ambolo some 10kms away,” she said.

Maite Mompo, 51, who started women’s group Aquarela to combat the development, said she had asked the local town hall to designate the beach as an official naturist site.

“Their answer was to send in the police to arrest us,” she claimed.

The Spaniard who spent four years on Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior ship added that the majority of apartments in the new development would be second homes.

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