31 Mar, 2021 @ 15:00
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WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH: Protected nature park in Spain’s Peñiscola becomes a rubbish dump

The Serra d'Irta nature park
The Serra d'Irta nature park

A PROTECTED nature park in Peñiscola (Castellon) has turned into a rubbish dump.

Residents and the local council are complaining that the Serra d’Irta is now full of plastic bottles, cans, glass, wooden boxes and even stray sandals and discarded paella pans.

According to the town hall Environment department, maintenance of the coastal park is the responsibility of the regional government – but the Generalitat’s failure to keep it clean could force the council to intervene.

The situation was first highlighted by a resident’s association, who alerted the town hall. The council then contacted the park management, who reported a lack of human and material resources to properly maintain the protected area.

Serra Dirta nature park rubbish
The Serra d’Irta nature park

Local environment councillor Miguel Castell described the situation as ‘unacceptable’ and vowed to clear the site if the Generalitat fails to do so.

The Serra d’Irta could soon be closed off to the public, as the regional government plans to restrict access by car in the summer to prevent overcrowding.

Castell has called for all residents to be allowed into the park after the ban as it is a favourite spot for picnics and walks.

The same request has been filed by the councils of the neighbouring towns Alcala de Xivert and Santa Magdalena. 

Glenn Wickman

Glenn is a trained and experienced journalist, having obtained a BA Hons degree in Journalism and Communication Studies with Spanish from Middlesex University (London) in 2001.
Since then he has worked on several English-language newspapers in Alicante Province, including 11 years at the Costa Blanca News.
He is trilingual in English, Spanish and Catalán/Valenciano, a qualified ELT teacher and translator with a passion for the written word.
After several years in Barcelona, Glenn has now returned to the Costa Blanca (Alicante), from where he will cover local stories as well as Valencia and Castellón/Costa Azahar.
Please drop him a line if you have any news that you think should be covered in either of these areas, he will gladly get in touch!

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