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A Brit in Ayamonte Jun 20th 2019 2:03 pm

Polluted beaches
 
What's going on with the beach, Punta Del Moral? The water's edge is full of toilet paper ( and worse)

Nobody could swim or let children paddle in that.

What is being done?

Moses2013 Jun 20th 2019 2:25 pm

re: Polluted beaches
 

Originally Posted by A Brit in Ayamonte (Post 12700665)
What's going on with the beach, Punta Del Moral? The water's edge is full of toilet paper ( and worse)

Nobody could swim or let children paddle in that.

What is being done?

This was last year:Spain fined €12 million for failing to treat urban waste water

On Wednesday, the court found that Spain has failed to comply fully, because in nine of the 17 municipalities the work required to bring them in line with EU regulations had not been done. In addition to these four in Malaga province, it also applies to Matalascañas, Isla Cristina, Tarifa, Barbate, east Gijón, Santiago de Compostela, Aguiño-Carreira-Ribeira, Vigo, Benicaró, Peñíscola, Teulada-Moreira, north-east Valle Guerra and Valle de Güímar, the last two being in the Canary Islands. According to the law, local councils are obliged to provide adequate sewage treatment facilities, but the financial circumstances of small town halls has meant that the matter has normally become the responsibility of the relevant regional governments (in most cases) or the government if the treatment plant is considered a matter of General Interest to the State. In the case of Andalucía, since 2011 every household has been paying an Improvement Charge, a tax included in the water bills to pay for the works to improve sewage treatment.

This is another rarticle https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/07/25...83_116669.html

Jon-Bxl Jun 22nd 2019 8:03 am

re: Polluted beaches
 

Originally Posted by Moses2013 (Post 12700676)
This was last year:Spain fined €12 million for failing to treat urban waste water

On Wednesday, the court found that Spain has failed to comply fully, because in nine of the 17 municipalities the work required to bring them in line with EU regulations had not been done. In addition to these four in Malaga province, it also applies to Matalascañas, Isla Cristina, Tarifa, Barbate, east Gijón, Santiago de Compostela, Aguiño-Carreira-Ribeira, Vigo, Benicaró, Peñíscola, Teulada-Moreira, north-east Valle Guerra and Valle de Güímar, the last two being in the Canary Islands. According to the law, local councils are obliged to provide adequate sewage treatment facilities, but the financial circumstances of small town halls has meant that the matter has normally become the responsibility of the relevant regional governments (in most cases) or the government if the treatment plant is considered a matter of General Interest to the State. In the case of Andalucía, since 2011 every household has been paying an Improvement Charge, a tax included in the water bills to pay for the works to improve sewage treatment.

This is another rarticle https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/07/25...83_116669.html

OHMIGOSH!!! :eek:
Another piece of bad news in our region. A while back I started a 'good news' thread, it didn't last long !!!

Jon

A Brit in Ayamonte Jun 22nd 2019 9:44 am

re: Polluted beaches
 
A couple of recent photographs, it was worse on the beach. Basically, paddling in raw sewage.

A Brit in Ayamonte Jun 22nd 2019 9:48 am

re: Polluted beaches
 
Look closely, my property is close to here and I'm fuming and disgusted.
I CAN'T FOR SOME REASON UPLOAD THE PHOTOGRAPHS?

A Brit in Ayamonte Jun 22nd 2019 10:09 am

re: Polluted beaches
 
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/british...913a81da2.jpeg
It also smells

A Brit in Ayamonte Jun 22nd 2019 10:16 am

re: Polluted beaches
 
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/british...419c7e67e.jpeg
I don't think that is an octopuss...

A Brit in Ayamonte Jun 22nd 2019 10:26 am

re: Polluted beaches
 
The water's edge was even worse on the beach, basically human sewerage and toilet paper. If you look at the image of the sea, that is not marine wildlife floating about. I think its a sanitary product. I have emailed the Town Hall - no reply.

You would think they would take things seriously. If people stop coming to the beaches, the knock-on effect will be bad for the locals along with the economy.

Dxf Jun 22nd 2019 1:34 pm

re: Polluted beaches
 
Hola

At this time of year their resources are at full stretch; not only holiday makers but owners come over so their is more to deal with. Whilst the solution is not impossible, they would have to put the charges up for the next ten years to probably double to have the resources necessary.

Davexf

A Brit in Ayamonte Jun 22nd 2019 5:25 pm

re: Polluted beaches
 
Then they should put the charges up for ten years. Swimming in shit certainly is not the answer.

Jon-Bxl Jun 23rd 2019 5:36 am

re: Polluted beaches
 

Originally Posted by A Brit in Ayamonte (Post 12701437)
Then they should put the charges up for ten years. Swimming in shit certainly is not the answer.

.... And after all its a legal requirement that they have been fined for, for not implementing... Paying a fine, even if it reduces when the work is done, is still money that is not used for the community.

So avoid swimming in the area for a minimum of 10 years!!! That's after they start. Ugh!

We were in Punta Umbria last year and saw something disturbing there as well. This is shocking for what is supposed to be a first world country.

Clearly NOT a blue flag beach.... They better not show that flag!!

It begs the question 'if this is what they do with sewage, which is visible, (and illegal) what other horrors lie hidden under the surface?' "They" being the authorities.

Ugh!!! quite literally 'what a mess' ! :eek:

Jon

Dxf Jun 23rd 2019 10:38 am

re: Polluted beaches
 
Hola

And as if by magic, the Junta de Andalucia announced today in the Olive Press "Sewage projects are to get a huge amount of money in Huelva, with €35m set aside"
Full article here
https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-n...n-new-budgets/
Davexf

A Brit in Ayamonte Jun 23rd 2019 10:48 am

re: Polluted beaches
 
Well, it certainly seemed to keep people off the beach compared to previous years.

The concerns I have is, if this is taken up by the 'social media' set coupled with the drunk / drug-addled parking attendants in Ayamonte - then the area will have a problem. Including the already declining property prices.

Moses2013 Jun 24th 2019 9:30 am

re: Polluted beaches
 

Originally Posted by A Brit in Ayamonte (Post 12701595)
Well, it certainly seemed to keep people off the beach compared to previous years.

The concerns I have is, if this is taken up by the 'social media' set coupled with the drunk / drug-addled parking attendants in Ayamonte - then the area will have a problem. Including the already declining property prices.

Unfortunately your area is not even that bad. This was in March and the video is just shocking.
https://www.theseasidegazette.com/20.../nerjas-shame/

Even if they fix the problem, it will happen again I'm afraid.

A Brit in Ayamonte Jun 24th 2019 9:54 am

re: Polluted beaches
 
That's truly vile. I suspect something similar is happening locally - to have toilet paper for miles is not just the odd mishap.


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