Image of the area where the beach bar has been granted permission to build. / SUR

Green campaigners appeal to Torrox council over new beach bar

GENA-Ecologistas en Acción say that opening a chiringuito is "incomprehensible" due to the threat to endangered plants

Eugenio Cabezas

Environmentalists and local residents have called on Torrox town hall not to give permission for a new beach bar in a cliff area next to the mouth of the river, despite getting the green light from the regional government.

The environmental association GENA Ecologistas en Acción sent a letter to the town hall this week requesting that it appeal against the concession for the construction granted by the regional government.

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According to GENA, in July 2020, a company presented to the Junta de Andalucía an application for a licence to build a beach bar in the area.

In the letter, GENA said it was "incomprehensible" that the Junta had granted a concession for the installation of this establishment "in a place of very high visual and landscape impact".

President of GENA, Rafael Yus, said that the frequency of traffic and waste caused by the bar "could increase the already threatened state of the Malaga evergreen ('Limonium malacitanum') and other threatened coastal rock plants".

Town hall sources have denied that a building permit will be granted to this new establishment, despite having been authorised by the Junta. "If the town hall decides to allow any more chiringuitos, it will hold an auction and agree on their location with the sector," they said.

The town hall added, "The Junta reports that it sees no obstacles to allowing a chiringuito in this area, but it is the town hall that authorises and gives the permits, as well as regional government."