Local police and civil protection officers control access to the river. / E. C.

Nerja lifts Chíllar river ban and renews calls for tighter controls

The town hall is concerned about the uncontrolled access to the beauty spot which has led to environmental problems and accidents

EUGENIO CABEZAS NERJA.

After 15 months of closure due to the pandemic, Nerja town hall has lifted the ban on access to the river Chíllar, in the area of Los Cahorros, within the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park. The ban had been in force since June 2020 as a precautionary measure to avoid Covid-19 infection.

At the same time, councillors have renewed their calls to the Junta de Andalucía regional government to regulate access and capacity to avoid a repetition of the patterns of overcrowding and rubbish being left in the protected beauty spot which were common before lockdown.

During the last council meeting held on Thursday of last week, councillors called upon the Junta to put in place "appropriate measures for the regulation, planning and integrated management of the river Chíllar, in order to control and minimise the risks arising from its use and enjoyment".

Among the proposals is the acquisition of an old power station and to convert it into a space for controlling access to the river.