Community groups and green activists have expressed their opposition to a project to extend an esplanade in Marbella that, they say, would actually take away public access to part of a popular beach.
The regional government wants to improve the eastern esplanade next to its La Bajadilla port, including adding 47 parking spaces.
Green group Ecologistas Malaka was the first to object, saying the plan would restrict access to part of the sand on the neighbouring beach known as Playa del Cable. They say the planned work won't solve problems in the area and will "increase the area of the beach that will be privatised and concreted over".
Locals are also unhappy that a public area for beach barbecues, which was dismantled because of coronavirus restrictions, has not been put back again so far.
Victoria Morales, local coordinator of the Izquierda Unida party says the plan "in the end will take land out of public use for the use of just a few people".
This summer, La Kavra, an association seeking more public spaces for art in Marbella, held an event on the beach with 100 giant sardine 'espetos' in a bid to get the area for impromptu barbecues put back again.