Safety netting no longer so safe on Javea beaches on Costa Blanca

SAFETY MEASURES: Workmen installing the netting in 2014Photo credit: Javea town hal

STEEL mesh safety netting on the Granadella cliffs is no longer sufficient to contain breakaway rocks. The netting, installed five years ago on Granadella’s south-facingcliffs, is bulging in some places and torn in others. The same problem also exists in other coves and bays in Javea, as the steel mesh that was installed at the Tango cove began to split some time back while steel cables fixed to the cliffs at the Ambolo beach have slackened. Rockfalls are so frequent at the latter that it was closed in 2006 although beachgoers consistently continue to ignore the town hall’s warning notices and barriers. Meanwhile hikers have reported “huge” potholes in the path leading down to the Granadella beach. This path skirts the wooded area that escaped the fire of 2016 which devastated 812 hectares of protected land although its surface has suffered from the most recent bouts of torrential rain.

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