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VICAR RESIDENTS RALLY TO SAVE RAMBLA DEL CAÑUELO

The protesters outside the town hall

Vícar residents joined forces with members of the groups ‘Ecologists in Action’ and the ‘United Left’ last week in the car park of the Vícar City Council under the theme ‘Save the Cañuelo!’ as they began their march to protest against the construction of a gravel quarry in the area.

“It will totally destroy a completely unspoilt area currently not influenced by man, an area of the local countryside considered to have significant landscape value where there are species of flora such as the deciduous hackberry trees, hawthorn bushes, both of which are considered ‘of special interest’ according to the catalogue of endangered and vulnerable species at risk of extinction.

As for the animal life in the area, there can regularly be seen examples of the Eurasian Eagle Owl, there are nesting sites for the juvenile Bonelli’s eagle and there is an extremely extensive bat cave, “according to conservationist Juan Adolfo López Montes, and a local resident of Vicar.

Despite all these facts being well known to local politicians they are being completely ignored, he said. “The Department of the Environment of the Junta in Almería has given environmental clearance for the construction of a gravel quarry, even despite a number of reports from field technicians and the head of the Natural Environment Protection Agency who all say that the landscape and all of its local characteristics and wildlife will be completely ruined.

Lopez claimed that the Head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Jose Maria Sanchez Garcia, told him that the findings of field technicians should not be ignored but despite their recommendations we have recently learned that all permits necessary for quarrying have now been granted. It would appear that the Junta is being very secretive about the whole process.

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The protesters outside the town hall

Vícar residents joined forces with members of the groups ‘Ecologists in Action’ and the ‘United Left’ last week in the car park of the Vícar City Council under the theme ‘Save the Cañuelo!’ as they began their march to protest against the construction of a gravel quarry in the area.

"It will totally destroy a completely unspoilt area currently not influenced by man, an area of the local countryside considered to have significant landscape value where there are species of flora such as the deciduous hackberry trees, hawthorn bushes, both of which are considered ‘of special interest’ according to the catalogue of endangered and vulnerable species at risk of extinction.

As for the animal life in the area, there can regularly be seen examples of the Eurasian Eagle Owl, there are nesting sites for the juvenile Bonelli’s eagle and there is an extremely extensive bat cave, "according to conservationist Juan Adolfo López Montes, and a local resident of Vicar.

Despite all these facts being well known to local politicians they are being completely ignored, he said. “The Department of the Environment of the Junta in Almería has given environmental clearance for the construction of a gravel quarry, even despite a number of reports from field technicians and the head of the Natural Environment Protection Agency who all say that the landscape and all of its local characteristics and wildlife will be completely ruined.

Lopez claimed that the Head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Jose Maria Sanchez Garcia, told him that the findings of field technicians should not be ignored but despite their recommendations we have recently learned that all permits necessary for quarrying have now been granted. It would appear that the Junta is being very secretive about the whole process.

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