Outrage over gravel on Mojacar beaches

Prime tourist attractions are being regenerated with mining waste instead of sand

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Mountains of sand have been dumped on the beach ready for spreading by machines – but much of it is pebbly gravel (inset)

By David Jackson

A complaint has been filed against the use of poor quality sand in the regeneration of beaches across Mojácar.

More than 15,000 cubic metres of sand is being replaced to prepare beaches for the summer season by the national government’s coastal agency. In all, six Mojácar beaches from Marina de la Torre to Lomos del Cantal are being rebuilt ahead of the busy summer season under a government regeneration project called ‘Plan Litoral 2017’.

But Ecologistas en Acción, the environmental organisation, has stepped in after complaints from residents saying that the sand contains an “aberrantly high” proportion of earth, clay and gravel which is not suitable for use on a tourist beach.

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