Orihuela councillor for beaches, Martina Scheurer has given an update on the works that has been carried out on the beaches to get them ready for the summer season. Firstly, she announced that the lifeguard service will begin on June 15th and finish on September 25th, on all 11 of the beaches in Orihuela Costa from 10am-8pm. This will employ 43 people, including those in charge of the boats and medical transport.
The same timetable will apply to the lift at Punta Prima, which has always only been in use in the summer and is also opened and closed by the lifeguards. The councillor pointed out that Punta Prima beach was one of the most affected by the storms this winter and has been visited by officials from the national Costas department to assess whether additional sand will be provided, although no decision has yet been made. Scheurer reminded that the Town Hall cannot do this without authorisation from this department of the Ministry for the Environment.
She also mentioned that almost all the pipes for the foot taps have been replaced with ones that are of wider diameter and buried deeper to prevent them being damaged or exposed by spells of bad weather.
On Aguamarina beach, Costas has authorised construction of an additional access at the end of the sand bank so that a lorry can get in without causing damage; work that will be carried out in the next two weeks and will free up the current access to be only for pedestrians.
Also at Aguamarina the large staircase is being repaired, after it was badly damaged by the storm and the waves, with an investment of €28,000.
At Cabo Roig, 750 metres of wooden handrails have been installed and the walls have been improved so that people are safer walking sown to the beach.
Also 22 bicycle racks have been distributed between every car park and entrance to the beaches, and the children’s play apparatus and exercise equipment is all being repainted.
Finally, the cycle path project has created a new access down to Cala Capitán, which is not only for bicycles but can also be used by the disabled and pedestrians. The councillor reminded that in those urbanisations with narrow streets, like in Cabo Roig, the cycle path has been painted down the middle of the street so as not to lose parking spaces in a busy area for tourists. This design, which has been used for certain sections and is already in use in many European cities, gives legal priority to cyclists over other types of vehicles.