DISAPPOINTMENT OVER CALA MOSCA PROTECTED AREA
C.L.A.R.O's initial welcome given to the Valencia government acceptance of the proposal to declare part of Cala Mosca a Protected Area to conserve the two endangered species present on Orihuela Costa's last kilometre of natural coast, quickly turned to disappointment.
The Valencia government has approved a protected area, where no building will be allowed, of less than 3 hectares whereas the proposal from the Orihuela government was for an area of 3.5 hectares. The details of the approval plan reveal that the missing half hectare is where the protected plant, the Cat's Head Rockrose (Jarilla Cabeza de Gato), is mainly found. Furthermore, the protected area is no more than the narrow strip of land following the coast used as a coastal walkway, where no plants are found any longer and where no construction would in any case have been allowed. See attached map.
What the Popular Party controlled Valencia government has approved is protection of the interests of the developer and not protection of the endangered plant. This is shameful and shows that the regional government is up to the usual trick of protecting the interests of the developer and not protecting the environment or the interests of residents and tourists who greatly value this last piece of green land on the Orihuela coast which should not be covered by 1,500 new houses or apartments.
It is very unlikely that this partial protection plan will be the last word in the fight to save Cala Mosca. This summer C.L.A.R.O. collected 2,000 objections to the developer's latest building plans which would allow public spaces, parks, gardens and car parking to be situated where the protected plant and another protected species are located. If these objections are accepted by the Valencia government, the plans would have to be changed. If the Valencia government does not accepted these objections, there is no doubt that C.L.A.R.O. will take the matter once again to the European Parliament where the Petitions Committee has had the subject of Cala Mosca on its agenda since 2010 when C.L.A.R.O. presented a petition with over 7,000 signatures to Save Cala Mosca.
The next step is for the Orihuela government to make its announced objection to the reduced Protected Area plan and to request the full 3.5 hectares be included in the protected zone. C.L.A.R.O. will, of course, support this objection. After that, decisions on the future of CALA Mosca will have to be taken by the Valencia Government but they will need to take into account that the European Parliament will be looking over its shoulder to ensure that no construction on Cala Mosca will be allowed unless fully in compliance with all urban and environmental laws.