Cliff concerns

By PAULO SILVESTRE [email protected]

Residents living near Praia Dona Ana have expressed their concern that further erosion by heavy rain this winter could cause the cliff road to collapse.

Last year rain caused several rocks to crumble to the beach, which was nominated for the World Travel Awards best beach, and they fear further damage this winter could affect the road.

Pamela Sparling, a member of a residents’ association in Praia Dona Ana, is worried.

She told the Algarve Resident: “Since the terrible rains of last winter, the cliff road above the beach has been crumbling away very badly.”

She added: “At the top of the road there are service pipes now exposed, while the rocks keep on falling onto the beach below, which is also dangerous. “All the residents here are very concerned about the danger that the cliff erosion poses to our properties, as if it gets much worse it will have a very bad effect on all of us and the businesses here.”

She concluded: “Lagos Câmara did build wooden steps onto the beach but that is not enough as the whole area is very dangerous for visitors and residents alike.”

A spokesman from the regional water authority (ARH) told the Algarve resident: “We are aware of the situation of Praia Dona Ana, as well as all beaches that we monitor in the region.

“This beach received works last year and there was a thinning of the cliff to avoid the falling of rocks. Where there’s a cliff there is always some risk. The site is signposted with danger warnings and constantly monitored by ARH technicians.”

After many attempts to contact Lagos Câmara, no-one was available to comment about this matter at the time the Algarve Resident went to press on Wednesday.

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