Left Bloc asks government about destruction of century-old trees in Ancão

Left-wing party Bloco de Esquerda (BE) has asked the government about the destruction of century-old trees on a plot of land near Praia do Ancão. The trees were reportedly cut as part of government-imposed land clearance and fire protection rules.

As the Resident reported last week, local residents are outraged over the incident and call for those responsible to be brought to justice (click here).

Loulé Council has denied any involvement and called it an “environmental attack that will not go unpunished”. However, a group of citizens who had previously contacted the town hall about the matter was told that a felling licence had been issued.

In fact, the council’s inspection department had said the works were “duly licensed by the Institute of Nature and Forest Conservation (ICNF)” in a written response to the group.

BE has since weighed in, calling what happened in Ancão “very serious”.

“It is urgent to determine who was responsible, act according to the law and ensure that similar situations do not happen again,” stress MPs João Vasconcelos and Nelson Peralta.

They have also asked the environment minister about the licence issued by the ICNF and what, “if any”, plans are in place to replant the area.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com