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Plan for West Coast available for public consultation

An environmental report of the controversial plan for the West Algarve and Southwest Alentejo Coastline has been presented at Odemira Câmara, in the Alentejo, and is available for public consultation until March 23.

The government has been accused of pushing through a plan, seriously restricting urban development in the area, without consulting residents and Mayors, who say it will stunt economic growth (see Algarve Resident February 18 edition).

Paula Sarmento, who is responsible for the plan, told Lusa news agency: “The plan aims to improve management of this area by stopping wild camping and enhancing nature conservation.”

She also stressed the importance of improving accessibility and rearranging parking areas in a bid to protect the coastline. “This area is very popular with motorhomers, who park illegally, destroying the landscape,” she added.

The plan will also see the construction of pedestrian walkways and cycle paths in order to preserve the area’s dunes and cliffs.

The plan covers the municipalities of Aljezur, Vila do Bispo, Odemira, Sines and Santiago do Cacém and represents a total investment of €47 million.