The Left Bloc (BE) has asked for the Estela golf course to be moved to Póvoa de Varzim, considering that the course, built 32 years ago, is located “in a sensitive area of the coast”.
The party warned of the recurrent focus of pollution caused by the plastic bags containing sand used to defend the primary dune, where the course is located, from the advancing sea, and said that “the renaturalization and recovery ‘of the area are required.
“The left block requires the immediate removal of plastic bags and other waste from Estela beach, and that the golf course be moved from this sensitive coastal area to allow for the promotion of the recovery of the primary dune, applying thus a solution based on nature. this will better protect the agricultural fields located to the east, ”BE said in a statement.
The party reported that there were works to protect the dune, carried out in August this year, by the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA), with artificial increase in sand, at a cost of € 115,000. , but after a few months this was washed away by the natural process of the sea.
“The left bloc had the information that the entire intervention to protect the primary dune had already been eroded, not even two months later. It was an artificial, costly and short-term intervention to protect the dune, already degraded by the development of the golf course and now leaving the bags that had been buried uncovered ”.
In August of this year, in response to a request for clarification from the party, the Ministry of the Environment informed that the artificial expansion of the beach would be the solution “which guarantees greater efficiency in the short term in the face of the problems of erosion which justify urgent intervention “, but he defended that the action” must be combined in the future with actions of rehabilitation of the dunes, ensuring a greater resilience of this portion of coastline “.
In the same letter, the ministry specifies that “the mission of the Estela Golfe company is to monitor the protective infrastructures that it has installed in front of the golf course, as well as to intervene, whenever it finds that there are damaged bags, in order to remove them and prevent them from being washed away by the sea ”.
In April, after a complaint from the People-Animals-Nature (PAN) party concerning the source of pollution with debris from plastic bags, the company that owns the golf course proceeded to clean up the sand, but recalled that “the solutions to protect the dune and the invasion of the sea for properties facing the seafront are exclusively the business of APA ”.