Planners fall out with City Authorities
The Journal reports that the Regional Directorate for Spatial Planning and Environment is concerned about the wastewater discharges in the bathing area at Praia do Gorgulho, and has reported the issue (forgive the pun!) to the Câmara Municipal do Funchal, by means of a letter sent yesterday to the Mayor of the municipality.
The regional director, Paula Menezes, is concerned that the problem persists at Praia do Gorgulho,”with serious damages to the environmental quality and injuring public health”.
Menezes emphasises that the Câmara do Funchal has the ability and the duty to solve this type of problem, having to do it quickly due to the approach of the bathing season (Praia do Gorgulho is a very popular location at the height of summer, pictured below), and to solve a problem that “persists and tarnishes the image the city of Funchal and the Autonomous Region of Madeira”.
The popularity of the typical Madeiran pebble beach at Praia do Gorgulho is partly due to it being free to the public.