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Cabildo gets tough and evicts 100 people from Valle Gran Rey 

PAGE 14 Cabildo gets tough and  evicts 100 people from Valle Gran Rey

Around 100 people who have either been camping or living illegally in the open-air have been forcibly removed from one of the most picturesque areas of La Gomera.

The island’s Cabildo says it will do everything it can to safeguard the protected area of Valle Gran Rey, especially its coastal zone.

The latest actions were concentrated in the areas of Playa del Inglés and in the Site of Scientific Interest of the Charco del Cieno where the evicted people were living.

Insular councillor, Alfredo Herrera said members of the environment department also carried out extensive cleaning, waste collection and the removal of equipment.

In future, patrols in this area will be stepped up.

A similar operation was carried out in December when more than 600 kilos of waste was collected and 16 illegal campers evicted.

The Cabildo says the conservation of several protected areas of the Valle Gran Rey coastline is being put at risk.

“For this, the insular institution plans to maintain the surveillance and cleaning device that it activates in coordination with other public administrations in order to avoid the presence of people who alter the conservation and the correct state of protected areas such as the Site of Scientific Interest of the Charco del Cieno or the perimeter of Playa del Inglés,” said a spokesman.

Various initiatives are also being planned to bring more awareness to residents and tourists about the need for conservation of the island’s natural spaces.