ALICANTE province’s coastal authority is to prolong an existing path at the mouth of the Algar river in Altea.
The new section will now go as far as the beach, explained councillor Jaime Selles.
Work will consist principally of clearing the reed beds along the right-hand side of the river between the bridge and the bridge.
This would make the area more pedestrian-friendly, said Selles, although not all local residents believe this is strictly necessary. After radical remodelling two years ago the banks of the Algar have regenerated to such an extent that herons, egrets and moorhens have taken up residence in the reeds and marshy margins.
“They are happy with the way things are and so are we,” objected Andrés Urbanos, a resident of nearby Cap Negret who said he crossed the river every day and looked forward seeing the wildfowl. “Why change it now and disturb them?”