THE Alicante Diputacion has awarded a grant of €40,000 to clear the Barranc del Vicari on the outskirts of the municipality of Benitachell.
The area is considered a major fire risk when vegetation and other rubbish builds up, and although well away from the main town centre is close to the Cumbre del Sol urbanisation.
The mountainous landscape has now become extremely neglected, with overgrown trees and shrubs increasing the risks of fire and flooding. Works will also be done in the Calistros area which was largely burnt out in the fires of two years ago. Environment Councillor Manolo Segarra said that a pleasing benefit of completing the works was that the hills would be better opened up for hikers.