Are parts of Sierra Nevada a real health hazard?
Monday, 13 April 2009
All of us are bound to come away from Sierra Nevada with some bumps and bruises, but people are questioning whether there are proper hygiene checks in place for specific points. Tourists and salespeople in the Hoya de la Mora area of the Sierra Nevada (where the sledging takes place) are complaining about the filth and debris which is piling up. It seems that both Cetursa (which runs the resort) and the University of Granada both own a stake in this zone, but neither is taking repsonsibility for rubbish collection or imposing controls on the businesses in this zone at the edge of the municipality of Monachil, within the province of Granada.

No toilets in Sierra Nevada

Anyone who has actually enjoyed a day’s sledging in this part of Granada’s resort, Sierra Nevada, will inevitably have come to the point where you just don’t know where and how to go. You can’t always bank on a bar or restaurant functioning with adequate facilities. In fact, in some places there isn’t even any running water. So what do you do? Faced with these options, the same as so many other visitors have done and returned to that huge public toilet, that is, nature. With the extended season this year, an unprecedented number of visitors and greater pressure on infrastructure and resources, there’s no prize for guessing how this has impacted on nature and the area generally. And the problems don’t stop at hygiene, but also a lack of control over business practices. For instance, proprietors who are following the rules are complaining about those who don’t even bother with opening licences, let alone proper facilities (fire exits, lighting, first aid).

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