Faro Camara Opposes The Demolition of Island Homes
In March 2014 Portugal’s environment minister, Jorge Moreira da Silva, announced that he was to proceed with the demolition of 835 buildings in areas at risk of coastal erosion on the islands off Faro and Olhao.
The programme is the Polis Litoral Programme (2008) which aims to create an integrated and coordinated policy for coastal areas, to rehabilitate and reclaim risk areas and degraded natural areas along the coast and to remove unsightly fishermen and flatten their shacks.
The cost to demolish homes in the Ria Formosa was €16.6 million, but now Faro council has spoken out against the plan. Faro’s mayor is quoted as saying that nobody wins anything if these properties are demolished and there are no risk factors. This will be discussed as the council’s arguments with the Minister for Environment with whom he has a meeting scheduled for July.
This objection comes as a boost to the islanders who do no harm, and believe they are just in the way of some larger project which dates back to 2008.
The blacklist includes 808 homes located on Praia de Faro, Hangares, Farol and its islets. These buildings have been threatened with demolition due to the risk of coastal erosion and storm damage, but the mayor today outlined the inconsistencies in the approach as Armona comes under Olhao council, Hangares is scheduled to lose 159 buildings, some lighthouse dwellings are located in an area previously managed by the former Institute for Ports and Maritime Transport which will stay, the remaining 217 houses are on the list of houses to be demolished.
Faro now wants to see houses saved and does not see a problem with those fishermen who live there staying put.