Local residents were briefed last Friday at the Las Ramblas Golf Club on the successful campaign to stop toxic fumes coming from the near-by Campoamor waste tip. The event was organised jointly by the CLARO political party and the Altamira Community of Las Ramblas.
Altamira community president Bob Hammond gave a presentation on the campaign to do something about the site on the Orihuela-Pilar border which started five years ago when residents complained about the stench coming from the abandoned tip and even claiming to be ill as a result of it.
The community joined forces with CLARO and Vertivega to launch legal action three years ago which eventually led to the new Valencia government elected in 2015 to force the site owners to seal the tip and stop toxic gases oozing out as reported earlier this year in The Courier. The next phase of the operation involves looking at how to actually get rid of the waste matter.