Saturday June 24th is the Fiesta de San Juan, with the evening/night of the 23rd (Noche de San Juan) being the big celebration on the beaches. It is usually ‘tent city’ on Burriana and El Playazo beaches – the only time overnight camping is permitted – and there will be live music on Burriana beach with the group Alalba and a number of DJ’s.

Puente Viejo reopens on Friday morning from 9 am following the first phase of repairs and asphalting. Road markings still need to be done and this will take place on June 28th when the bridge will be closed again, but only for the day this time.

The Council appears to have stepped up a couple of gears to glacial speed as they have now reportedly asked for an ‘urgent’ meeting with the Ministry to discuss the ‘paralysed’ work on the sewage plant. Such requests should have been made at least a year ago.

The joint venture company awarded the contract are in dire financial straits and the works became officially and completely ‘paralysed’ at the end of March this year. However, very little, if anything, has been achieved on the project in the past year or so, particularly relating to the collectors and powerful pumping station needed to pump the residual waters up Mount Everest.

In the meantime we had the burst sewage pipe off El Chucho beach and although this has since been repaired, forums, the press and social media continue to highlight reports and complaints about fecal matter and sanitary products floating in the waters.

What I found strange, in some ways, was that while the ‘turd fountain’ was merrily bubbling away and the sea was a brown colour, official tests on the water at various beaches apparently all came back as ‘normal’.

All along the southern coast, regardless of whether a town has a sewage plant or not, there have always been questions asked about the ‘scum’ (for the want of a better word) – ‘nata’ in Spanish – which regularly graces the surface of the waters. It seems almost inconceivable that we can retrieve particles from a distant planet or passing meteor and determine its constitution, when it was formed and if it supported life, but no-one seems to be able to scoop up a bit of ‘nata’ and stick it under a microscope. It would stop the endless speculation on the matter.