Soller.— Spain's Coastal department said yesterday that the use of sand from Albacete will enable engineers to push forward one of the most important aspects of the Soller bay regeneration project, one that has been ongoing since October 2010. In fact, the integral reform project was originally conceived ten years ago but is only recently beginning to show signs of progress.

Despite doubts, setbacks and delays, both the tourist and commercial sectors in Soller have expressed satisfaction this week with what has been achieved to date along the seafront.

Last year, there had been complaints from all quarters about the realignment of the tram along the seafront walkway. Although the upheaval of construction has largely been forgotten, the tourist sector nevertheless had reservations about whether the extension of the Playa de Traves would be completed prior to the onset of this year's holiday season.

Soller's Partido Popular Mayor, Carlos Simarro said yesterday that the works should have got under way in earnest at the start of the week but so far only the groundwork has been in evidence. Pipes have been laid out along the shoreline through which the sand will be ferried to its new resting place. He claimed, however that weather permitting, three boatloads of sand will be arriving from the mainland.

Lluis Rullan, the President of the Soller Hoteliers' Association said that the Bay of Soller reform programme, including the beach extension, is vital to make the resort more competitive. “Previously, the beaches have only been able to take limited numbers of visitors,” he said. Meanwhile, resurfacing work in the Port continues.

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