STAFF REPORTER THE Balearic government is “in the process” of authorising a regeneration project for the beach at Cala Agulla in Capdepera,” said regional Tourism Minister, Joana Barcelo, yesterday.

Plans are for the beach to be filled in with extra layers of sand to stop erosion, said Barcelo, who refused to be drawn on a specific date for completion.

She was responding to a Parliamentary question from Mixed Party MP Maria Antonia Sureda about what action was going to be taken at Cala Agulla where local hoteliers had been claiming that the beach had been in general decline for nearly nine years. Sureda pointed out that the previous Minister for the Environment, Miquel Angel Grimalt, had been concerned about solutions put forward by Central Government's Coastal department which is still in charge of all matters related to Spain's coastline.

She claimed that the results of a technical study commissioned by Grimalt had looked favourably on excavating 40'000 square metres of sand from a nearby location.

This was apparently contrary to Coastal department plans to transport sand from a site in the western part of Majorca - a strategy which had caused conflict between Central and regional government.

Barcelo said she was doing “everything in her power” to have the beach ready in time for the tourist season.