ILLEGAL moorings in the bathing area of the Port of Pollensa's Albercuix beach will be ripped up this coming Sunday by representatives from Central Government's Coastal department and Pollensa Town Council .

The Council has discovered that a large number of boats are moored illegally near the beach, particularly in the high season. Joining forces with the beach management company run by the Port of Pollensa Residents' Association, the Council is pushing out the bathing limit markers to 150 metres from the shore, an extra 50 from the distance defined last year.

Once the boundary markers are in place, the Coastal Department and Town Council will set about taking out all the moorings that remain within the bathing limit, as none of them have official authorisation to drop anchor. A municipal technician said yesterday: “Apart from being illegal, the moorings are a safety risk.” As many as 25 volunteer divers will take part in the mission which will also involve removing items such as tyres and waste concrete which has been fly-tipped on the sea bed. A further 10 volunteers based on land will be removing items which are lying along the public promenade by the beach, such as boats - or remains of them - drawn up onto the shore or tied to trees, and any sunbeds which are not the property of the beach management company.