Small businesses charge utilities firm for privatising one of Europe’s longest beaches

Published on : Saturday, May 20, 2017

La BauleSmall businesses which serve the visitors on apart of France’s longest beach accused a firm of privatising the area. They panic if this goes on it might force them to close the businesses.

 

La Baule in Brittany makes up 9km of the western coast of France, from Pornichet to Pouliguen, and has an upmarket image thanks to its luxury hotels and villas. The bleisure travellers including Parisians love it.

 

The dispute started when last year in December 5.4km of La Baule was put into the control of French utilities firm Veolia, which specialises in waste treatment, for 12 years.  The company plans to refurbish the facilities, and take over from the 35 business on the stretch, including bars, restaurants and sailing clubs as the media reported.

 

Veolia also have it in their plans to knock down permanent buildings in this portion of La Baule, and open temporary buildings which can be removed during the off-season of the tourists. the estimated cost would be something between €200,000 and €700,000.

 

Loic Durand-Raucher who is the manager of the beach association at La Baule, says that businesses fear the cost of this will passed on to them, forcing them to close. He added that the new structures will homogenise the beach’s buildings.

 

In 2014 the beach was faced a deluge of deadly storm. The business faced losses and is when the local authority seek a firm to take control. Veolia, however, denied that the beach has been privatised, and said that businesses won’t incur any costs.

 

In a similar line, locals complained when Martin’s Beach in California was blocked to public access in 2014.

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