Curral das Freiras cable car concern

Negative visual and environmental impact

Curral das Freiras

PPM Madeira, the small monachstic party today expressed its concern “with another intention of the Regional Government to continue to destroy the nature of the island of Madeira”. PPM was founded in 1974 by various groups opposing the Estado Novo, in the context of the Carnation Revolution

“This time the Regional Government’s stubbornness in wanting to build a cable car in the parish of Curral das Freiras that will have a negative visual and environmental impact on that parish, in addition to destroying part of the hitherto untouchable landscape”, explained the party’s coordinator, Paulo Brito, in a press release.

“The excuse for this construction is to bring more development to the parish of Curral das Freiras”, but PPM Madeira recalls “that other works have already been carried out in that parish with the same excuses, such as a new school and the construction of the swimming pool, which in nothing they brought new or further development to Curral das Freiras”.

PPM Madeira is also concerned about the situation of birds that come to nest in that area, which will be severely affected by these works.

Curral das Freiras celebrated its 232nd anniversary of becoming a parish yesterday.

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11 thoughts on “Curral das Freiras cable car concern”

  1. The question begs, is another cable car needed? The current ones connect places at different heights whereas as this one is, I believe, intended to span the valley. There is also a zip wire planned.

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  2. I predict it’ll only be uesd by those who don’t fear heights. Young children and those getting on in years wouldn’t want to use it. It’s only for thrill seekers at the end of the day. It will, like wind turbines spoil the vista and natural surroundings of such a beautiful setting.

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    • “Those getting on in years.”. Are they are supposed to sit by the fire and knit??? And plenty of young children have no fear of heights and would love it!

      However, I totally agree that the valley is best left as it is. People come for the peace and beauty of the place. A cable car in such an environment is inappropriate.

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      • It will also be a major health and safety issue when things go wrong. At that height above the valley floor I can’t see how a rescue can be made when things go wrong.

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  3. The yanks are coming, the yanks are coming! Over the past 20 years; but especially in past 5 or so; Madeira has surrendered to the developers and is in severe danger of losing its charm. It is killing the golden goose on a regulalr basis.

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  4. If only the same could be said of the rest of the island too. The hotel district is somewhere we would never stay and with the new development in the very heart of Funchal, the Pestana apartments and the cafe in the market, it is all going too far. Money is at the root of the issue but the locals are virtually powerless to stop those whose viice is heard above the workers

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  5. I wonder if, like the supposed extra docking facilities in Funchal harbour, this attempt to turn Madeira into a Disneyland resort will just yet another white elephant? The question begs to be answered is the finance for this just another exercise in money laundering or simply another project to get EU funding and provide building contracts for those with the right conections? They wanted to build one at Rabacal until they were reminded it was a UN world heritage site and that could be downgraded if the cable car went ahead!

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