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Background 

Early in September an article in the local newspaper revealed that the local politicians had taken a decision to renovate a non-existing concrete “bathing-pier”, 25 meters right through the vulnerable boulders of Mölle. As the municipality itself denied Skånes Vågsurfare access to the documentation of the plans, the files were requested from the county administrative board. The documents showed that the environmental administrator had encouraged the municipality to contact the local surfing community, which the municipality neglected. The files also contain no documentation of the old pier that the municipality aims to reconstruct or no prior investigations of environmental impacts.

It was mere luck that the three weeks of appeal had not passed when Skånes vågsurfare was made aware of the municipality’s plan, and that Skånes vågsurfare managed to hand in an appeal in time.

What is happening the past week

Last Friday a second statement regarding the organisation’s right of appeal was handed in to the court. The County then ruled against the building of a bathing pier. In the official judgement, they even went as far to say that Surfing as a leisure activity is of national interest in regards of coastal usage and the interest of Surfers and a proper dialogue was ignored by the Municipality.

But unfortunately the story doesn’t stop there as the Municipality and a handful persons in the Harbor Association has planned to defy this order and build anyway!!! The are willfully ignoring the County court injunction as they have already contracted the builders and they feel the injunction will be won on their appeal. Building is planned to start the 16th of April.

Their intention is not really to make a bathing pier for locals:

- which would be incredibly dangerous in the spot due to currents

-There are many other bathing areas in close proximity and others planned outside of the surfzone

-Few if any locals want the concrete pier. Most in fact are against it, in favor of surfing.

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