Sunday saw over 100 surfers take to the beaches to protest (article in Castilian) against the breakwaters being built along the city's beaches. The breakwaters and under-water walls have been installed in some of the beaches in order to not lose any more of the sand that was rapidly disappearing from the man-made beaches as a result of storms. However, the surfers were protesting as these breakwaters also eliminate waves making it impossible to surf in and around Barcelona. The Associació Catalana de Surf has spearheaded an ongoing campaign, including self-funded reports to find alternatives to the walls, ever since the first walls were erected in 2007.
Today sees the start of enrollment for children at P3 level (article in Castilian), which will remain open until April 3rd. Catalunya will offer 84,625 public places for P3 age students,13,795 of which are in Barcelona. For the first time, parents can apply over the internet, although they still have to present the correct documentation at the schools in question. In addition, this year sees the introduction of special checks to stop the growing incidences of fraud, for instance, in the case of parents using false documents (such as their empadronamiento certificate) to try to obtain a place for their child at a popular, over-subscribed school. If parents are found guilty of this, they will lose their child's place and have to enroll them in another school.
Of the 107 Cercanías stations in Barcelona, (article in Castilian) 53 of them need urgent remodelling to accommodate new trains that do not actually fit the stations: the new trains measure 200 metres but the 53 stations measure only 160 metres. The public works department Formento have outlined plans to rectify this error costing in the region of €950 millon. Not only will the platforms be extended to accommodate the new trains, other deficiencies will be rectified, for instance, 79 stations are not accesible for people with disabilities, 96 don't have places to leave bicycles and 68 don't offer places to park or park and ride facilities. The work is planned to be completed by 2015.