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Local Headlines - February 2020

Scooter fines

Almost 1,400 users of electric scooters were fined in Málaga last year, according to the city’s Local Police. The most common offence was parking scooters in pedestrian areas, instead of in one of the 28 areas defined for that purpose. New by-laws regulating the use of the machines is expected to come into force in May.

Unusual visitors

A number of wild boars have been spotted at night in the centre of Nerja. A video recently circulated showed adults and their young wandering around calle Pintada and visiting the Balcón de Europa. Experts say the animals come into populated areas in search of food and water as the countryside feels the effect of the drought.

Healthy sales

Sales of non-new houses in the province of Málaga rose by 6.9% in 2019, bucking the national trend which recorded a fall of 1.3% after three years of increases, according to on-line agents Fotocasa. Only the Balearics and Santa Cruz de Tenerife returned figures higher than Málaga. The average price in the province at the end of the year was €2,244 per square metre, compared with €1,846 nationally.

Caves result

Nerja Caves saw an increase of 2.4 per cent in visitor numbers last year, compared with 2018. A total of 441,590 people visited the caverns at Maro which were marking the 60th anniversary of their discovery. Seventy per cent of visitors in 2019 were Spanish.

Motorcyclist dies

A 24-year-old man died on the westbound A-7 at Maro early last month when his motorcycle was in a violent collision with the safety barrier and caught fire. The emergency services were alerted by a number of calls from passing motorists. However, when they attended the scene, they could only certify that the young German rider had died.

Pricey Province

Second-hand car prices in the province of Málaga are the highest in Andalucía, according to new figures. The average price during 2019 was €16,715, compared with €13,914 in Granada which was the cheapest of the eight provinces in the region. Over 426,000 vehicles changed hands in Andalucía last year of which 70% were diesel, 29% were petrol and 58% were more than ten years old.


Local News  - February 2020

Rincón project

Work on a new outdoor auditorium in Rincón de la Victoria is expected to begin this month. The construction project for the 1,000-seater facility has a budget of €800,700. It will be built in the Huerta Julián district, close to the new swimming pool and the skate park.

Work continues

The work underway last month in Nerja’s calles Castilla Pérez, Jaén and Diputación was part of the final stages in the construction of the town’s new sewerage system. Meanwhile, work continued at the eastern end of Burriana beach where a pumping station will send the town’s waste water up to the treatment plant on the road to Maro.

Local News  - February 2020

First babies

The Axarquía’s first baby of 2020 was born in Vélez-Málaga hospital at 6.30am on January 2. Oliver is the son of proud parents Gloria and Ívan who live in Nerja. Two babies tied for the first new-born in Spain, both born at just two minutes past midnight on New Year’s Day in Valencia and Madrid.

Flamenco father

A video of a Málaga priest dancing during mass has been watched by almost half a million people on the Internet. Father José Palmas’ performance was recorded at the city’s Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles church where he was accompanied by a local Málaga choir. Father José says his grandfather was a gypsy and dancing, especially flamenco, has always been natural in the family.

Regional News - February 2020

Vests crisis

Jupol, the union representing most National Police officers, says that the province does not have enough bullet-proof vests. It claims a shortage of over 450 of the garments, which cost €631 each, means that officers have to share, leading to problems of hygiene and poor fitting. Jupol claims the situation has led to a number of officers purchasing the protective jackets themselves which it describes as “unacceptable.”

Convent project

Work to refurbish the Las Claras convent in the centre of Vélez-Málaga is expected to begin shortly. The Town Hall has authorised the Unicaja Bank to undertake the project which has a budget of €560,000. After the nuns moved to new premises in 2003, the building was earmarked for renovation but the later financial crisis prevented progress and it was taken into public ownership five years ago.

Banderas' first

Málaga-born Antonio Banderas has been nominated the 2019 Best Actor Oscar – the first nomination of his career - for his performance in Dolor y Gloria (Pain and Glory). The movie, directed by Pedro Almodóvar, has also been nominated in the Best Foreign Film category and has already won awards for Banderas and for Best Soundtrack at the Cannes Film Festival. The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on February 9.

False claims

A Spanish-Russian model is facing two years in jail after making false claims against a French footballer. The Marbella prosecutor says Luisa Kremleva lodged a complaint of sexual assault against Theo Hernández after they had had consensual sex in a car beneath a disco in the town in June 2017. He claims she was angered and took vengeance when he refused to spend the rest of the night with her.

No driver

Málaga’s first driverless bus is likely to start trials later this year, ferrying cruise liner passengers between the docks and the city centre. The 12-metre-long, 60-seater electric vehicle is to be operated by Grupo Avanza who say it will use ordinary roads alongside other traffic. It is reported to be Spain’s first autonomous local bus service.

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