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Local Headlines - August 2020

Airfield expands

The mayor of Vélez-Málaga has been meeting owners of land around the municipality’s airfield with a view to expanding the facility.  Antonio Moreno wants to make Leoni Benabú aerodrome at El Trapiche the first alternative choice for private and goods flights into the province of Málaga.  However, the airfield must be expanded by 500 square metres before it can be given permission to operate such flights.

Power cuts

Nerja councillors have given the go-ahead to a €240,000 project which will reduce electricity consumption in the town hall.  The work will involve replacing external carpentry on the building with the intention of improving energy efficiency.  It is expected that the project will produce considerable environmental and financial savings.

Disinfecting continues

A new vehicle for cleaning and disinfecting streets is now operating in Nerja.  Operations increased last month, particularly in the town centre, with the arrival of summer visitors in an effort to inhibit the spread of Covid-19.  Municipal services councillor Gema García said that, since May, a specialist team has been working on the town’s beaches keeping toilets, showers and footbaths clean.

Cheaper gas

The price of a 12.5 kilo gas bottle fell by 5% on July 21, and is now set at a maximum of €12.71.  The figure is reviewed by the Government every two months and takes into account the cost of the primary materials (propane and butane) on the international markets, as well as transport costs and currency exchange rates.  However, revisions at the height of the Covid-19 crisis were suspended.


Missing fisherman

A 54-year-old man from Vélez-Málaga remains missing after the fishing boat Nuevo Rafael overturned and sank 14 miles south-east of the Alborán island, which itself lies 90 kilometres south of Almería.  The other three crew members were rescued suffering from hypothermis, but were reported to be safe.  The missing man, now assumed drowned, was married with six children.

Drugs detentions

Fourteen people have been detained in an anti-drugs operation in Vélez-Málaga, Totalán, Rincón de la Victoria, Algarrobo and Nerja, as well as in the city of Málaga.  The major Guardia Civil operation included the seizure of a  boat, suspected of being used by drugs smugglers, at Almayate.  Around 200 agents took part in early morning raids along the coast on July 20.


Local News  - August 2020

AVE to Granada

Málaga and Granada could finally be connected by high-speed AVE trains by the end of the year.  The new station at the Antequera interchange is reported to be 80% complete after the contract with the original contractor was cancelled and reassigned in April last year.  When operational, three trains a day are expected to run between the two cities with a journey time of 80 minutes.

Absolute majority

Nerja’s mayor, José Alberto Armijo of the Partido Popular, has regained an absolute majority on the town council after incorporating Mari Carmen López of Ciudadanos into his team on July 19.  She has been handed responsibility for beaches and European resources.  Her move gives Armijo and the PP a total of 11 of the 21 council seats in the municipality.

Local News  - August 2020

Torrox vandal

A 36-year-old man detained in Torrox last month is suspected of damaging 11 cars in the calle Pontil car park, and of setting fire to a Chinese-owned shop in the town.  The suspect, who has several previous convictions, was angered when told he could not enter the shop without a face mask, and is understood to have returned during that night to commit arson.  A 90-year-old woman who lives next door required treatment for smoke inhalation.

Primark expands

The Primark store in Málaga’s Larios centre is now the largest in Andalucía.  The store has increased its sales area by 60% and the company continues to supply goods only in person, and not on-line.  Eleven of the chain’s 48 Spanish stores are Andalucía and employ 1,800 people in the region.

Regional News - August 2020

Covid tribute

An official state tribute to the victims of Covid-19 was held on July 16.  King Felipe, who presided over the ceremony at Madrid’s Royal Palace, also praised key workers who attend those struck down by the virus.  For the first time in many years, all 17 of Spain’s regional leaders attended the event together, alongside many victim’s families.

Recovery fund

Spain is to receive €140 billion as one of the main beneficiaries of the EU Recovery Fund which was approved by the group’s 27 leaders last month.  €72.7 billion will be in the form of grants, with the remainder in repayable loans, to be used to encourage investment in digital transformation, the transition to greener energy sources and education.  President Pedro Sánchez called the decision, “a great agreement for Europe and a great agreement for Spain.”

Magaluf deaths

Bars and clubs in the nightlife district of Magaluf have been closed until at least September 15 by the authorities on Mallorca after drunken scenes involving young British tourists.  Balearic Islands President Francina Armengol said, “Our health and the economy are at stake,” adding, “We will act where necessary and we will be forceful against excesses.”

Contraction forecast

Ministers last month gave their approval to Plan Renove 2020 to encourage the scrapping of older vehicles and the purchase of a new model.  Subsidies of up to €4,000 will be available depending on the circumstances.  The scheme will run until June 2021 and will be welcomed by manufacturers and showrooms who have been badly hit during the crisis.

Strange behaviour

A woman wearing only a bikini and sunglasses was detained by police in Lepe last month after crashing her car and dancing in the wreckage.  She attempted to strike an officer, after which she was thrown to the ground and began screaming.  She did not test positive for either drink or drugs and was taken for a medical examination.

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