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Local Headlines - December 2021

Balcon paving

The first phase of replacing paving slabs around the Balcón de Europa began in the middle of last month and will be completed before Christmas.  When the second phase ends in January, around 400 square metres of slabs will have been replaced in the €138,000 project.  Meanwhile, plans to replace lighting around the Balcón and El Salvador church have been delayed by a lack of supplies and transportation problems.

Athletics host

Nerja will be the official venue of Spain’s Absolute Athletics Championship next summer.  The event, to be based at the Enrique López Cuenca Stadium between June 24 and 26, will be the first time the event has been held in the province since 2011 when Málaga city was the host.  Over 600 elite athletes from across Spain will compete for places at the World Championship to be held in Eugene, Oregon, in July, and the European Championship in Munich in August.

Church cleanup

Services at Nerja’s El Salador church had to be moved last month to allow workers to remove mould and fungal growth on the interior walls.  Services were held temporarily in the building owned by one of the town’s brotherhoods.  The whole interior of the church near the Balcón de Europa was also painted during the three week closure.

Faster Maro

Maro is amongst 20 areas included in plans to expand ultra-fast Internet connections in the province of Málaga.  Central government is to invest €1.28 million in the plans to bring connection speeds of greater than 300 Mbps to rural areas.  The Government’s deputy in the province, Javier Salas, said the development shows its commitment to to remove rural areas of the province from "thedigitaldivide."

 

 

 

 

Murder trial

A Málaga court has heard that a British man living in Estepona has admitted killing his wife in March 2019, but claims a mental disease means he has no memory of the incident.  Geoffrey Elton aged 57 is accused of strangling and stabbing Gloria, his wife of 33 years.  Elton claims that she publicly humiliated him after they had agreed to end their marriage and he now faces 14 years imprisonment, although his lawyer is calling for him to be sent to a psychiatric unit.

Axarquia water

Drought continues to threaten the Axarquía after a very dry start to autumn.  On November 17, the reservoir at La Viñuela was at 18.47% of capacity: 30.55 cubic hectometres stored, compared with 44.04 at the same time last year.  In response, around three cubic hectometres is to be transferred from reservoirs around the city of Málaga, while water from new wells in the Chíllar river are expected to be on line in the New Year. 

 

 

 

 

Local News  - December 2021

Maro water

A €40,000 project to improve water supplies to Maro has been completed.  Work included replacing equipment dating from the late 1960s as well as new control systems to ensure uninterrupted flows of drinking water.  Upgrades at the village’s pumping station, which also benefit urbanisations around the Nerja Caves, have enabled savings of 40% in operating costs.

Theatres move

Both Nerja and Torrox will rejoin the Andalucía Network of Public Theatres in 2022, a move which Nerja’s Culture Councillor Gema Laguna described as a “clear commitment” by the municipality.  The Network meets the demands of the professional music and performing arts sectors while encouraging the development and involvement of local audiences.  Nerja previously left the organisation in 2016.

 

 

Local News  - December 2021

Airport data

Málaga’s airport saw passenger numbers in October rise to over 1.5 million, 82% of the level in the same month of 2019, before the health crisis began.  However, the number of flight operations in the month was only 3% fewer than two years ago.  During the ten months to October, passenger numbers and operations were down 60% and 41% respectively on the same period in 2019.

Restriction eased

The recreation area at El Pinarillo in Nerja re-opened to the public last month.  Since November last year, access was prohibited to avoid crowds gathering during the Covid pandemic.  Environment councillor Javier Rodríguez pointed out that similar restrictions remaining elsewhere in the area of the Sierras Tejeda Natural Park, Alhama and Almijara Natural Park are the responsibility of the Junta de Andalucía.

Regional News - December 2021

Lorry strike

Spanish lorry drivers are set to strike nationally on December 20, 21 and 22.  Their union says recent events have left them “abandoned” by the Government and has called for “radical and urgent change.”  Up to 5,000 professional lorry drivers in the province of Málaga could participate in the stoppage.

Licence limit

UK nationals who are resident in Spain have been reminded that British driving licences must be exchanged for a Spanish licence by December 31.  The original cut-off date of June 30 has been extended to the end of this year, after which UK licences become invalid for use by EU residents.  Applying to exchange a licence from January 1, 2022, onwards may require the applicant to sit a Spanish driving test.

Citizenship changes

Obtaining citizenship in Spain may soon become more difficult.  Far-right party Vox has proposed that the period of residency before which applications would be considered be increased from ten to 15 years.  The party also wants to refuse citizenship to anyone with a criminal record and to raise the standard of spoken Spanish required, but it plans not to change requirements for applications from Latin American.

Rats warning

There has been a call to control Spain’s population of black rats.  The National Association of Environmental Health Companies warned last month that numbers of the creature, which can carry several diseases, have boomed in the last couple of years.  The black rat, which nests in trees, is mostly found in gardens and parks but does not populate sewage systems.

New operator

A new high-speed rail service will begin operating between Madrid and Málaga during 2022.  The operator, running services under the name “iryo,” launched its plans at Madrid’s Atocha station last month and promised the “only fleet of totally new trains on the market.”  The company, based in Valencia, has reportedly invested €1,000 million and will create around 2,600 jobs.

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