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Local Headlines - July 2019

Top Officer

Nerja’s local police force has a new boss. Francisco Iranzo is a resident of the town and has 28 years experience as a police officer under his belt. He was previously deputy chief of the local force during an earlier period when José Alberto Armijo was the town’s mayor.

Caves cancellation

The violinist Ara Malikian has cancelled his concert at Nerja’s Caves Festival on July 28. He is reported to have required surgery after a fall while disembarking from an aircraft in Costa Rica. Grupo Mundo, promoters of the festival, say refunds for tickets purchased can be obtained from the on-line vendor who sold them, or by returning them to the place of purchase if bought in person.

Charging points

All municipal car parks in the city of Málaga are now equipped with charging points for electric vehicles. A total of 22 points in ten car parks are now available as part of the city’s plans to boost electric mobility. The intelligent units recognise individual customers and in the future will be connected to a mobile phone application.

Hot summer

The province of Málaga faces a hot and dry summer, according to the state weather agency AEMET. Temperatures are likely to be 0.5 degrees higher than the average until September while no significant rainfall is forecast. However, the seven reservoirs serving the area are at about 70% capacity, higher than this time last year, which makes water restrictions unlikely.

River deaths

A 43-year-old man and his 17-year-old son from Granada died while canyoning near Orgíva on June 21. They were practicing the sport on the River Trévélez when the teenager got into difficulties and his father jumped into the water to help him but was swept away. The boy was pulled out of the river by his uncle but could not be resuscitated.

Torrox detention

A 34-year-old man living in Nerja has been found to have been carrying fake documents. The suspect, of Belgian and North African origin, was detained in Torrox after police stopped his high-end vehicle for driving at dawn without lights. He has multiple convictions for offences committed between Nerja and Marbella, and is the subject of a detention order issued by a Málaga court.

 

Local News  - July 2019

Car chase

A man arrested after a car chase along the A-356 between La Viñuela and Vélez-Málaga tested positive for alcohol and drugs. Police were alerted by reports of a domestic dispute and the suspect fled when they arrived to investigate. He was involved in three traffic accidents during the 12 kilometre chase, including ramming a lorry from behind and crashing into the safety barrier at a roundabout.

Sports hall

Vélez-Málaga’s new multi-purpose sports hall opened last month on a site next to the town’s indoor swimming pool. It offers a wide range of activities and is expected to be used by about 3,000 people a month. The 410 square metre facility representatives a municipal investment of about €400,000.

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5G on-line

Málaga is one of 15 Spanish cities in which Spain’s first commercial 5G network began operating on June 15. The launch by the Vodafone group made the country the first in Europe to benefit from downloads at up to one Gigabyte per second initially, although operators say this will increase to 4 Gbps in time. The development is expected to transform key sectors of economic development and real-time applications.

Rent rises

A new report says that commercial rental rates in Málaga’s calle Larios have risen 17% in a year. The average in the city is around €180 per square metre, but in the prime shopping street the average if now €240, with the most expensive at €340. The study by the Savills Aguirre Newman consultancy says these rent levels cannot be sustained if sales volumes fail to increase.

Local News - July 2019

City pedestrianisation

The project to pedestrianise one of Málaga’s most important streets is continuing and is expected to be complete during August. Two years of redevelopment in Alameda Principal, famous for its kiosks of flower sellers, was prompted by work involved along its length during construction of the city’s Metro system, but has substantially reduced trade for local retailers. Around 40 businesses are reported to have closed as a result.

Royal award

Raquel Serrano Lledó, a technological entrepreneur from Alhaurín de la Torre, is one of 41 people from across Spain to have been awarded the Order of Civil Merit from King Felipe. The ceremony took place last month at the Royal Palace in Madrid on the fifth anniversary of his enthronement as the Spanish monarch. Those honoured are chosen “in recognition of their personal commitment and social contribution.”

Hot summer

The province of Málaga faces a hot and dry summer, according to the state weather agency AEMET. Temperatures are likely to be 0.5 degrees higher than the average until September while no significant rainfall is forecast. However, the seven reservoirs serving the area are at about 70% capacity, higher than this time last year, which makes water restrictions unlikely.

Prison inoculations

Staff and inmates at Alhaurín de la Torre prison have been inoculated following the death of a prisoner from meningitis on June 18. The antibiotic treatment was given to anyone who had direct contact with the victim in recent days. Trades unions applauded the speed during which the protocols for such incidents were followed “scrupulously.”

Rincón housing

The Public Works Ministry has released five plots of land for residential development in Rincón de la Victoria. Their total of 90,526 square metres has the capacity for 360 homes. Bids for the plots in the Parque Victoria district of the municipality, which are presently owned by the Housing and Rehabilitation Agency of Andalucía, must be with the Ministry by July 17.

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