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Local Headlines - April 2020

River management

A working part has been formed by Nerja Town Hall and the regional government to develop a management plan for the River Chillar in the municipality.  In summer, the area attracts 3,000 people in hundreds of cars every day for bathing and sports activities, and its sustainability is under debate.  As well as environmental damage, the influx brings rubbish and vandalism, as well as rescue call-outs for those who get into difficulties.

New base

Talks re-opened last month on plans to build a new base for the Guardia Civil in Nerja.  The existing offices on calle San Miguel are expected to move to a new site close to the town’s fire station on the Frigliana road.  Local police and the town’s Civil Protection unit will also move there in the future, creating a common base for all the municipality’s security services.

Water levels

Water stored in the Axarquía reservoir at La Viñuela is reported to be about 54 cubic hectometres as spring arrives.  That represents about a third of its total capacity, and compares with 75 cubic hectometres at the same time last year.  Rainfall since last September has totalled around 180 litres per square metre (equivalent to about seven inches) which is less than half the historical average for the period.

Purple marker

International Women’s Day was marked at the beginning of March in Nerja’s famous complex of caves in Maro. The world’s biggest stalactite, according to the Guinness World Records, was illuminated in purple light to mark the annual event. It hangs 32 metres from the cavern’s roof and measures 18 metres in diameter.

 

Road closed

Part of MA-3109 was closed to traffic on March 22 after a length of one carriage way disappeared.  Heavy rains in the previous couple of days is thought to have loosened the group.  Essential traffic between Almáchar and El Borge was forced to find an alternative route.

Tree planting

Around 100 local and foreign residents planted trees last month in an area near Cómpeta which was devastated by fire in 2014.  Many pines trees were lost along with scrub when 220 hectares of forest were razed in the blaze.  The repopulation initiative was arranged with the help of rangers from the Natural Park where the fire broke out and threatened the area for three days.

 

Local News  - April 2020

Vélez upgrades

The project to upgrade plaza de Las Carmelitas in Vélez-Málaga has been completed at a cost of over €600,000.  As well as laying a new impermeable surface, the work has involved replacing the drainage and irrigation systems, with medium and low voltage power lines now routed underground instead of overhead.  The next phase of improvements will affect the commercial arteries of Camino de Málaga and part of calle Canalejas.

Nerja monitors

Four installations to monitor the environment are now operating in Nerja.  The sensors - at the Balcón de Europa, Burriana beach, la plaza de los Cangrejos, and Maro car park - record a range of data, such as temperature and pressure, while cameras send pictures every 30 minutes which will soon available on the municipal website.  The initiative is part of the Smart Costa del Sol project.

Local News  - April 2020

Family job

National Police in Torre del Mar have detained two people, aged 41 and 36 years, after two commercial premises were broken into on the same night.  The suspects, both Spanish nationals, are understood to be a married couple with previous convictions.  The wife is reported to have kept guard while the husband broke into the properties.

Balcón fire

Around 20 people were evacuated from apartments on the Balcón de Europa last month after fire broke out.  A second floor property owned by architect and former Partido Popular councillor Bernard Pozuelo was seriously damaged in the incident.  He said he had been enjoying a coffee in a nearby café when he was told of the blaze which is thought to have been caused by an electrical short circuit.

Regional News - April 2020

Masks gifted

The Chinese technology giant Alibaba has gifted half a million protective face masks to Spain.  Its president and founder Jack Ma described the move as thanks to King Felipe and his Ministers for their “crucial actions” and “rapid reaction” to the coronavirus crisis.  The move follows the donation of 1,000 masks to Spain from the founder of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei.

Domestic violence

A man was detained in Castellón on March 20, accused of murdering his 35-year-old wife in front of their two young children.  The suspect is reported to have handed himself in to police in the town of Almassora the morning after she died.  The woman has become the 17th fatal victim of domestic violence in Spain this year.

Domingo cancelled

Plácido Domingo confirmed he has tested positive for COCID-19, shortly after a planned concert had  been cancelled following complaints of his alleged sexual misconduct. The Madrid-born singer, conductor and arts administrator, now 79, was to have appeared as Vidal in a performance of Luisa Fernanda on May 14 to mark the 50th anniversary of his first concert in the capital.  However. allegations of sexual harassment by 20 women recently forced him to accept “full responsibility” for his actions.

Tax time

The government has maintained April 1 as the start date for submitting tax returns for last year, despite the present health crisis.  The Treasury published plans for the 2019 personal income tax and wealth tax declaration models on March 19.  The closing date for submissions is June 30.

Charging points

Utility company Iberdrola has announced plans to install 150,000 charging points for electric vehicles across Spain.  The €150 million investment will provide AC and DC points for households, companies and both urban and interurban roads over the next five years.  The company says it has already installed some 5,000 charging points, including 400 DC chargers, but says it will be just a “small fraction” of the network by 2025.

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