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Local Headlines - November 2019

El Ingenio expands

Initial approval has been given to the expansion of the shopping centre at El Ingenio in Vélez-Málaga. Following the green light from the town hall, the project must now be subjected to public scrutiny and an environmental impact study. The site is owned by the Larios group which has earmarked €25 million for future development.

Christmas lights

The “tunnel of light” which has been a popular part of Málaga’s Christmas lights spectacular will be absent this year. The company responsible for staging the event has sold the attraction to the city of Liverpool. Instead, the city is promising “a small surprise” in its place, but councillors are staying tight-lipped about what it could be.

Anniversary marked

The mayors of Nerja and Frigiliana have marked the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Guardia Civil with the presentation of a commemorative plaque to the local brigade. The ceremony took place during a special mass at the church of El Salvador in Nerja on October 12. The plaque records the appreciation shown by local residents for the work done by Guardia Civil officers.

Parakeet professor

An animal biology professor at Málaga University has called for action to curb the spread of monk parakeets. An estimated 3,500 of the birds now live in the city, with a further 1,500 on the eastern coast, and Antonio Román says this population could double in five years. He concludes that serious environmental damage and crop damage could follow if controls are not put in place.

Nerja immigrants

Nine people of African origin were detained in Nerja after they arrived in a small boat on the town’s Playa Burriana at the end of September. The Guardia Civil were alerted by calls from local people advising of their landing. None was reported to require medical attention and the group was taken to the Guardia Civil base in Torre del Mar which handles immigration matters.

Torrox parking

La Almedina car park in the centre of Torrox is set to close at the end of the year after the concession holder, UTE Almedina, said the town’s mayor will no longer negotiate with them. Mayor Oscar Medina says the concession, awarded 11 years ago, was extended from 20 to 40 years in 2014 to compensate for losses of €4.1 million claimed then by the operator. Two courts have also thrown out their later claims for €33 million in compensation.

 

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Airfield expansion

Vélez-Málaga wants to expand the airfield at Trapiche so that it is permitted to land flights carrying up to 50 people. The town also wants cargo aircraft to use the facilities which are immediately next to the Agricultural Technology Park. At present, a new training school for pilots is under construction on the site.

Toll-free?

The AP-7 toll motorway west of Málaga may soon become free to use. The Partido Popular has asked the provincial government to scrap fees to encourage its use instead of the A7 (the old N-340 road) which has a high accident rate. They also suggest the old road should be reserved for public transport and cyclists.

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Rubbish boats

Patrol boats off the coasts of Nerja, Torrox, Algarrobo and Vélez-Málaga have collected 54,200 kilos of rubbish from waters close to bathing areas. As in previous summers, the boats worked from mid-June to mid-September collecting plastics, wood, dead fish, jellyfish and other matter from the sea. Until next summer, a boat based at Caleta de Vélez marina remains on stand-by to be of service in emergencies.

Renewed classifications

Nerja and Almuñécar are amongst 18 towns in the region which have met new qualifications and have had their classification as Tourist Municipality renewed with the regional government. Nerja’s tourism councillor Gema Garcia said the move is a boost to the development of tourism which is the town’s main economic engine. The Junta de Andalucía first awarded Nerja the classification in 2005.

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Sales down

The number of house sales in Málaga is falling, according to last month’s data from the National Statistics Institute. It says the total for August was down 9.8% on the same month last year with sales of existing properties faring much worse than sales of new homes. The report blames the new mortgage law, as well as domestic and international political stability for the slump.

New hospital

Construction of a new hospital in the city of Málaga will begin in 2021, according to health delegate Carlos Bautista. He said the project is presently handling administrative issues to meet required legal deadlines. The new hospital, immediately next to the Hospital Civil and near the Hospital Materno Infantil, will have 840 beds and 46 operating theatres.

Airport record

Málaga’s airport hit a new record in September with more than two million passenger passing through during the month, a rise of 2.8% on the same month in 2018. Airport operator Aena says 87% of travellers flew from or to other countries with the UK market continuing to lead over Germany and France. It is likely that the airport’s passengers total for the year will exceed 2018’s record, so maintaining its position as fourth busiest in the country.

New bridge

A wooden foot bridge which will form part of Málaga’s coastal walkway is expected to be installed early this month. It will be placed over the Guadalhorce river and, at 270 metres in length, will be the longest of its kind in Europe which, it is hoped, will make it a landmark. The €1.6 million project is being financed jointly by the city and the province.

Granada murder

A young man who entered the house of an 88-year-old woman with intent to steal has been found guilty of murder. A Granada court last month sentenced the 22-year-old Moroccan national to 29 years and five months in jail for the offence which took place in March 2018. The defendant claimed he had taken 60 pills of a strong medication three hours earlier and had attacked the woman as she tried to call for help.

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