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Local Headlines - September 2021

Plant problems

Complaints about Nerja’s new water treatment plant were aired at meeting in the town hall last month.  Representatives of businesses and local communities told councillors that they were concerned about noise and smells coming from the building, although it is not yet fully operational.  Responsibility, they were told, still rests with the Environment Ministry which has not yet formally handed it to the municipality.

Low levels

As August began, the level of the reservoir at Viñuela was at just under 28% capacity.  Other storage in the province was at higher with La Concepcion west of Málaga at almost 75% capacity.  The total capacity for the province’s six reservoirs stood at just under 50%.

Market suspended

Nerja’s Sunday market run by the Lions Club was suspended by the town hall in early August.  Commerce councillor Javier López said the move was taken to avoid crowds gathering during the present health situation, and the market would eventually resume.  The suspension also affected the craft market held occasionally in Plaza España.

Balcón lighting

A grant from Andalucía’s Tourism Ministry is to finance new lighting in the area of Nerja’s Balcón de Europa.  The €107,000 project will improve the appearance of the façade of the church and its bell tower, plus pillars and arches of the paseo.  A separate project will upgrade lighting in the passageway between the Balcón and Plaza de España.





River risks

The regional government has been asked to introduce controls on recreational use of the Chillar River in Nerja.  The town hall says unregulated activity leads to environmental and damage and fire risk, especially during summer.  Local environment councillor Javier Rodríguez said the municipality was already in discussion with relevant authorities.

Granada tremors

Granada experienced its most intense earthquakes since 1984 late on August 12..  The first movements were felt at 11.25pm with a 4.5 intensity tremor at ground level centred on Cijuela, immediately west of the city of Granada, followed moments later by a 3.1 degree movement about three metres below neighbouring Santa Fe.  A further five of lesser intensity were experienced during the night, while Nerja, Torrox, Vélez-Málaga and elsewhere felt the tremors at intensity 3.





Local News  - September 2021

New vessels

Nerja has acquired a new launch which allows access to beaches and coves which cannot be reached by road vehicles.  The aim is to provide efficient cleaning services and the removal of rubbish from the sands.  The Town Hall has also presented the town’s Civil Protection unit with a powerful new boat to be used in maritime rescue operations.

Water hazards

Ecologists have complained to the regional government about businesses which are renting jet-skis in waters off the Maro – Cerro Gordo natural park.  GENA says the devices are prohibited from use within a mile of the coast, adding that scientific research shows that the noise they make cause a serious impact on aquatic mammals.  The group claims a general “lack of control” on vessels in the area.



Local News  - September 2021

Torrox projects

At the end of July, Torrox councillors approved financing for two long-awaited projects in the town.  €5.6 million is destined for a sports development in the Santa Rosa – Los Lanos area to include a soccer pitch and underground car park.  Construction of a funeral parlour at the entrance to Torrox Costa has been budgeted at €1.2 million.

More pedestrianisation

Plans are underway for Nerja’s calle Diputación to become pedestrianised.  A €360,000 project was initiated by the Town Hall last month, financed mainly by Málaga’s provincial government.  The work is part of the extraordinary plan to boost local employment in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Regional News - September 2021

Ahghans arrive

The first Spanish Air Force plane carrying 48 Afghan refugees, including 32 children, and five personnel from Span’s Embassy in Kabul landed in Madrid early on August 19.  Spain sent three A400M military aircraft to Afghanistan of which two returned with refugees, while the third provided medical care.  Foreign Minister Juan Manuel Albares said Spain would do, “everything possible to bring all Afghan translators and collaborators to Spain.”

Cash received

Spain received its €9 billion from the European Commission last month, some 12.9% of the €69.5 billion  promised to help the country recover from the pandemic.  A further €10 billion is expected in December.  Madrid is obliged to spend the cash on investments and reforms which support green and digital transitions and which also promote social cohesion.

Beach take-down

Holiday-makers on a Granada beach held down a drugs trafficker carrying bundles of hashish after he leapt from a small boat being pursued by the Guardia Civil.  A second man who tried to escape across the sands was stopped by police officers.  The dramatic incident on August 15 began as the two craft came into sight metres from the shoreline and prevented an estimated €1.5 million of drugs entering the country.

Consumption down

Spain was the country in which household spending fell most during 2020.  Consumption fell by 10.9% during the year according to last month’s figures from the OECD which showed falls in all but three member countries.  Overall,  spending across all EU states fell by 6.5% and within the Eurozone it was down 7.3%.

Environmental disaster

Dead fish have been found on the shores of the Mar Menor, a coastal saltwater lagoon near Cartagena, apparently asphyxiated because of a lack of oxygen in the water.  Last month’s environmental disaster followed a more extensive incident in 2019, after which experts blamed nitrates from fertilisers used on the land being washed into the water.  Murcia’s regional government, however, has suggested that a sudden rise in water temperature is to blame this time.

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