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Local Headlines - October 2019

Scooter rules

New regulations for users of electric scooters in the city of Málaga are expected to come into force this month. The rules will classify the scooters as vehicles, so restricting them to cycle lanes and roads, and making their use on pavements illegal. The regulations, which the town hall says are being introduced to “protect pedestrians” set a maximum speed for scooters of 30 kilometres per hour.

Drought threat

As the hydrological year ended on September 30, Málaga’s largest reservoir at La Viñuela in the Axarquía was at an uncomfortably low level. Even the heavy rains of mid-September failed to make much impact on the water level which was approaching official drought levels. This is not reported to be an emergency, but authorities have put the reservoir on alert.

Canine clean up

Pet owners in Frigiliana are being urged to keep the streets clean with a new campaign entitled, “Your dog, your responsibility.” Bags to clean up after the animals are available from the Tourist Office in Casa del Apero and from the police station in Plaza del Ingenio. Environment councillor Sofía González said co-operation from dog owners is essential to keep the town’s streets clean for everyone.

Caves theft

The Cueva del Tesoro in Rincón de la Victoria has been the target of thieves who broke in and stole two weeks of ticket receipts, totalling around €21,000. The robbers triggered an alarm as they broke in but a security officer who attended believed it had been a false alarm. The incident follows two thefts at Nerja’s caves complex in January and July this year.

Farm thefts

Benamocarra Town Council is calling on more help from the police to prevent thefts of subtropical fruits from farms. Councillors say surveillance needs to be strengthened now during the harvest of mangos, one of the area’s most important crops. They add that thefts can adversely affect employment in the municipality.

Vélez competition

Vélez-Málaga has joined forces with the Málaga College of Architects to launch a competition to rehabilitate calle Las Tiendas in the historic town centre. The initiative is part of the Strategy for Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The College will administer the competition which the Town Hall will display the entries and organise awards.

 

Local News  - October 2019

Return home

The image of Our Lady of Sorrows (Nuestra Señora de las Angustias ) is expected to return to her town centre chapel in Nerja this month. The Ermita is in the final stages of a restoration project which has seen work on various elements including the murals and the altarpieces. The image is expected to return on October 10, the day of a procession which honours Nerja’s patrons.

New pitch

A new football ground for Torrox is amongst plans in the town’s new budget unveiled last month by mayor Oscar Medina. He said the move follows a decade of demands by local people as the days of the present pitch are numbered. Around €24 million has been earmarked for the project.

Local News  - October 2019

Shuttle bus

A free shuttle bus between Vélez-Málaga and Torre del Mar is under consideration by councillors. The suggestion came out of a meeting last month between mayor Antonio Moreno Ferrer and business leaders. The mayor also promised to increase the number blue zone parking spaces in the two town centres.

Runaway van

At the end of August, pedestrians in Frigiliana were surprised by a runaway van which careered down 13 steps in Calle Puerta del Molino. The driver was delivering ice to local shops and had failed to put on the handbrake properly. Luckily, a handrail hindered the vehicle’s further progress and with no-one on the steps at the time, there were no reports of injuries.

Local News - October 2019

Brits register

The number of Britons registering as resident in Spain has risen by 10% as the Brexit deadline approaches. The Interior Ministry says there are almost 366,000 British ex-pats living in Spain, mostly in Andalucía and Valencia. One of the UK’s three consuls to Spain, Sarah-Jane Morris, has urged British residents to register and says, “the data suggests they are taking this seriously’.

Catalan survey

Support for independence in Cataluña appears to be waning, A poll taken by the region’s government in July showed support for remaining as part of Spain at 48%, while independence was advocated by only 42% of respondents. Previously, the two sides had been tied at about 45%.

Málaga's Goyas

The 2020 Goya Awards ceremony will be held in Málaga on January 25. The Goyas are the country’s main national film awards, often described as the Spanish Oscars, and were established in 1987. It will be the second consecutive year the event has come to Andalucía, following this year’s ceremony in Sevilla during February.

Child porn

A 43-year-old socialist councillor in Torrejon de Ardoz, near Madrid, has been detained by National Police after several thousand pornographic images of children were found on his computer. Marcos Gallego Alonso is also accused of distributing more than 60,000 images, some of very young infants. Gallego is reported to have resigned his position at town hall and has been released on bail.

Crash inquest

The cause of a plane crash in Spain which killed two British pilots remains unknown. An inquest in the UK last month heard that the light aircraft in which Simon Moores and David Hockings died on January 9 hit a mountain in dense fog near Errezil in Gipuzkoa. The coroner said it was not known whether their Piper plane had suffered an engine problem or a mechanical problem.

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