Work on the next phase of Málaga’s metro network passed another milestone on March 10 when two...
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The first submarine built in Europe for smuggling drugs has been found in the province of Málaga. ...
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Three people were arrested in Málaga during March as part of an on-going crackdown on television piracy.
Local Headlines - March 2021
Loans of around €1.3 million have been arranged to secure the wages of the 30 permanent employees at the Nerja Caves complex in Maro until April. The cash will also pay debts to suppliers and meet other financial obligations. The Foundation which manages the visitor attraction has been devastated by a fall in visitors caused by the Covid pandemic with ticket sales last year barely a third of the total in 2019.
The mobile ITV centre for testing motorcycles returned to Nerja last month and will return to the market site at Almijara on March 8 and 22, plus April 12 and 19. New bikes must go though the safety test after three years, and subsequently every two years. Test appointments can be made by calling 959 999 999, or on-line at www.itvcita.com.
First tests of a driverless bus began in Málaga last month. The 12-metre electric vehicle with a capacity of 70 passengers is being developed though the Automost project, a pioneering collaboration between the city and the Avanza mobility group. The trials will continue throughout March on Route 90 between the Estación Marítima and the Paseo del Parque.
Nerja is working on preparations to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic television series Verano Azul which was largely filmed in the municipality. First seen on Spanish TV on October 11, 1981, and subsequently in Spanish-speaking countries worldwide, the serial has been credited with boosting Nerja as a tourist destination. First events in the celebration are likely to start in May.
News that Madrid is to charge Nerja €7 million for its water over the next 25 years has come as a “disagreeable surprise,” according to Mayor José Albert Armijo. The Ministry of Ecological Transition last month sent the municipality a draft agreement for the payments required under current laws. The demand comes as Nerja’s new water treatment plant continues its programme of testing.
Councillors in Torrox have approved the municipal budget for 2021. The total of €22 million is similar to last year, despite the additional pressures imposed on the Town Hall by the Coronavirus crisis. The plans focuses on investments to beautifying and improve services in local areas in order to generate employment.
Local News - March 2021
Nerja Town Hall is working on plans to provide older properties with licences of first occupation. The absence of such a licence held by properties built before 1990 has hindered owners from registering them as tourist accommodation, in line with regional legal requirements. Details can be obtained from the Urban Planning Department at the Town Hall.
Nerja has asked electricity supplier Endesa to start proceedings which will enable the power generation plant on the Chillar river to be acquired by the municipality with European funds. The San Modesto site includes the plant itself, adjoining houses and a number of water channels running parallel to the river. The development, which was in use from 1917 to 1963 and still houses original machinery, is likely to become a visitor centre as part of the Town Hall’s plans to develop a rural leisure area.
Local News - March 2021
A 16 minute film made by students at the Alfaguar secondary school in Torrox is to be screened at Spanish film festivals. “Andrea’s decision” aims to identify sexist behaviour to help in the fight against gender violence. Over 150 youngsters participated in the project which was co-ordinated by the Nerja producer and director David Navas.
Nerja Athletics Club has been honoured with the “M for Málaga” award from the provincial government for contributing to the development of the province. The town’s mayor said it was a “deserved recognition” for years of success. José Albert Armijo described the Club’s achievements as a “true benchmark for the world of athletics at the provincial, regional, national and international levels.”
Regional News - March 2021
Spain has pledged €1 billion to the provision of social housing. The cash will come from the EU’s Coronavirus recovery fund and will utilise property presently held by Sareb, the so-called “bad bank” established in 2012 during the financial crisis. Around 15,000 homes are to be offered to local authorities with a further 12,00 available to the national Social Housing Fund.
Spain plans to use furlough schemes and short-time work programmes as tools to manage the economy even after the Coronavirus crisis passes. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez say wage subsidy schemes would be “a tool that we want to turn into a permanent fixture.” Under the present ERTE scheme which has been extended until May, furloughed workers have 70% of their wages paid by the state, dropping to 50% after six months.
Since December 1, the province of Granada has experienced almost 600 earth tremors, of which 15 have had an intensity of more than 3.0, with some exceeding 4.0. Experts say the tremors have been caused by movement of four or five millimetres a year where the Eurasian and African tectonic plates meet. The earthquakes have raised fears amongst local people, some of whom are reported to have taken to sleeping in their cars parked in open spaces.
The Spanish government wants to make the country Europe’s biggest multimedia “hub” to attract production, business, and investment. Economic and digital transformation minister Nadia Calviño said the target is to give a boost in competitiveness and transform Spain into a “worldwide” privileged platform for the sector. A third of Spain’s €140 billion EU Recovery Fund money will go towards digitalisation, well above the EU’s recommended minimum 20%.
Police in Madrid have seized around for million counterfeit medical-grade face masks which were packed and ready for transport. A printer, capable of printing the CE mark which confirms conformity to EU standards, was also confiscated. The owner of an hotel, where the masks were found during an illegal gathering of 48 people, was arrested in the raid on February 17.