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The latest local, regional and national news. Covering Nerja, the Axarquia, Eastern Costa del Sol and Spain
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Local Headlines - May 2022
A French tourist was carried by stretcher for two kilometres after being injured in Nerja last month. The woman in her 60s sustained a head injury and fractured wrist after falling while walking along the Río Chillar route in the municipality Firefighters and Civil Protection volunteers carried her to a point where she could be transferred to an ambulance.
The former site of Nerja’s temporary fire station has become a free car park for 165 vehicles. The land is at the top of calle Filipinas which leads to Burriana beach and is close to the town’s sports complex. The council says it could be he first of several such sites around the town.
The Festival of Music and Dance at the Caves of Nerja will return in July, after a two year break, and is confident of recovering pre-pandemic visitor numbers. Last month, the Festival’s board announced that the budget for the 61st year of the event will have an increase of 20.5 per cent, while the budget for the general conservation project has been increased to €435,180.
New underground rubbish bins on Nerja’s Burriana beach are now in use. The 34 containers are situated at four sites along the length of the beach, and are more modern and energy-efficient than their predecessors. Their installation cost of almost €226,000 was financed by a regional government fund for environmental recovery and sustainable use.
Raids in Nerja and Torrox last month were amongst 21 operations last month to dismantle two drugs-trafficking gangs in Málaga, Almeria and Murica. Over 30 suspects were detained and could face charges after 15 tons of hashish were seized along with two boats, 14 vehicles, five weapons and ammunition, telephone and tracking terminals and over €100,000 in cash. The investigation began in 2020.
Work on the new funeral home planned for Torrox got underway last month. The project is included in the €6.8 million budget recently allocated which will also see a new football pitch for El Morche. However, opposition socialists have called on work at the funeral home to he suspended while queries about the acquisition of the land are investigated.
Local News - May 2022
An ornamental fence has been installed behind the Ermita de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias in the town centre of Nerja. Culture councillor Gema Laguna said it had become necessary to prevent deterioration and acts of vandalism. The Hermitage is soon expected to be declared a regional Site of Cultural Importance.
Nerja’s mayor has called for Madrid to become more involved with the town’s beaches. José Alberto Armijo highlighted Playazo beach which was left damaged after winter storms. He underlined the importance of beaches for tourism and vowed to collaborate central government on drafting projects and financing work.
Local News - May 2022
Work is underway to restore the coral reefs between La Herradura and Almuñécar. New nursery areas for the endangered species have been introduced over 30 metres below sea level to help replace those damaged by fishing lines. Scientists are calling for a ban on recreational fishing in the area to protect the coral, one species of which is found nowhere else in the world.
Bus passengers in Vélez-Málaga can now download a mobile phone app which provides information on waiting times, routes and delays. Information about the app and a QR code to link to it are being displayed on posters at bus stops. The app, “Autobuses Vélez-Málaga,” was developed with the bus company Alsa and is available for both Android and iOS operating systems.
Regional News - May 2022
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez travelled to Kyiv on April 21 to express Spain’s support for Ukraine in its struggle against Russian forces. He told reporters that Spain has sent the country a new batch of 200 tons of ammunition and military supplies which more doubled the military aid previously sent. He added that Spain will ask the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged Russian war crimes and confirmed that Madrid plans to send war crimes investigators there.
Spain’s government has denied illegally spying on Catalan separatists, after a rights group last month accused Madrid of having targeted their mobile phones with specialised spyware. Citizen Lab research centre at the University of Toronto claimed that almost all of the spying took place between 2017 and 2020 following the illegal independence bid by Cataluña. Amnesty International urged Spain to “conduct a thorough, independent investigation” into the alleged use of Pegasus spyware which can activate a phone’s camera or microphone and record its data.
A number of non-EU travellers, including Britons, are reported to have been denied entry to Spain from Gibraltar. Spanish border police are said to have been demanding that such persons provide evidence of their onward travel as well as accommodation reservations. Britons were reportedly also being required to present proof of funds for the duration of their stay in Spain.
Over 20 suspected members of a gang building speed boats designed to carry quantities of illegal drugs were detained in 27 Spanish locations last month. Investigators found that production of the boats, which are banned in Spain, began in Pontevedra before shipping to criminal gangs. Around 20 of the craft, some ready for use, were seized in the raids.
Spain’s traffic authority, the DGT, has warned that drivers using deregistered vehicles on the roads face fines of up to €3,000. The so-called “zombie cars” do not attract taxes or hold a valid ITV certificate, so posing a danger to other road users. The DGT adss that a vehicle involved in an accident which has been declared a total loss, must hold a valid ITV certificate before returning to the road.