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Local Headlines - October 2022
A new traffic roundabout in Nerja at the site of the town’s future health centre is to be dedicated to health workers who “fulfilled their responsibilities beyond duty” during the pandemic. Councillors approved the proposal last month. Mayor José Alberto Armijo said that the health professionals, “all deserve our thanks,” and that it was “appropriate” to dedicate to them the roundabout which will give access to the new Health Centre.
Nerja police were trying to trace a man believed to be responsible for an attack on a 33-year-old Swedish man. The incident in a hostal in the town’s calle Pintada on September 23 left the victim with cuts inflicted with a broken bottle. Investigators say the suspect could be of North African origin.
The system of control and access at Nerja’s municipal car park close to the Balcón de Europa is to be upgraded at a cost of €165,000. A new system of barriers will include number plate recognition while new payment machines will have the ability to accept credit cards. New central equipment and facilities will also be installed.
The port of Málaga expects the arrival of 115 cruise liners during October and November. They will bring an estimated 200,000 visitors to the city. Between May and July around 70,000 visited Málaga on cruise liners.
Nerja has invested over €63,000 in more than one hundred projects to upgrade its nursery and primary schools. Councillor Gema Laguna said the work had carried out based on the needs of each centre, and that it leaves schools in “adequate conditions” at the start of the new academic year. Tasks undertaken included electrical and plumbing updates, painting and general repairs, plus gardening, cleaning and disinfection.
Nerja is one of 11 towns in Málaga which have renewed their association with Unicaja Basketball. As previously, Nerja will have an opportunity to promote itself to fans of the sport at the Martin Carpena stadium in the capital. This will include a marquee outside the venue, plus advertising on scoreboards and elsewhere inside.
Local News - October 2022
Nerja’s Athletics Club has won the “La Caixa Foundation Award for Sports” from the Association of Sports Journalists of Málaga. The club, founded in 1983, has more than 850 members and has been ranked as the best such club in Andalucía since 2007 by the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation. More recently, it has become an organiser and host for important sports events.
The only application received to carry out a renovation project in Maro has been rejected for failing to comply with requirements outlined in the specification document. Nerja Town Hall last month invited new tenders for the €233,000 project for the work in calles San José and San Joaquín. It includes installing new sanitation infrastructure, new lighting and telecommunication and new pavements.
Local News - October 2022
Nerja’s former socialist mayor Rosa Arrabal has resigned after almost 12 years as a councillor. She headed the PSOE in the town’s coalition council between 2011 and 2015. A lawyer by profession, she cited “personal reasons” for her departure.
The Paseo Marítimo at Nerja’s Torrecilla beach is to get a €189,000 facelift. The work to construct new public toilets, rescue and first aid services has been awarded to Transportes Antelo, the only business to submit a bid. The project is being financed by the regional tourism ministry as part of its plans for environmental recovery and sustainable use of beaches.
Regional News - October 2022
There are no plans to lift the mask rule on public transport and it will remain in place until experts say otherwise. Health Minister Carolina Darias explained last month that the current view is that a lot of people crowding into small spaces without adequate ventilation increases the risk of transmission. Spain recently received recognition from the World Health Organisation for its handling of the pandemic.
Flu vaccinations will begin in Andalucía on October 3, alongside the next Covid-19 jabs for people aged over 80 in residential care, followed later by people over 60 and staff in health and social care centres. The flu vaccination campaign will include children between the ages of six months and five years as recommended by the World Health Organization. Spain has around 44 million doses of the Covid vaccine to distribute this autumn.
Traffic accident fatalities in Spanish cities have fallen by 20% according to the Interior Ministry. The number of fatalities in 2021 totalled 417, which was 102 fewer than the previous year. A similar decrease has been recorded in the deaths of vulnerable road users such as cyclists and over 65s.
Spain’s decision immediately to scrap the SpTH form required by travellers entering the country was announced on September 19. The health control form no longer needs to be completed and presented on arrival in the country. The government recently extended until November 15 the requirement for travellers from non-EU countries to have a Covid-19 vaccination, test or recovery certificate to enter Spain.
ITV (Value Added Tax) on gas is reduced from 21% to just 5% this month. PM Pedro Sánchez said the move will “lower the heating bill of Spanish families this autumn and winter.” The reduction will last until December 31 but Sr Sánchez indicated that the government is open to extending it into next year.