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Local Headlines - July 2022

Jellyfish arrive

The first jellyfish of the season were reported last month on beaches in Málaga and Rincón de la Victoria.  Experts say that more than usual of the creatures are likely to be washed up this summer.  The advice to anyone who is stung is to wash the skin with salt water, not fresh water, and to avoid scratching.

Busy ferries

Over 20,000 private vehicles are expected to take the sea crossing from Málaga to Melilla this month.  The Coronavirus crisis and a diplomatic spat with Morocco means that the route has been closed for the last two summers.  The Port Authority in Málaga is providing extra facilities for people and vehicles queuing to board a ferry.

Maro make-over

Calles San José and San Joaquín in Maro are to be upgraded.  The €245,000 project will be co-financed by Nerja Town Hall and the provincial government.  The work is subject to an archaeological survey because the streets are within the boundaries of the Asset of Cultural Interest restrictions which are in place in the village.

Tunnel upgrades

Tunnels on the A-7 coastal autovía are set for safety improvements in a €15.2 million modernisation programme.  The underpasses at Capistrano, Tablazo, Frigiliana, Lagos and Torrox were named four years ago amongst those in Spain with security deficiencies.  The Ministry of Transport says the tunnels must be updated to meet current European regulations.

 

 

 

 

Nerja raids

Nine people were arrested during a huge drugs raid in Nerja on June 1, with quantities of hashish and cocaine ready for sale confiscated.  Twelve homes were raided by a force of around 80 officers and at least six points where drugs were sold were deactivated.  Two local taxi drivers are reported to be amongst those detained.

Trying again

The contract to build 11 homes on a municipal plot Nerja’s calle Zubarán has been put out to tender for the second time.  The first offer attracted no bids after the construction industry was hit by a rise in the cost of raw materials.  The houses will be available as affordable homes to young people in the municipality.

 

 

 

 

Local News  - July 2022

Torrox plaza

The Plaza de la Constitución in Torrox is to be remodelled to make it more open and partly pedestrianised.  The investment of €315,700 will be 75% subsidised by Málaga’s provincial government.  The 3,500 square metre area has been given shade in recent years by coloured umbrellas which are now a tourist attraction.

Road upgrades

The provincial government has earmarked over €805,000 to upgrade seven country roads in the Axarquía.  The work to improve the surface and eliminate potholes will be carried out in several municipalities including Rincón de la Victoria, Comares, Benamargosa and Moclinejo.  In some cases, horizontal signage will be repainted along with new sound strips and lane studs.

 

 

Local News  - June 2022

Museum closes

The popular Russian State Museum in Málaga has become a victim of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.  Last month, more than 40 major works on display for the last seven years were carefully packed into lorries and returned to St Petersburg.  The museum at the city’s Tabacalera building attracted three quarter of a million visitors since it opened in the city.

Cathedral covering

The Bishop of Málaga has received permission from the Culture Ministry to put a new waterproof roof on the city’s cathedral after 240 years.  Since building work ceased in 1782, the cathedral has relied on a temporary roof which has always leaked and now needs urgent attention. To fit a sloping roof as the original architect intended will cost around €10 million, with funding expected to come from various public authorities.

Regional News - July 2022

Ryanair strike

Ryanair staff in Spain were still planning strike action at ten airports including Málaga.  As well as four days stoppage last month, disruption was expected to continue into early July.  The USO and Sitcpla unions claim workers are being denied statutory leave and that there is lack of risk protection in the workplace.

€3 Litre

Drivers in Spain could face petrol prices of more than three euros a litre this summer.  The Confederation of Service Station Businesses says the demand from tourism could exacerbate an already difficult situation.  In addition, Spanish road hauliers have threatened an indefinite strike this month if the Government fails to action on soaring prices on forecourts.

Gas record

A record amount of natural gas was used to generate power in Spain on June 15.  Enagas said that power generation from hydro, wind and solar sources has fallen as demand has increased in the heatwave, meaning the more expensive gas-fired plants had to make up the shortfall.  Spain and Portugal are temporarily subsidising power generation from fossil fuels.

Fourth jabs

The Health Ministry has clarified that a fourth Covid jab will be available only to those who are vulnerable, or are aged over 80.  Earlier last month, it was wrongly indicated that the extra inoculation would be universally available.  So far, 92.4% of over 70s are reported to have received their third injection.

Airport tradegy

The bodies of two brothers were found last month in the landing gear of an aircraft about to depart Algiers for Barcelona.  The Airbus A330-200 was immobilised while investigations continued.  The alarm was raised by the boys’ family after they received a video filmed on board the plane.

 

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