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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 - August 2022

Bike lane

Nerja has invited tenders for the next section of the new bike lane along the N-340 to Maro, with a budget of almost €550,000.  The first section of the lane, which also runs to the town’s sports centre, has already opened, while the section between the Burriana and Capistrano sections is under construction.  Bids to build for the next phase must be received by August 8.

Hotel occupancy

Nerja enjoyed one of the highest levels of occupancy on the coast during June.  The total of 83.9% given by the Costa del Sol Association of Hotel Businesses (Aehcos) compares with 81.9% for the entire coast, two points less than the figure for the same period in 2019.  The Association is expecting “moderate” results for July and August.

Caravan site

A 7,000 square metre site has been set aside in Nerja to accommodate motor caravans.  It will be developed on land not suitable for urbanising in the Pago de Río Seco area, with road access to the N-340 coast road.  The site will include prefabricated booths, toilets and a reception area, plus water and power supplies, as well as sanitation facilities.

Ayo honoured

A statue honouring Francisco Ortega Olalla “Ayo” has been unveiled near Nerja’s sports centre.  Mayor José Alberto Armijo said that Ayo, now 83, is a pioneer of athletics locally and nationally, and has shown himself to be “more than worthy of the recognition of the people.” It has also been revealed that the street leading to the sports complex will be renamed for Ayo, a hugely familiar figure in the town.

 

 

 

 

Maro shuttle

A shuttle bus service has been introduced for visitors to the beach in Maro in order to relieve the parking congestion in the area.  The service is operating throughout the summer between 10.00am and 8.00pm with a round-trip fare of €1.50.  A new parking area for more than 100 vehicles has recently been opened and is being operated by the Taller de Amistad association.

Lorry fire

A lorry seized by police in July last year has gone up in smoke on Nerja’s industrial estate.  Smoke visible several kilometres away was seen as the abandoned vehicle, which had been occupied by squatters, went up in flames.  When the lorry was stopped in July 2021, police found over 100 kilos of hashish inside and arrested two men of foreign nationality.

 

 

 

 

Local News  - August 2022

Nerja assault

The prosecutor has asked for a jail term of eight years for a 37-year-old man accused of assaulting a woman in Nerja in September 2017.  It is alleged the victim was in a semi-conscious state in a car park when the incident occurred during a local fiesta.  If found guilty, he could also face a distancing order and a compensation payment of €50,000.

Job subsidies

Nerja is offering to help with financing jobs for the long-term unemployed in the town.  Both salary and Social Security contributions will be subsidised, with amounts varying with contract type and the age of the person hired.  Companies, freelance workers and professionals from Nerja and Maro have until September to apply to the town hall.

 

 

Local News  - August 2022

Nerja on-line

The register of Nerja residents in 1910 and 1920 can now be inspected on-line.  Restoration and digitisation of the census data has been completed and entered into the Municipal Archive, which holds records dating back to 1765.  The registers of inhabitants are amongst the most consulted documents and can be accessed at https://archivo.nerja.es/archivo-online.

Chalet complex

A complex of tourist chalets is to be built on a 50,000 square metre site in the Rio de la Miel area.  Some 13 cabins will be situated alongside a swimming pool, pilates platform and ecological garden, with power from solar panels and water recycled for irrigation.  Nerja’s Town Council has approved the private project, although with the abstention of Unidas Podemos, Vox and PSOE members.

Regional News - August 2022

Covid peaks

The Health Ministry says the seventh Covid wave reached its peak in the first fortnight of July.  The data, which now only considers patients aged 60 or more, put the cumulative rate at 1,081 cases per 100,000 of population.  This compares with 4,600 just after Christmas when the Omicron variant was spreading across the country.

Disco shooting

At least five people were injured, one seriously, when shots were fired inside Marbella’s Opium nightclub in the early hours of June 18.   The alleged perpetrator was found with serious knife injuries to the chest and head and was hospitalised in police custody, while a second suspect was detained later.  Reports say one man, thrown out after a scuffle, returned with a knife and stabbed a Dutch citizen who pulled out a gun and fired four shots.

Border fatalities

At least 23 people died on the border between Melilla and Morocco at the end of June as around 2,000 would-be migrants attempt to storm the crossing to reach Spanish soil.  Some are reported to have died in a crush while others fell from the high fences intended to protect the 10.5 kilometre border.  Madrid said 140 Spanish police officers were injured along with 76 migrants.

Drugs drones

Three drones, designed to smuggle drugs for 15 kilometres under the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco to Spain, have been seized by police.  The 14-month operation concluded last month with the arrests if 14 people in three Spanish cities, including Málaga.  Investigators said each submersible would be capable of carrying 200 kilos of cargo.

Butane frozen

The maximum price of a bottle of butane remained €19.55 after the bi-monthly review on July 19.  However, the price is presently frozen until December by law in response to economic pressures and the consequences of the war in Ukraine.  Without the freeze, the price would have risen by 5% to €20.52 per 12.5 kilo bottle. 

 

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