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Local Headlines - November 2022

New homes

Construction of 11 new low-cost homes began in Nerja’s calle Zubarán last month.  The ten-month project represents an investment of more than €1.45 million, 85% of which comes from the town hall with the remainder from the regional government.  The two-storey homes, part of the Municipal Housing Plan for Youth, included two or three bedrooms and basement parking.

Beach upgrade

The three-month project to upgrade the paseo marítimo along Nerja’s Torrecilla beach got underway in October.  The work had been delayed after the first invitation to tender for the work produced no applicants.  The cost of €189,000 is being shared between the town hall and the regional government under the plan to aid recovery following the pandemic.

Roof repairs

Repair work on the roof of Málaga’s Cathedral could start early next year.  Agreements are reported to have been reached on a project which is expected to take two and half years to complete with a budget expected to total €17 million.  Years of leaks from the poorly insulated roof have led to a general degradation of the interior of the building.

Nerja fire

A countryside fire in the Colmenarejo area east of Nerja on October 17 was successfully contained by firefighters.  Three helicopters and two other aircraft supported 100 workers on the ground after the alarm was raised at 3.45pm.  The blaze was declared to be under control by 7.00pm.

 

 

 

 

Cultural asset

The regional government last month formally announced its intention to declare a Nerja church to be an asset of cultural interest.  The Junta de Andalucía says that the 18th century Nuestra Señora de las Angustias chapel in the town centre has architectural, historical-artistic and ethnological importance.  Assuming no objections to the proposal are received, the new status of the building will confirmed shortly.

New leader

The socialist PSOE party in Nerja has chosen Patricia Gutiérrez to lead it into the local elections scheduled for next May.  She narrowly won a second vote of local members after she and former councillor Gabriel Broncano tied in an initial round.  The new leader has been the socialists’ local spokesperson and secretary general.

 

 

 

 

Local News  - November 2022

Raising awarness

Local buses in Nerja have been carrying a slogan to raise the awareness and prevention of gender violence.  The campaign, “Nerja for Equality and Good Treatment,” has been promoted by the Department of Equality and the Municipal Information Centre for Women.  Equality Councillor Gema Laguna said the object was to build a model based on respect, equality, freedom and the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

New loan

Vélez-Málaga Town Hall has negotiated an €8 million loan from Unicaja to enable the competition of a number of projects.  These include €1.2 million for the urban development of the Camino de Torrox and €1.5 million for work at Torre del Mar’s theatre.  Other projects include the acquisition of buildings for administrative use, neighbourhood improvements, and upgrades to public roads and infrastructure.

 

 

Local News  - November 2022

Ceiling collapse

Part of the false plaster ceiling in El Trapiche’s San Isidro church collapsed during the afternoon of October 20.  No-one was injured in the incident.  The building is owned by the Bishopric which is responsible for its maintenance, although authorities in both El Trapiche and Vélea-Mákaga have offered assistance with the repairs.

Quality concerns

Ecologists have lodged a complaint about earthworks on land above the source of the River Maro which they claim has potential problems for water quality.  The group GENA has that claimed the work was not properly licenced and has illegally closed a road.  The area has also been pasture but its conversion to agricultural use, they explained, threatens contamination through the leakage of insecticides and fertilizers into the water.

Regional News - November 2022

Demo explodes

Fifteen people, including nine children, were hospitalised last month in Girona when a container of liquid nitrogen exploded during a chemistry lecture.  During an event organised by Girona University, the nitrogen exploded sending clouds of thick white smoke over a crowd of around 900.  Several of the injured were burned but it is reported that most injuries resulted from flying parts of the exploded metal container.

New pipeline

Spain is joining Portugal and France to build a new underwater pipeline between Barcelona and Marseilles which will pump green hydrogen and other renewable gases.  It will also be used temporarily to move natural gas to help alleviate Europe’s energy crisis.  The project replaces previous proposals, rejected by France, to extend the so-called MidCat pipeline across the Pyrenees.

In court

Soccer star Neymar appeared in a Barcelona court last month to deny corruption charges for which prosecutors are demanding a two-year jail sentence.  In a 15-minute appearance during which he was questioned about negotiations and contracts, he claimed that he simply signed what his father told him to.  Neymar is one of nine defendants on trial for corruption related to transfers of the player between teams.

Shakira charged

The Colombian singer Shakira was last month ordered to stand trial by a court in Cataluña over charges related to a €14.5 million tax fraud.  She has already paid the sum demanded by the tax authority plus €3 million in interest after being charged with defrauding the treasury between 2012 and 2014.  She now faces six more charges of fraud and has been warned that she could be jailed for up to eight years.

Covid clearance

Spain has dropped all requirements for travellers to show proof of Covid vaccinations before entering the country.  The rule change on October 12, which included the Balearic and Canary Islands, came in time for school half-term holidays.  Spain was one of the last European countries to impose strict Covid entry rules on foreign arrivals, although face-masks are still required on public transport, transfer coaches and taxis, as well as in chemist shops and medical centres.

 

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