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Local Headlines - May 2021 2021

Demand dropped

A clause in a draft agreement between Nerja and Madrid, which would have committed the municipality to a long, expensive payment, has been dropped.  The Ministry for Ecological Transition was demanding more than €7 million over 25 years when it formally hands the new water treatment plant, presently in its testing phase, to the town later this year.  Jonathan Méndez, the Partido Popular spokesman at the town hall, said the councillors were “celebrating” the reversal by the socialist government of Pedro Sánchez.

Reidential plans

Nerja’s Town Council has been progressing the process of transferring a a 4,980 square metre plot of land to the Taller de la Amistad.  The group, which helps those with learning difficulties, plans to build a residential home for 60 people with moderate or severe disabilities, which will also house a Day Centre and an Occupational Centre.  The town is also to co-finance the technical project for the development in Avenida de las Palmeras.

Restaurant approved

Nerja councillors have approved the project to build a new restaurant on Playa Calahonda, immediately east of the Balcón de Europa.  They have also confirmed that the winning applicant for the 25 year concession to operate the restaurant will pay the town hall a minimum of €20,000 each year.  Preparation work has been underway on the site which recently became municipal property after previously being in private ownership.

New base

Spain’s Red Cross organisation is to have a new base in an office property on the ground floor of Nerja’s town hall.  It is to be ceded to the group by the town council and will become home to a permanent delegation from the international humanitarian movement.  Cruz Roja Española is an independent affiliate of the International Red Cross and operates at local, provincial, regional and national levels.





Record popualtion

Government data released last month show that the province of Málaga recorded the largest population increase in Spain during 2020.  The total of almost 1.7 million on January 1, a new record, included nearly 51,000 British nationals.  However, the province continues to lose younger residents with 13,500 fewer under 45-year-olds, while the older population recorded an increase with 4,500 additional over-75s.

Kiosk concession

Nerja’s Taller de Amistad which helps those with learning difficulties has been awarded the concession to run the municipal kiosk in the town’s Plaza de la Marina.  The organisation is to have use of the kiosk free of all charges.  Craft items made at the workshop will be on sale, with all profits going to the continuing social work it undertakes.





Local News  - May 2021

New deposit

A new water deposit with a capacity of 600 cubic metres is expected to be operational this month in Nerja’s Punta Lara area.  A smaller temporary deposit has been in place to cover possible outages during emergency work to the local water supply infrastructure.  The €325,000 project will give the surrounding district a deposit twice the capacity of the old one which was suffering from structural deficiencies.

Nerja exhibition

An exhibition of documents and photographs in Nerja’s Sala Mercado marking the 60th anniversary of the towns’s Los Protegidas district continues until May 15.  It was in April 1961 when the keys to their new homes were presented to the area’s first 50 families.  Amongst other activities to mark the event, decorations have been erected in Plaza de Andalucía, where the San Miguel church is located.



Local News  - May 2021

Found safe

Nerja’s prestigious athletics club has been ranked in second place nationally by the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation.  Now in its 14th year as the top ranking club in Andalucía, the club won all the national competitions in which members participated last year.  The Federation evaluates 600 clubs every year, and placed Nerja second only to the Club de Atletismo Playas de Castellón.

Nerja dealer

The 20-year-old Nerja man detained in a dramatic early morning drugs raid on March 12 has been ordered to be held without bail by a Torrox court.  He is accused of supplying drugs from his home where police found quantities of hashish and marijuana, as well as precision scales and other tools used to prepare drugs for sale.  The suspect is facing a charge of an offence against public health.

Regional News - May 2021

Deejay death

Ten people have been arrested following the death of a 40-year-old man who was the deejay at an illegal party in Marbella on March 29.  A 30-year-old German has been accused of murder and illegal possession of a firearm, while the others are under investigation for concealing the crime.  According to National Police, the murder suspect did not like the music being played by the Spanish man and threatened him before firing two shots into the ceiling, one of which rebounded and entered the victim’s neck and lung.

3-D workshop

An illegal workshop manufacturing weapons using 3-D printers has been closed by police in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.  Gun parts, a replica assault rifle, two tasers and a machete were among items found following an investigation into a person trying to sell arms and explosives on the Internet.  The Spanish owner of the workshop was arrested last September but news of the raid was only released last month.

Franco's dagger

A dagger believed to have belonged to Franco was sold at auction in Germany last month.  The weapon, believed to have been gifted to the Spanish dictator by Mussolini’s son-in-law, fetched €35,000.  However, Franco’s descendents claim they have no knowledge of the item which is dated June 10, 1939.

Smoking ban

The Health Ministry is reported to be working on the draft of new legislation which would ban smoking on the outside terraces of bars and other establishments throughout the country.  Smokers would be outlawed by the new rules even if able to maintain the social distancing required by Covid restrictions.  Similar legislation is already in place in six regions of the country, but not including Andalucía.

High deficit

Spain’s budget deficit in 2020 rose to an 11 year high, but was below the government forecast.  Covid restrictions led to lower social spending and tax revenues, creating a deficit equal to 10.97% of GDP, up from 2.9% in 2019.  Public spending increased by around €53 billion in 2020, around 85% of which was aimed at mitigating the effects of the pandemic.

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