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Local Headlines - October 2021

Caves visitors

Between July and September, Nerja’s famous caves welcomed 155,000 visitors, of whom three-quarters were Spanish nationals.  However, the numbers from other countries has gradually been increasing with France being best represented.  Throughout the period, people from a total of 90 nations visited the tourist attraction.

Beach warning

A new sign has appeared on Nerja’s Burriana beach warning visitors not to hire sports equipment from unauthorised businesses.  The move follows complaints from ecologists that rented jet-skis in waters off the Maro – Cerro Gordo natural park were being operated illegally within a mile of the coast.  In August, the group Ecologists in Action claimed that was a general “lack of control” on vessels in the area resulting in damage to underwater flora and fauna.

Water levels

In the middle of last month, water stored in the Axarquía reservoir at La Viñuela was reported to be at its lowest level since 2008.  It was recorded at 23.2% capacity and concern has been expressed by farmers who fear a limit being placed on supplies for irrigation.  The water crisis in 2008 was finally averted by heavy autumn rainfall.

Dragon's teeth

The Ministry of Transport is experimenting with road markings which could help reduce accidents at pedestrian crossing.  On trial in Burgos is the “dragon’s teeth” design which gives drivers the impression that the road is narrowing, encouraging them to slow down.  Data collected at the scene may result in the design being adopted nationwide.

 

 

 

 

Frigiliana attack

A 28-year-old Nerja was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after being stabbed during an argument in a Frigiliana bar.  A 36-year-old local man was later arrested by the Guardia Civil and faces an alleged offence at attempted murder.  The two men are reported to have had business quarrels in the past.

Gardener dies

A 54-year-old man died in Nerja on September 7 when a palm tree fell onto him.  The gardener was reported to be cutting down the tree in the area of the Chillar river, when it fell and pinned him to the ground.  A crane had to be called in to lift the tree, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

 

 

Local News  - October 2021

Training base

Councillors in Nerja have approved the basic project for a new training and employment base in the municipality.  The facility is be housed in a building presently under construction in the Los Poetas district.  The project is part of the Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development Strategy of Nerja (EDUSI), and has a budget of €1.92 million, which will be 80% co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Drugs detention

A 35-year-old man from Vélez-Málaga has been arrested in Casabermeja after 52 kilos of cannabis was found in his van.  He told officers that he had stolen the drugs from another gang.  However, police suspect that he and his brother had stolen the plants from a nearby farm.

 

 

Local News  - October 2021

Nerja hero

A National Police officer from Jaén has been recognised by the Government after he saved the life of a drowning man on Nerja’s La Torrecilla beach in July.  Jesús Cañas was on holiday in the town when he pulled an unconscious 36-year-old man from the sea and helped to revive him.  The government’s sub-delegate in Jaén described his actions as, “an example of courage and the values ​​that a caring and humanitarian society represents.”

Lit up

The stretch of N-340 road which by-passes Maro is now illuminated.  The 18 street lamps have finally been installed by the Partido Popular administration at a cost of €47,500, after a wait of six years.  The road paving and steelworks were put in place by the previous PP administration in 2015, but the project was not progressed by the intervening socialist administration.

Regional News - October 2021

Wolf ban

Hunting the Iberian wolf (Canis lupus) was banned throughout Spain last month.  However, the regions of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and Castilla y León, which are home to 95% of Spanish wolf live, have protested against the decision and say they will challenge it in court.  Hunting associations claim farmers lose millions of Euros every years from wolf attacks, for which they can only claim 20% compensation.

Drone deliveries

Owners of luxury yachts moored off Ibiza can now have their take-away food orders delivered by drone.  The operator of DroneToYacht flys the meals at a maximum 32 knots before lowering them down to the deck on a 20 metre line.  The company plans to expand its services to resorts on the mainland, as well as in the Caribbean.

No expansion

Thousands of people lined the streets of Barcelona last month to protest at plans to expand El Prat airport under the motto, “Fighting for the climate, health and life.”  The demonstration was called before a halt was called to the proposed expansion in the absence of political consensus.  However, many of the groups who took part continue to oppose anything which promotes mass tourism.

Minimum wage

The minimum monthly wage in Spain has been increased by €15 to €965, back-dated to September 1.  The government and unions agreed the figure for 14 monthly payments per year, although a group representing employers refused to endorse the move.  The unions are still arguing to increase the minimum to €1,000 per month from the beginning of next year.

Fewer deaths

During July and August, 191 people died in road accidents in Spain, the lowest number for the two months since records began.  The number of fatal accidents and injuries which have required hospitalisation has also fallen, according to government figures.  However, in a quarter of fatalities resulting from accidents in cars and vans, a seat belt had not been used.

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