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Local Headlines - July 2021

Free buses

Torrox is to become the first municipality east of Málaga offering free local bus services to residents.  Councillors last month approved the scheme which will required local people to present a special pass on boarding to ensure a fare-free journey.  The town hall hopes free ecological and sustainable public transport will discourage the use of private vehicles, so decreasing pollution.

Fake gasman

A 38-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly stealing €8,000 from an 80-year-old woman he knew in the Granada town of La Zubia.  Posing as a gas inspector he first charged her €210 for work done, then when she was distracted, lifted the extra cash from an open safe.  Because she knew the suspect, the victim had no problem in identifying him to the police.

Easyjet base

Easyjet has opened a base at Málaga’s airport creating 100 jobs.  The carrier has also launched a new service to Birmingham in the UK operated by three A-320 aircraft based locally.  Easyjet, which already has bases in Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, plans to offer flights to 14 destinations from Málaga.

Sea cleaners

A fleet of cleaning boats is now in operation along the beaches of Nerja, Torrox, Algarrobo and Vélez-Málaga.  The 12 craft operate from 11am every day of the week clearing rubbish, including jellyfish, from the water closest to the coastline.  The service will continue until September 15.

 

 

 

 

Local avocados

The supermarket chain Mercadona says it has bought 7,000 tonnes of avocados from suppliers in the province of Málaga during this year and is committed to selling local produce.  A number of business in the city of Málaga and the Axarquía have benefitted from the company’s policy.  It has also taken supplies from growers in Granada and Cádiz.

Beach controls

The number people allowed onto Maro’s beach this summer is to be strictly controlled.  A temporary reorganisation of road traffic will include a shuttle bus between the Plaza de Iglesias in the centre of the village and the beach, while two new parking areas are to be opened.  The beach is overlooked by the Natural Park of the Maro – Cerdo Gordo Cliffs, but is not part of it.

 

 

 

 

Local News  - July 2021

Library design

The contract to design Nerja’s new municipal library has been awarded to MGM Arquitectos.  The Sevilla-based architect was chosen from the 63 applications received by the town hall.  The new library is to be built on a empty site, just off the Balcón de Europa.

New bins

The 34 rubbish containers on Nerja’s Burriana Beach are to be replaced over the next three months at a cost of €232,000.  The cost will be covered completely with a grant from Tourism Department of the Junta de Andalucía.  The town hall said that the existing underground deposits had serious operational deficiencies and would be replaced with more efficient units.

 

 

Local News  - July 2021

Nerja footpath

Nerja Town Hall has invited tenders for the construction of a new footpath to link El Salón beach, immediately to the west of the Balcón de Europa, with La Caletilla beach.  The project, financed by the provincial government, has a budget of €163,000.  The new facility will eventually form part of Málaga’s coastal footpath which will run from Nerja to Manilva.

Beach death

A 78-year-old man died on a beach in Torre del Mar on June 9.  The victim was spotted in difficulties in the sea and was helped to shore by two rescuers who found he had suffered a cardio respiratory arrest.  They attempted to resuscitate him, but he his death was confirmed by an ambulance crew who arrived shortly after.

Regional News - July 2021

King honoured

King Felipe has become the first recipient of Andalucía’s Medal of Honour for his, “exemplary defence of the unity of Spain.”  He accepted the honour from regional president Juanma Morena in Sevilla on June 14, and the King, who was accompanied by Queen Letizia, said that. “Being in Andalucía is always being at home.”  The new honour was created by the Junta de Andalucía last year.

More working

An historic drop in unemployment was recorded in Spain during May.  Government figures showed there were over 129,000 fewer people out of work compared with April, the largest ever monthly deduction since the statistics were first collated in 1996.  Unemployment at the beginning of June stood at almost 3.8 million.

Furlough extended

Spain’s ERTE furlough scheme has been extended until the end of September.  The job retention payment is still benefitting around 600,000 workers and the four-month extension will cost the government an addition €3.4 billion.  Social Security Minister José Luis Escrivá said they were aiming for “complete normalisation” by autumn.

PMs meet

The Spanish and British prime ministers met on June 14 in Brussels during which time Boris Johnson thanked Pedro Sánchez for his “pragmatic” approach to the question of Gibraltar.  A meeting on December 31 established that The Rock will become part of the Schengen area.  Sr Sánchez said later they also discussed strengthening security and defence, as well as the importance of bilateral relations. 

Dinosaur death

In a bizarre accident, a 39-year-old man died last month after becoming trapped inside the leg of huge model dinosaur.  The statue outside a cinema in Cataluña had to be cut open to retrieve the body.  Police believe the victim had dropped his phone into the model and gone in head first to retrieve it, but then became stuck.

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