Author: Suzanne O'Connell

Hunger strike by angry father

Carlos Montesinos from Torrevieja is carrying out a hunger strike in front of the justice building in Torrevieja in order to protest at his lack of access to his daughter of seven years old who has been living during the last three years in Santander (Cantabria) with her mother. Carlos maintains that he hasn’t been able to see his daughter since August because, according to his words, the girl’s mother has been obstructive in enabling him to carry out his part of the access arrangements. Visits have also been hampered due to the difficulties resulting from the distance the...

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Animal rescue

Wild animals rescued in Torrevieja Much publicity is given to the rescue of dogs and cats in Torrevieja but what about pythons? This is just one example of a wild animal that has had to be rescued by the town hall during 2016. Altogether there have been 32 different types of wild animals that have had to be caught and reintroduced to their actual habitats. Other examples of rescued animals include a number of reptiles, seagulls, owls, bats, kestrels, snakes and eagles. All of these ‘wild’ animals have been rescued in urban areas and many of them are in...

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Did you know?

Underground shelters in Torrevieja It’s not commonly known but below the streets of Torrevieja there are five anti-aircraft shelters that were constructed during the civil war. One of them is under the Plaza de la Constitución opposite the Inmaculada church and has the capacity of holding up to 600 people. Under the square in the centre of Torrevieja there is a shelter of about 20 metres long. The access to it is on calle Caballero de Rodas and it is one of five defensive infrastructures created during the Civil War. The shelters were constructed after the first bombing by Franco’s troops on the coast of Alicante in November 1936. According to official sources, the shelter’s structure was not destroyed during the civil war and was conserved in a good state beneath the banks and palms of La Glorieta. Opening up the history of the civil war is something that Torrevieja is considering doing as part of its tourism initiative with Cartagena. After the bombing of 1936 the governor of Alicante, Francisco Valdés Casas increased the installation of anti-aircraft defences and the construction of shelters for the population throughout the province. In addition, more weapons and telephone facilities were purchased so that there was a network of surveillance posts along the coast. It was expected that there would be a landing at some point between Benidorm and Torrevieja. Following the...

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Language exchange

Chance to practise English at the Natural Park On Saturday 18th March the students from the English conversation classes held at CIAJ in Torrevieja will be able to practise their listening and speaking skills at the Natural Park of La Mata. An information day has been organised which will mean that the students can hear more about the natural park and the work of the volunteers in English. The day will begin with a brief talk about the park and there will then be a presentation about the volunteer work that is done by the Asociacion de lasRutas y Caminos de la Sal. This group helps to care for the park by undertaking various activities, such as making new signs, restoring bird boxes and helping to monitor the park during the day. The volunteers will then take the students on a brief tour of the park. Crystal East organises the English language classes and is delighted by this opportunity for her students: ‘I think it will be a great opportunity for young Spanish speaking volunteers to practise their English and improve their vocabulary,’ explains Crystal. ‘They will also see first-hand the work of the volunteers and if anyone then feels they would like to become a volunteer they will be made very welcome.’ It is expected that the event will take about two hours and will start at 10am....

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Allegations of corruption

The mayor of Torrevieja, José Manuel Dolón, has asked that contracts linked to previous tourism fairs be investigated for improper allocation and processes. The same business organisations were given the contracts between 2005 and 2011 across Alicante province and in Orihuela. TurismoFitur was a campaign during this period to promote tourism in Spain. Torrevieja town hall contracted stands at the tourism fair and this is now being investigated for impropriety. The mayor said: ‘If there is a crime here we will demand that those responsible are brought to justice.’ Torrevieja paid out  €1,207,408.65 to the same company that is now being investigated in Alicante. It is believed that the proper contracting procedure was not applied. During the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 this would have been under the jurisdiction of Pedro Hernández Mateo (PP) who has already been convicted of corruption. The tourism fairs were held in Madrid, Valencia and Bilbao and huge profits were made from them. The same company, Equipamiento Integral para Stand Molinos, received the contracts but there was no one else who appeared to be offered the opportunity to bid and there was no publicity surrounding their appointment. In 2010 and 2011, the process of allocating the contract was modified and at least three companies were invited to bid. However, it is alleged that there was insufficient time for them to apply and ultimately only...

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