Tag: Torrevieja

A family company ready for all your transport needs

We have some very interesting news about a well established and reputable travel agent
called BENICONNECT who have been operating for many years in the North of the Costa Blanca
offering shuttle and private vehicle transfers serving Alicante, Murcia and Valencia airports.
Beniconnect, a British / Spanish family business has a wealth of experience in the transport
sector and offers a wide range of services for every occasion as well as airport transfers.
They have improved their transfer portfolio by launching a new shuttle service to and from
Alicante airport to the South of the Costa thereby allowing customers easy airport
connections for both residents and tourists in the south. They call in at San Pedro Del Pinatar,
Pilar de la Horadada, Dehesa de Campoamor, Cabo Roig, Villamartin, La Zenia, Playa Flamenca,
Torrevieja and Ciudad Quesada.
Beniconnect is the sister company of Autocares Grupo Benidorm their very own coach
company boasting a fleet of modern vehicles that are fully licensed and comply with all local
and European health and safety regulations.
In Alicante airport Beniconnect has two Meet & Greet reception desks which are manned by
their experienced uniformed airport representatives.
The Company prides itself on delivering excellent customer service which is why to date, many
of their customers return time and time again choosing Beniconnect as their preferred transfer
provider. In fact, 98 per cent of their customers will travel with Beniconnect again and
recommend them to family and friends (customer survey results 2018).
Beniconnect has recently obtained certain awards or certificates:
They are on the 3rd cycle of the SICTED (certificate of commitment for the continuous
improvement of quality in destination)
Last July, the Minister of Tourism, Irene Maroto, presented them in Madrid with the award of
Best Quality Transfer Company in Spain.
In Autocares Grupo Benidorm, they have also obtained certifications:
They are on the 3rd cycle of the SICTED (certificate of commitment for the continuous
improvement of quality in destination)
Last August, they obtained four ISO certificates: OHSAS 18001 ( Safety and Health
Management System at Work); UNE-EN 13816 ( Transport Management System, the
Logistics and Passenger Transport, UNE-EN ISO 9001 ( Quality Management
System), and UNE-EN 14001 ( System of Environmental management).
They have a very user friendly website www.beniconnect.com which has recently been
updated where with four easy steps you can make your reservation with a safe and secure
payment system.
After making a reservation you will receive written email confirmation with full joining
instructions and a 24 hour emergency contact number.
While offering very competitive prices they also provide different ‘Special Offers’ each month.
Beniconnect are also available to “tailor make” anything to customers requirements, be they
excursions, tours, transport for weddings guests, golfing groups. Nothing is too small or too
large for them to organise for you.
They have a ‘Customer Information Centre’ open seven days a week between 9am and 8pm
for enquiries and bookings. However booking discounts for transfers only apply when
customers book on their website.
The local Spanish number is + 34 965 850 790 and the local UK number is 0207 096 0052 (both
operating from 9am to 8pm).

Get to know Spanish traffic law

Understanding Spanish Traffic Law has taken a huge leap forward this week, with the
publication of a new eBook by the N332 Road Safety Group.
A team of volunteers have been working on the publication for over a year, translating the
official Spanish traffic law, the ‘Reglamento General de Circulación’, into English, overseen
by Guardia Civil traffic officer, Francisco Morales, who has also added commentary and
pictures to the publication to ensure that there is no ambiguity in understanding every
single element.
The eBook was officially launched to a VIP group in the Quironsalud Hospital in Torrevieja,
where the attendees, including the Costa Blanca People, got a sneak preview of the eBook,
whilst presented with a talk about the history and reasoning behind the publication.
The eBook has already gained the support from the main traffic accident associations in
Spain, Stop Accidentes, Association for the Prevention of Traffic Accidents (P(A)T), AESLEME,
and the Federación Europea de Víctimas de la Carretera, as well as the European Council on
Road Safety keen to support the entire project.
With just over 500 pages of text and pictures, the publication, which has been edited by
Mark Nolan, who has also been involved in the project since the beginning, some 3 years
ago, is now available to download from the N332 website, at n332.es/ebooks.
The Reglamento General De Circulación is one of four main legal documents for driving in
Spain, and the most important, as it details the basics, and intricate elements of procedures
ranging from drugs and alcohol to children in cars, which includes many of the points that
drivers are still confused about, such as who can sit where, how goods are to be carried and
stowed, which lane to drive in, who has priority and when, and what the road signs and
signals actually mean.
The good news is that thanks to the support from the volunteers and sponsors, this eBook
can be downloaded for free, and so you can have your own copy on your mobile phone,
tablet, or computer, and can then either read it from cover to cover, or simply refer to it if
you have any doubts.
There will also be a supporting website launched in the New Year, followed by a mobile
phone app, as the development in this part of the project continues.
Although there may be some disappointment that the publication isn’t being printed, the
size alone would make it extremely expensive, but being a digital publication means that it
can be updated easily, without having to throw away the original paper copy. Moreover, the
website means that these updates can be published instantly.
In the second half of this year we have seen changes to the law such as all emergency
service vehicles having blue lights, taxis having blue number plates, and the introduction of
eco stickers. In the first half of 2019 we expect to see other changes such as the regulation
of personal mobility vehicles, such as scooters, and stricter controls for speed, and so, with
such a frequently changing canvas, the need for ease of updates is crucial in ensuring that
the information is always up to date and accurate.
Be sure to download your own copy of the eBook from the N332 website, n332.es/ebooks.

Patching up the beaches

Following the storms in the early hours of Monday 19 th November, the
beaches in Torrevieja have been left in a sorry state. Much of the sand has
been swept into the sea by flood water and the town council has the job of
replacing it. Altogether it is estimated that 600 tons of sand is needed to make
the beaches good again and the town hall has asked for help from the
Valencian government.
The beaches that have been most affected are El Cura and Los Locos
followed by Los Náufragos and La Mata. It has been recorded that 105 litres
of water fell per square metre that day – the highest November rainfall since
records were started in 1927. The damage is particularly evident along the
front line of the beaches where the sand has disappeared.
It is not only the sand but also beach furniture such as footbridges and access
for disabled people that has been destroyed. ‘We have been working since
Monday,’ said the councillor for beaches, Javier Manzanares, ‘To repair and
put right all the damage that’s been done.’
Although machinery has already been out to remove damaged paths and
walkways, replacing the sand must be left for a few days. This is because the
natural action of the tide will return some of the sand washed away to the
Fortunately the town council does have a reserve sand supply of around
10,000 cubic metres which had been removed from the ravine in Torreblanco.
The sand was removed by a construction company to make way for housing
and was causing controversy in its new site next to the N332. Now, this sand
could come in very handy.

Celebrate the year with Footwork Dance

It’s been yet another “fabulous” year of dancing achievements for Footwork Dance and as
the year draws to a close the students are now busy putting the final touches to their
Christmas show, “The Voyage” a tour of dance. Directed and Choreographed by Erica Dorrill
you can join the Voyage on Sunday 15 th December at the Casa de Cultura y Musica in Los
Montesinos, leaving port at 7.30pm.
The past year has been an exceptional year for the Studios. The troupe has appeared in the
St Patricks Day celebrations at Cabo Roig , cultural week and fiesta parade in Los Montesinos
and presented a brilliant summer show. The year culminated in two very successful
appearances to full houses at Benidorm Palace – a Time to Shine in May and in November a
charity show, with Stevie Spit and many well known local entertainers.
There have also been outstanding results in the exams taken by the students of all ages, in
particular the recent Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance exams, when there was 100
percent pass mark, 98 percent passing with the top two marks. Highly respected examiner
Miss Heather Rees, who flew over from the UK adjudicated the exams.
Studio principle Erica Dorrill sadi she was exceptionally pleased with the results, especially
Daniela Curtis and Danielle DIckie, who both achieved their intermediate Tap and Modern
with excellent results.
Tickets for “The Voyage” are 7 Euros and are available from the studio in Calle Carlos Diaz,
Los Montesinos or by contacting Erica on 662003823. As in previous years, proceeds from
the show will go to the under privileged of Los Montesinos.

New Ambassador to Spain

The new British ambassador to Spain is a former Brexit chief who will replaces Simon Manley next year. Mr Manley CMG will step down from his role as the British Ambassador to Spain next summer and be replaced by a Brexit communications director.
Manley, 51, has held the post since 2013, but in 2019 will make way for Hugh Elliott, who is the current Director of Communication and Stakeholders at the Department for Exiting the European Union.
Father-of-three and Oxford graduate Manley wished his successor a ‘heartfelt welcome’ to his new job.
Elliott, who has held several high-level posts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) since 1989, said: “It will be a pride and a pleasure to represent the United Kingdom in Spain and take over next summer.”
Despite his Brexit credentials, the FCO claimed the reason for Elliott’s takeover of the role from Manley is that ‘appointments change every 3 to 4 years.’ Elliott will hope to emulate the illustrious career of his predecessor, who had many highlights as a British envoy, including receiving a cooking lesson from the three-Michelin star-winning Spanish chef David Muñoz.
Another key moment of Manley’s diplomatic tenure was the recent Tertulias event, where Harriet Harman, Boris Johnson and Ed Miliband were accompanied by the ambassador in the 30th annual Anglo-Spanish celebration of bilateral and cultural links.
Manley said: “It has been the best charge of my diplomatic career, a great honour, and a pleasure to work to reinforce the bonds between our two great countries – and I’m not leaving, I have nine more months!”

Supreme Court rules client must pay mortgage tax

The Spanish Supreme Court has done a U-turn again and decided that it is the clients who must pay for a controversial mortgage tax, and not the banks. The Impuesto sobre Actos Jurídicos Documentados (AJD) is a stamp tax paid in Spain by the homebuyer at the time of purchase, when a notary officially documents both the sale and the bank loan.
The decision was reached recently in the Administrative Division of the Supreme Court after two days of intense debate, and with just two votes of difference: 15 justices were in favour of making the client pay the levy, and 13 voted to confirm a groundbreaking decision reached by this same court in mid-October that it should be the banks who pick up the tab.
The vote comes after three weeks of legal chaos that have evidenced a fracture within the Supreme Court and damaged its public image. While bank shares started to gain value on the trading floor following news of the court’s decision, Spanish political parties, consumer groups and unions immediately issued highly critical statements.
Leaders of the anti-austerity Podemos party have already announced protests over a decision that “calls into question” the court’s independence and undermines democracy, in the words of party leader Pablo Iglesias. “Shame and anger should turn into a great civic mobilisation to defend the rights of the majority from the privileges of a minority,” he said.
Alberto Garzón, head of the United Left coalition, went even further: “Private banks are thieves, they are the main enemy of democracy and they are responsible for gutting our economies. A majority of the Supreme Court sides with them, ratifying that justice has a price and that the system is rotten and spent,” he tweeted.
Both leftist leaders called a street protest outside the Supreme Court.
“One cannot subject millions of families to such uncertainty and make such a spectacle of oneself,” said Albert Rivera, the head of centre-right group Ciudadanos.
The government of Pedro Sánchez, of the Socialist Party (PSOE), has not yet taken a public stand on the issue, but said it will “analyse and study the impact of the ruling.” Reforms to existing mortgage legislation are already underway in parliament in order to adapt to EU norms, and the executive could introduce new measures to make the banks pay some of the costs now borne by clients. The secretary general of the conservative Popular Party (PP), Teodoro García Egea, confirmed his group will work toward legislative reform.
Earlier, Finance Minister María Jesús Montero had said that if the court ruled in favour of clients and made the measure retroactive for four years, the claims could have an impact on regional coffers of up to €5 billion. She warned that this could affect the national public deficit and compromise EU deficit targets.
“The impact on regional coffers in a four-year retroactivity scenario would be of €5 billion, but the claims would be directed at the lenders,” said Montero at an economic forum in Madrid. “It is not the state who would have to put up the money.”
A reversal
On 19th October, the president of the administrative division of the court, Luis Díez-Picazo, opted to revise the new criteria that the court had established days before, when a panel decided that it should be the bank, and not the client, who pays the AJD tax on the basis that it is the lender who needs a public document registering the loan, and not the homebuyer. This ruling in itself constituted a reversal of 20 years of jurisprudence confirming that clients are responsible for paying this tax.
A total of 28 justices from the Administrative Division of one of Spain’s top courts gathered to debate the new criteria, which ruled that the bank was the only party with an interest in getting the loan certified by a notary, because this is what allows the lender to initiate foreclosure proceedings if the borrower defaults on payments. Because the lender is awarded this privilege through the public document, the lender should pay the fee, said the judges on 13th October.
Had the judges decided in favour of homeowners this week, they would have also had to decide whether to make the measure retroactive – and how many years back – opening the door to claims from thousands of clients.
“Many of the decisions made by this division have consequences representing millions of euros,” said one judge. “We have to be aware of this to be able to make a very strict decision. But we cannot help that this fact has an influence on our decision. We are used to this.”
What is the ajd?
The Actos Jurídicos Documentados (AJD) is paid on certain documents that are signed before a notary, such as a mortgage. The amount is a percentage of the loan, and this figure depends on the region of Spain where the home purchase is taking place. This tax is collected by the regional governments, and last year it represented a collective €8 billion in revenues. Some regions apply a 0.5 percent fee, such as the Basque Country. Others, like Andalusia or Aragón, have set this fee at 1.5 percent.+6+
However, the tax is not calculated on the amount of the loan itself, but on the mortgage guarantee, which is the sum of the loan amount, interest, late fees and legal expenses in the event of default – a fact that could significantly raise the final figure. The consumer group OCU figures that for a mortgage of €150,000, with a mortgage guarantee of €270,000 and an AJD rate of 1.5 percent, the fee would mean €4,050. This is on top of other transaction expenses involving the notary, property registrar, property valuation and gestoría.

Euro Weekly
GBP: Last week, Mark Carney met with concerns over post-Brexit monetary policy; the Bank of England stated that it is not a given that a no-deal Brexit would lead to lower interest rates. The market does assume that an orderly Brexit would mean a faster pace of rate increases, and positive sentiment on Brexit appeared to be the tone for this week. The sterling-positive rate story was balanced by the negative news that Downing Street had not, after all, secured an arrangement for UK banks to operate in Europe and a Brexit deal will not be finalised within three weeks. However, the mood had been set and the market seized on a story in The Times that a Brexit deal is imminent. Also, again, the prime minister’s office played down the idea, calling it “speculation” but investors have begun to believe that there must be something to these stories and that Theresa May is preparing to force a compromise upon her recalcitrant Brexiteers. There was little in the ecostats to support this; Britain’s construction sector also came in higher than expected but the services sector purchasing managers’ index fell from 53.9 to 52.2, missing forecast by more than a full point and touching its lowest level since immediately after the Brexit referendum. Yet sterling hesitated only briefly before zig-zagging to a four-week high against the euro. All eyes were on Brexit as the PM held a cabinet meeting sharing the details of the proposed Brexit deal which came with the caveat that the deal was 95% complete and the Irish border remains a sticking point that no amount of optimism can surmount.
EUR: The euro has had less of a positive week and declined against a basket of currencies towards the end of the week. The European Commission is warning of weakening global economic activity, growing trade tensions, slower employment growth and increased uncertainty over investment could slowdown economic growth in the euro area in the coming two years. In addition, this issue of Italy’s budget and the EU fiscal rules is coming to a head. There is some hope that the difficulties might lead to a more durable approach to EU fiscal policy but in the meantime, the matter continues to harry the euro.
USD: It was a big week for the US dollar. At the end of last week, the US dollar was the top performer due to positive employment data. Not only were a quarter of a million jobs added in October, wages growth accelerated from 2.8% to 3.1% a year. This is the biggest annual gain in more than nine years. The major factor this week was the US midterms. The dollar fell after the Democrats took the majority in the House of Representatives; this is due to the fact that the opposition now has the opportunity to frustrate the president’s policies and it gives more teeth to the investigation into collusion and the potential for impeachment if any wrong-doing is uncovered. The result had been largely priced in, but it’s clear that a change is coming in US politics and the market reacted to the uncertainty. There were no meaningful US economic data to shade the debate and the president said nothing to make investors worry. He did sack his attorney general and he withdrew the White House pass of a journalist who asked difficult questions but investors saw that as just another day at the office. Towards the end of the week, the Federal Reserve opted not to change interest rates Thursday but hinted that rates are likely to rise on 19th December and that there would be three more increases next year.
CAD: Oil prices rose amid reports that Russia and Saudi Arabia had begun discussions over possible curbs to oil production in 2019 and this assisted the Canadian dollar briefly. However, this didn’t last long and the loonie weakened to an eight-week low against its broadly stronger US counterpart on after oil prices recovered and the Federal Reserve left intact its plans to gradually raise interest rates.

We’ve got your back Millie

Local schoolgirl Millie is 13 years old. She is a keen dancer, she loves all types of sports and gymnastics – people who are acquainted with Millie know how active she is, always out and about on her roller boots and scooter.
Millie was diagnosed in 2015 with severe scoliosis. Scoliosis is the curvature of the spine; the last x-ray of Millie’s curve of the spine revealed elevation to a degree of 60/65. She has worn a back brace for the past three years to sleep in but unfortunately this has not worked. The rehabilitation specialist told Millie’s parents Emma and Steve that surgery is now the only option. Spain’s public healthcare system only offers the Harrington procedure as a surgical solution – this procedure involves metal rod fusion. Millie’s mum Emma explained, “We know this procedure works but Millie would have very limited flexibility and minimal quality of life, she would also never be able to dance or do gymnastics again. The traumatologist said that she would also need to wear a brace for 22 hours a day whilst she continues to grow and they would only be able to operate on her in a few years’ time.”
Emma continued, “As parents we want to give Millie the best opportunity in life that she deserves. I have met with Dr Juan Carlos Olaverri a private surgeon in Barcelona, he is one of only 20 surgeons in the world who performs an alternative procedures. He performs the VBT – Vertical Body Tethering and ASC – Anterior Scoliosis Correction procedures which are a lot less invasive and recovery is much quicker, this will allow Millie to continue to grow, hopefully without any further problems. The operation is lateral, but instead of a metal rod it incorporates a flexible cord into the side, which will allow the spine to straighten more as she grows. Dr Olaverri has advised that this procedure needs to be done sooner rather than later due to her age and expected growth spurts.”
Millie and her family hope that surgery can be scheduled on the 4th of February 2019. It will be necessary for Millie to be in hospital for 7 days, and then a further two weeks nearby in an apartment for aftercare from the surgical team. The cost of this procedure is in the region of €50,000.
Millie’s parents have kick-started a fundraising campaign in the hope that they can gather the funds needed to allow their daughter to live as normal a life as possible. They have set up a Facebook page called “We’ve got your back Millie” and have already garnered support from prominent local businesses such as The Christmas Shop and Venture Fleet as well as members of the public.
Emma said, “We are looking at fundraising suggestions and any merchandise or ideas that could be auctioned or donated. If there is anything that your readers can do or help in any way it would be greatly appreciated.”
To donate, simply visit the Go Fund Me page: www.gofundme.com/millie-spinal-operation
Alternatively, you can bring donations of cash or raffle prizes to Venture Fleet in Los Montesinos (see their advert on page 61 of the Costa Blanca People).

New buses on Torrevieja’s streets

Two new buses have been bought at a cost of more than half a million euros. The buses will be added to existing stock to improve the bus service in the town. Each bus offers 49 places as well as a double ramp for access. They have GPS and inside the bus there will be information for passengers about the next stop. The buses have internal LED lighting, WIFI and USB connection.
The councillor for transport in Torrevieja, Javier Manzanares, explained that this was part of a package of improvements to the local bus service. There has been some debate about the allocation of the bus service contract. The purchase of the buses is a move by the current transport company to continue to provide bus services in the town.
The bus service in Torrevieja is currently run by Grupo Avanza who are a Mexican multinational firm who acquired Costa Azul. The manager of Grupo Avanza, Luis González, explained, ‘It’s just one more step in improving the service which we want to develop in a progressive way.’
The town hall has openly shared its ambitions to take over the public transport and waste disposal services in the town. In the long term such a move could lead to substantial savings and increased efficiency but difficulties arise because of the need for huge investment to purchase the vehicles needed.
The announcement about the two new buses is in spite of Grupo Avanza being aware of this possibility and the fact that there is no contract for their services at the moment. ‘These new buses are the result of our commitment to the city,’ explained González.
The current bus service is free to residents of Torrevieja but there are problems with its frequency and the number of routes available. Currently eight lines operate in the town and those using the service report frustrations with the timing of the buses and the routes they take. The two new buses are already in operation and are at least an indication that something is being done to improve the service.

Drug traffickers distributed a thousand kilos of cocaine

Ten people have been arrested following discovery of a drug trafficking network linking South America to Torrevieja via Portugal. The undercover operation was a joint one between the Guardia Civil and the National Police and it is believed that it was responsible for the distribution of a large amount of cocaine from Alicante to different provinces such as Madrid and the Canary Islands.
The ten people arrested have been detained in prison and will be up in court number 2 in Torrevieja accused of crimes against public health, money laundering, possession of illegal weapons and being members of a criminal organisation. Three more people are being investigated for the same crimes but have been released on bail.
In total, 14.4 kilos of cocaine was seized, 10.4 kilos of marijuana, 1.6 kilos of hashish and 50 grams of amphetamines. Police have also taken €610,380 in cash, nine high-end vehicles, a 9-mm gun with ammunition and different types of computer equipment. Altogether the haul is valued at €1,763,000.
The operation to uncover the ring began in September 2017 when a load of cocaine arrived in Portugal from South America in a catamaran. On investigation it was discovered that its destination wasn’t Portugal but Torrevieja from where a gang was operating transporting drugs along the coast to Andalucía, Madrid and the Canary Islands.
Because the gang were spread across a number of provinces, catching them required a consistent effort across different police forces. It was also discovered that the gang had a workshop in Almería where they were preparing vehicles to transport drugs and money. The gang had also created a number of businesses to launder the money created by drug sales. They had twenty-six million euros to bring back into the economy without looking suspicious.
The first detention took place in June when 11 kilos of cocaine was being transported in a car between Alicante and Andalucia. The car was driven by a 65 year old man from Orihuela and the cocaine was hidden in the false floor of the car. A few days afterwards another vehicle was intercepted in Huelva after returning from Las Palmas on Gran Canaria. A total of €528,000 in cash was hidden in carefully concealed pockets in the car.
These discoveries led to more arrests in Alicante, Almería and Córdoba. One of those detained is believed to be the leader of the ring who comes from Crevillent and is the owner of the workshop in Almeria where the vehicle modifications were taking place. Five searches were made including in Guardamar del Segura and more drugs, vehicles and even a machine for counting money were discovered.
A second phase of the operation began more recently and concluded with six detentions and investigations in Madrid and Cádiz. In total another 10 kilos of marijuana, 1.6 kilos of hashish, 200 grams of cocaine and 50 grams of methamphetamine were seized. Police also found a 9mm gun with ammunition, three fake guns and five high-end vehicles as well as a variety of computer equipment and mobile phones.

This year, Remembrance Sunday fell on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, making the commemorative events even more poignant. There were a series of services held across the Costa Blanca. A crowded church in La Siesta played host to Saturday’s ceremony where the RBL standards, as well as those of RAFA, RNA and RMA, were accompanied by the music of Torrevieja Pipes and Drums. During the service, prayers were offered by Fr Richard Seabrook before the Last Post was played by Ian Gibson of the JB Brass Band. Music was also provided by the Royal British Band in Spain led by David Last with vocals by Crescendo International choir.
Andy Kirkbride sang ‘Bring him home’ after which the standards, followed by dignitaries and wreath holders, moved to the cenotaph located in the church garden area where wreaths were laid.
On Sunday morning, hundreds gathered at the church in Mil Palmeras where the Orihuela Costa and District Branch held its annual service led by Pastor Keith Brown. Such was the extent of the crowd, the service was transmitted on a a large screen to a congregation of over 600 people.
Guests included the British Vice Consul Sara Munsterhjelm and the Chairman of the RBL Spain District North, Don Cubbon. They were joined by the mayor of Pilar de la Horadada, Ignacio Ramos, and five of his councillors along with Orihuela councillors Sofia Alvarez and Luisa Boné.
The standards were led to the church accompanied by Torrevieja Pipes and Drums and the Last Post was performed again by Ian Gibson. The RBL band provided musical accompaniment throughout the service. There was an incredibly moving performance of ‘Bring him home’ by RBL supporter Stevie Spit. The ceremony moved out to the brand new Garden of Remembrance, where dignitaries and guests laid wreathes in remembrance and members of the public added their own poppy crosses in memory of family members and lost friends.
Gran Alacant and La Marina Branch of the Royal British Legion, in association with the Ayuntamiento of San Fulgencio, also held their annual Service of Remembrance on Sunday while The Royal British Legion in Hondon Valley had conducted theirs a day earlier in Hondon de las Frailes.
The final event of the weekend took place in Campoverde on Sunday evening.

Why do the streets still flood?

Thousands of euro has been spent on digging trenches in many parts of
Torrevieja to contain the flood water. But still, on Saturday 15 th September,
many streets across the town became impassable and damage was done to
property and transport.
One litre of water per square metre of ground fell every second, totalling 30 in
half an hour. Between 7.30am and 8am 31.2 litres per square metre had been
recorded. Not surprisingly it did not take long for the canals running parallel to
the natural lakes to be full.
From the avenida de las Cortes Valencianas up to the avenida de Delfina
Viudes, the roads were impassable and traffic at a stand still. For more than
20 minutes the water continued to flood this area around the N332 and as far
as access to the Ozone commercial centre and Carrefour. The Guardia Civil
had to rescue five drivers from their cars.
However, this is not a new situation and public money has been spent to try
and remedy the problem. Why did it not work? Canals and ditches have been
constructed to take excess water since 2014. Had they not been constructed
then the flooding would have been far worse. However, there are also those
who argue that some of the measures taken have, in fact, just moved the
problem elsewhere.
There are still more proposals on the table for how to alleviate the town’s
flooding problems. A channel running parallel to the N332 down to the sea, is
one suggestion. It’s not just nature, however, that we can blame for the state
of flooding in Torrevieja.
The fact remains that the huge amount of residential building in and around
the town over a period of four decades is also responsible for the problems
we encounter now. Previously there was more soil to absorb the rain water.
Following the boom in house building this was replaced by large amounts of
asphalt. In the rush to build, little thought was given to the problems this would
cause for those buying here.

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