Tag: Torrevieja

Murder investigation rules death was accidental

An investigation into the death of a woman in Torrevieja has ruled her death to be the result of
a tragic accident. The woman’s body was found semi naked in a stairwell in the early hours of
the morning in the town’s industrial estate. Initial concerns were that the woman had been
the victim of a sexually motivated attack, given her state of undress and the fact that her body
was found near to the town’s nightclub area.
Although awaiting the official autopsy report, initial findings by the Guardia Civil suggest that
the 39 year old woman accidentally fell while urinating. The victim, of Moroccan nationality,
was found at around 9.30am on Saturday by a local resident who immediately called the
police.
According to reports in Información, sources close to the case have claimed that the accident
was recorded by security cameras on the building where the woman’s body was found. The
security footage is said to show a woman, seemingly under the influence of alcohol, suffer a
fall and subsequent blow to the head after preparing to go to the toilet.

La Vuelta sparks clean up campaign

La Vuelta cycle race is to set off from the salt work in Torrevieja. This
momentous event has triggered the clearing up of a pile of rubbish and
abandoned objects in the salt works. Over the course of the last week it is
estimated that 155 tonnes of debris, including wood, has been removed. A
dump that has taken decades to accumulate.
The rubbish was located near Torreta Florida and is part of the salt works
land. It was previously used for industrial purposes but has lain abandoned for
a while, leaving it open for use as a dump for anything that couldn’t be found a
place elsewhere.
The clear up campaign followed an inspection conducted by the
environmental department in January. Much of the rubbish comes from the
updating of the salt work and new machinery and equipment that has been
installed over the last 60 to 80 years.
A company who are experts in the clearing of heavy machinery were given
the job of removing the waste which was then separated into different types
for the purpose of recycling where possible. It is estimated that around 120
tonnes of rubble and another 35 tonnes of wood from old boats and
installations, has been removed.
The rubbish was spread over 10,000 square metres in an area closed to
public use. The next stage in the clean up campaign is to plant some natural
vegetation which is in keeping with the Torrevieja lakes. The area is in fact
within the natural park of Lagunas de Torrevieja.
It was expected that the waste removal might take longer but now 95% of it
has been shifted and the work will be completed in good time for the cycle
race. The area should look a great deal better by the time La Vuelta takes
place in August.

Decision delayed on beach for dogs

It was one of the few agreements between the different political parts in the
town council. A consensus that Torrevieja should have at least one beach
where dogs were officially permitted. However, which beach should this be?
The choice of Cala del Moro-Mal Paso and Punta Margalla proved to be
controversial.
The debate has continued and tempers have flared along these parts of the
coast as residents have clashed with those enjoying the beach with their
dogs. The signs and bins constructed on the beaches were removed and the
police have had to be called on occasions.
The plan was that the allocation of these beaches would be a temporary one
and that a consultation vote would be held at the same time as the local
elections. However, this is now proving difficult to administer at the time it was
proposed to take place.
In order for the consultation to happen, a technical report is required as well
as the legal report that has already been received. This technical report will
specify which sections of beach are valid and the environmental limitations
that must be imposed. Any consultation must then take place before 90 days
has elapsed. As there are now less than two months before the town council
elections this will not be possible.
In order to ensure that the consultationisn’t forgotten following the elections, it
is being put forward at a plenary session before the end of the current
council’s term of office. This is to try and guarantee that whichever party is
successful at the elections the consultation will be carried out as promised.
Other beaches that had been proposed included Carabineros cove and Cala
de los Trabajos.In the meantime, the prohibition of dogs on beaches in the
area is frequently ignored by local residents and dogs can often be seen on
the sand, particularly during the winter months.
If a public consultation does take place this will be the first time that one has
been held in the history of Torrevieja. It is to be hoped that when it does, it
resolves this long running dispute that has set residents against each other.

C.L.A.R.O. forms coalition to contest municipal elections

At press conference held on Friday in Orihuela Costa C.L.A.R.O. announced a new coalition
partnership formed to contest the 26th May municipal elections for the municipality of Orihuela.
The coalition will comprise C.L.A.R.O, the Cambiemos party – which has two councillors in the
present Town Hall – and Unidos Podemos. The three parties have agreed to form a coalition with
the aim of creating a new Orihuela government committed to sustainable development (no more
uncontrolled building without corresponding services and infrastructure), de-centralisation of its
administration with equal and proportionate investments, guaranteed rights to services, respect
for the environment and equal rights.
This basic platform corresponds to principles which C.L.A.R.O. has promoted and defended over
many years. In fact, C.L.A.R.O. has been working with Cambiemos over the last four years, in
particular on environmental issues such as saving Cala Mosca, the last green area on the coast
threatened with the construction of 1,500 new houses, as well as the need for proper parks and
gardens in Orihuela Costa.
Recently Cambiemos presented a motion at the Town Hall plenary meeting for the de-
centralisation of the administration and finances of the municipality. This initiative was supported
by C.L.A.R.O. and other coastal associations. However, predictably, this motion was defeated by
the present Popular Party-Ciudadanos government coalition.
As well as holding common local political aspirations, a strong basis for the coalition is to ensure
the by working together the parties will see their councillors gain places in the next council. By
joining forces they aim to counter the bias of the electoral system which penalises parties which
fail to reach a threshold of 5 percent of the total votes cast. In the 2015 elections C.L.A.R.O. gained
1,400 votes and so failed by 35 votes to elect a councillor. Similarly, Podemos with 900 votes also
failed.
However, looking towards this year’s election, together with Cambiemos – which narrowly failed to
elect a third councillor – C.L.A.R.O believes that it has a real opportunity to elect a strong group of
people which will be effective in changing the government of Orihuela, or will at least form part of
a strong opposition including dedicated councillors who will provide a voice for Orihuela Costa.
The top four on the coalition list will be: Carlos Bernabe (Cambiemos), Maria Garcia Sandoval
(Podemos), Javier Garcia (Cambiemos) and Helene Akermane (C.L.A.R.O).
Another positive factor is that C.L.A.R.O., with the agreement of Cambiemos and Podemos, has
offered one of its posts on the list of candidates to an independent representative – Mamen Lopez
Raya – of the newly formed and potentially important Agrupcacion de Electores or Citizens
Movement which has begun mobilising the Spanish population of Orihuela Costa. C.L.A.R.O hopes
that this will encourage supporters of this movement to vote for the new coalition and help
achieve votes in Orihuela Costa.
Best chance for the coast
Of course, an important consideration in achieving this aim will be to ensure that British voters,
whose right to vote has been confirmed, irrespective of the outcome of Brexit, participate actively
in the forthcoming election. British voters represent a considerable electoral force in Orihuela
Costa and it is hoped that they will show their appreciation of the generosity of the Spanish
government in ensuring the conditions for their continued residence in Spain by exercising their
right to vote and participate in decisions concerning their local area. Voting to get a voice for the
coast is the only way local residents can guarantee improvements in the issues they are concerned
about such as rubbish collection, cleaning, parks and gardens, sports and other community
facilities and services.
C.L.A.R.O. has always encouraged integration, uniting the various nationalities and communities
living in Orihuela Costa but also wants to see integration with the rest of the municipality.
C.L.A.R.O President, Helene Akermane said: “We believe the coalition will help to end the present
paralysis where Orihuela Cost has no voice in the government of Orihuela. This coalition has been
founded on the belief that the whole is greater than the sum of parts and together our parties can
ensure a change of government and make improvements where the present Popular Party-
Ciudadanos government has failed miserably to meet our needs here and elsewhere in the
municipality. The parties in the new coalition, together and with the support of voters, can ensure
a better future for Orihuela Costa and Orihuela.”

Laptops for Butterflies

Worshipful Brother Norman Barrall from Logia de las Salinas No. 79 presented Mary
Chambers with €2,000 for the Butterfly Children Charity which has bought two laptops for
the charity’s Head of Nursing and the Social Worker. This kind donation makes it possible
for the charity to continue helping the Butterfly Children and their families throughout
Spain.  DEBRA, the Butterfly Children Charity we would like to thank Logia de las Salinas No.
79 for this very generous donation and choosing to support this charity.

Compromis Orihuela puts back the focus on the accumulation of garbage in the Coast

Commit warning of the "uncontrolled proliferation of small improvised landfills" on the Coast. The
training has been echoed through complaints from many neighbors to what they consider "neglect"
of the municipal government.
The secretary of Compromís by Orihuela, Martin Borislavov, has publicly denounced "the lack of
control of the City Council while garbage increase year after year" in the coastal area. In addition, he
assured that "residents have to suffer the consequences of having a few meters from their homes
piles of garbage, remnants of pruning, abandoned furniture, etc.".
The local secretary of the Monica Oltra ensures that although the number of people on the coast
increases, services are still "insufficient", and also that "the accumulation of waste from pruning,
debris, furniture and all kinds of garbage has been aggravated, the result of the ineffectiveness of
the municipal government that already knows that there are some times of the year in which this is
a very serious problem in Orihuela Costa and even then, nothing has been done during the entire
legislature to remedy it " .
In this sense, Borislavov has also warned of the "danger posed in case of fire, to place these
accumulations of waste a few meters from homes" so he calls for "immediate actions before the
arrival of the hottest months."
"It is shameful that the inhabitants of Orihuela Costa have to live with these piles of garbage in our
environment and see that both the mayor of Environment, Miguel Ángel Fernández, and the
Councilor for Coordination of Services of the Coast, Luisa Boné Campillo, and the Councilor for Urban
Waste, Damaso Aparicio, have no intention of giving solutions, so both Popular Party and Citizens
have given up on studying any alternative, "said Secretary of Compromis.
Finally, Martin Borislavov has urged the City of Orihuela to conduct a feasibility study and
functionality of clean points to start up places where the population can dispossess free of charge
and safely waste. This, as noted, will be in the Compromís Orihuela program for the upcoming
municipal elections, as they believe the creation of "minimum an ecopark for Orihuela Costa".

ROJALES MURDER INVESTIGATION: ACCUSED TESTIFIES

The 49 year old Hungarian man, arrested in relation to the alleged murder of his 37 year old partner earlier this week, has appeared in court today (Thursday). The man and his partner are believed to have lived in Spain since September of last year, although not officially registered on the padrón.
The alleged murder took place on Monday when the woman’s body was found at the couple’s apartment in Ciudad Quesada. Authorities are awaiting the result of an autopsy to ascertain how the woman died. The body was discovered shortly after 9pm when the suspect phoned a friend who lives in the same urbanisation of ‘Pueblo Bravo’ to tell him what had happened.

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
shore.
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!”

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