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Fire-fighters battle ‘bazaar’ blaze

A team of more than 15 fire-fighters battled a blaze that engulfed a Chinese ‘bazaar’ store in La Zenia, beside popular shopping mall Zenia Boulevard. Teams spent hours trying to keep the inferno under control on Thursday evening at the popular shop. Sources believe the fire started on the roof of the building, the cause of which is not yet known.
Eight units of the fire brigade were dispatched to the scene from Orihuela, Torrevieja and Almoradí with Policia Local and Guardia Civil also in attendance. Five people were evacuated from inside the store and taken to safety while emergency crews battled to keep the flames from reaching nearby homes and businesses.
No one was injured in the blaze, which took place at Oriental Market on Calle Jade in La Zenia. However, a significant amount of damage was done to the building and contents. With smoke visible for several kilometres around, there were fears at one point about having to evacuate Zenia Boulevard but luckily this was not necessary.
According to sources at the scene, there were several boxes of polystyrene on the roof of the building which could have accelerated the fire. Due to the intensity of the flames within the building, the temperature inside was extremely high, prompting fire crews to use a technique called a penetration lance, in which jets of water are guided through a hole in the wall in order to cool the building’s interior.
The blaze was finally thoroughly extinguished at around midnight on Thursday.

Sunday shop opening slashed

The Valencian Parliament has recently approved a modification to the Commerce Law which
limits the opening on Sundays and fiesta days in places classed as “Tourist Influx Zones
(ZGAT)” to 40 per year. In the Vega Baja this directly affects shopping centres in Orihuela
Costa, Torrevieja and Pilar de la Horadada, which until now could open every Sunday of the
They will now have just 40 of these days between the Sundays and fiesta days at Easter and
between 15th June and the first Sunday in January, when the sales start. As a result,
commercial centres like Zenia Boulevard and Habaneras will have limited opening on
Sundays and fiesta days between February and June. It is expected that big stores will have
to close in this way from Sunday, 25 th February 2018.
It should be noted that small businesses can still open every day of the year.
The modification to the law was promoted by the Socialist (PSOE) and Compromís parties,
and allowed to pass with the abstentions of Podemos and Ciudadanos, and was voted
against by the Partido Popular (PP).
Valencia Councillor for Commerce Rafael Climent said he was pleased to have approved this
agreement that was reached by an observatory of business and workers organisations in
"We have put an end to more than 25 years of controversy over the opening of shops on
weekends and fiestas and now at last we can concentrate on the problems of this sector
which is deeply rooted and fundamental to our economy," he said.

Children’s charity concert success

Around €2,500 was raised for the Butterfly Children Charity, DEBRA, when Melody
Makers International and the Orihuela Costa Male Voice Choir joined forces in a concert,
at the Orihuela Costa Resort Hotel, La Zenia recently. It was a case of standing room
only, with the "House Full" sign, prominently on display as the good people of the Costa
Blanca once again gave their full support to the event.
Two audiences, at 2pm and 8pm, were both royally entertained with a musical mix from
the pen of Sigmund Romberg, Irving Berlin, Franz Lehar, Puccini and a splendid
arrangement by Brymer of Freddy Mercury's "Bohemian Rhapsody". Special mention
perhaps in this mixed bag of wonderful music would be to Rebecca Holt with the Barry
and Robin Gibb classic, "A Woman in Love", "The Grand March" from Aida, and by the
full company, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". Classic songs from "White Horse Inn",
"The Merry Widow" and "Les Miserables" kept Saturday's audiences well entertained.
No concert by Nigel Hopkins would be complete without Jane Atkinson and Eric Berg,
taking to the stage. This year was no exception, with the dynamic duo becoming "A
Couple of Swells" from Easter Parade.
Director Nigel Hopkins was delighted to let Saturday's audiences know, that in 10 years
of bringing shows like this concert to the Costa Blanca, a total of Fifty thousand euros
has been raised and presented to local charities and so the the standing ovation given to
this Saturday's "Choral Spectacular" was even more well deserved.
The Butterfly Children Charity, DEBRA would like to thank Nigel and Pauline Hopkins and
the Melody Makers International for choosing to support the charity once again and the
audience who gave so generously to the cause, their interest in the charity is hugely
appreciated. “They truly give us wings!”

Residents protest over neglected Costa

Local residents and business owners from Orihuela Costa met on Friday to protest over the
neglect of the Costa by the municipal government in favour of Orihuela City and parishes.
The main bones of contention were the disproportionate allocation of budgets, particularly
the funds raised from the sale of land on the coast, the majority of which will not be spent
here. The on-going issues with rubbish and garden waste collection were also high on the list.
As was lack of maintenance and cleaning of parks and green areas, replacing of the bus stop
removed from La Zenia, completion of the Emergency Centre in Orihuela Costa, suppression
of the AP7 toll and more parking areas to replace the ones ‘stolen’ from residents from the
Villamartin road.
The demonstration was organised by Movimiento Cuidadano La Zenia (La Zenia Citizens
Movement) and was attended by around 100 people and called for a ‘A Fair Budget for
Association President Félix Arenas addressed the crowd and claimed that the Town Hall
collects more than it invests in the coast. He noted that on the group's Facebook page they
have more than 2,000 followers and most send photos of the deplorable state of the area.
The residents are sick of hearing the same promises, some even repeated word for word by
politicians in response to their complaints, he added.
Cuidadano claims the Coast receives an unfair, almost nonexistent share of the budget and
there is no transparency when it comes to replying to letters and complaints from individuals.
After the speech outside, the crowd moved inside the Town Hall and continued the
The protest came hot on the heels of the reaction from The Federation of Orihuela Costa
Associations (FAOC), which has called the 2017 budget produced by Orihuela Town Hall “a
fiasco for the way it fails to respond to residents’ needs”.
They criticise that the coast continues “to suffer an important lack of police officers and street
vendors continue to run rampant, which offers a deplorable image”.
The Federation said they were “really disappointed” that services like rubbish collection and
street cleaning “will keep going from bad to worse because they have been assigned so little
money”, and said the budget for beaches is “totally insufficient”.
They also complained that there was nothing in the budget for the Multi Cultural centre,
“which has been announced so many times”, and nor is there anything to reinforce the staff at
the Centro de Participación Ciudadana (Citizens Participation Centre).
The FAOC concluded by reminding that “all these deficiencies, which have not been resolved
since so long ago that we cannot even remember, were presented to the mayor in September
last year during the Participative Budget campaign. Now it is clear that was all merely just a
marketing campaign”.

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