Javea Grapevine Issue No. 170 - 2014 - Page 95

cumulated drop of over 50 percent since 2006…Statistics show that the hotel and restaurant industries are continuing to do well despite the domestic drop in spending, thanks to foreign receipts. According to Ministry figures, foreign tourists spent a record €14.9 billion between January and April of this year, a 11.2% rise from the same period in 2013. El Pais in English Port project starts after Summer The long-awaited project to re-arrange parking along Avda Jaime I and extend pavements in the Port will now begin after the summer. The contract for the works was awarded in January, to have begun after Easter. But because of several changes to the contract before the works began, the Town hall was forced by law to cancel and re-award it. From XAD: El derribo.. (Eds note: The project was one of the 2013 Citizen Participatory budget projects.) First step to link Montanyar with Calle Genoa The abandoned Villa Sarita on the Montanar sea front will be demolished over the coming weeks to make way for a road to link the coast road with Calle Génova. Before demolition, Xàbia’s archaeologist will carry out a survey to document the house and the tosca stone arches will be conserved. The cost to the municipal coffers of purchasing the house and its land was some €500,000, while demolition will cost 50,000. The resulting dirt road will enable temporary access, at least for pedestrians over the summer, and after the season a further €200,000 will be spent to build a proper asphalt road with pavements etc. Residents have also asked if it is possible to open pedestrian access to the sea accross a bank-owned building plot near Calle Naples. From XAD: El derribo.... The Grapevine Issue 170 2014| 95 | Moves to supply desalination water to the south of the region Xàbia’s Mayor Chulvi and CEO of Amjasa have held a meeting with the mayors of Benitachell, Teulada, Benissa and Calpe to look into developing a common network infrstructure of pipes and tanks so that water for Xàbia’s desalination plant can be used by towns in the south of the region. Currenty, Xàbia already supplies Benitatxell, Teulada and Gata and the Denia network is only 400m away. The problem is connections with Benissa and Calpe. There is enough capacity in the plant, the problem is distribution. From XAD: Xàbia ofrece.... Fires have destroyed twice as much forest as last year Forest fires in the Comunidad Valenciana destroyed 1003 hectares in the first five months of the year, almost double the area over the same period last year (524ha). The reasons are complex, but the amount of inflammable brush and dry conditions with abandoned agricultural land, bad