Soltalk 2018 September 2017 - Page 12

News Beach demo A Barcelona beach was invaded by around 200 protestors last month demanding the abolishment of holiday rental apartments. They paraded banners in English with slogans including, “This is not a beach resort,” in front of bemused sun bathers. The local pressure group is calling for an end to property speculation and the privatisation of public spaces. Fire demand The provincial government has again been urged to open Nerja’s new fire station. Socialists at the town hall last month criticised political arguments which are delaying the inauguration of the facility. The €1.2 million construction is reported to be almost complete but fire crews presently remain working out of a temporary base in the town. Council capers The Partido Popular in Nerja is reported to be pressing Ciudadanos councillors to support a motion of censure against the town’s present tri-partite administration. Such a move could see the PP return to power in the municipality. In this case, former PP mayor José Alberto Armijo has agreed to stand aside to allow the party’s municipal spokesperson, Gema García, to become Nerja’s first citizen. Ave licence Rail infrastructure body Adif has licensed the services of maintaining the power lines for the new high-speed rail line to Granada. The five-year contract has been valued at over €4 million. The work includes all aspects of supplying energy to trains on the 124 kilometre stretch including lighting in tunnels and all safety measures and checks. Early arrival A 18-year-old Irish tourist gave birth in her Nerja hotel room last month. Her partner advised reception that her waters had broken and help was summoned from the town’s health centre. But it all happened before an ambulance arrived, and the healthy baby girl was delivered by the father with help from staff at the Balcón de Europa Hotel. Madrid responds to Nerja’s plant problem The Environment Ministry has suggested two options to get Nerja’s water treatment plant completed. Progress on construction has been at a standstill since the main contractor involved filed for voluntary bankruptcy at the end of March. Work began in 2014 with a 30-month duration expected, but now, while the plant itself is reported to be 96 per cent complete, the supporting infrastructure is far from ready. Collector pipes have still to be installed beneath some town centre streets and a pumping station planned for the Burriana beach area is barely started. Also, a secondary project additional to the original plans is outstanding to connect eight additional collection points to the network of pipes. This will add €2.2 million to the initial cost of €23.4 million. Since Isolux Corsán got into financial difficulties with debts of more than €1,600 million, Nerja’s Town Hall has made various approaches to the Environment Ministry to find out what happens next. The Ministry has now responded with two options: either find a company willing to accept an administrative assignment to complete the project, or terminate the existing contract with Isolux Corsán and put the remaining work out to tender. The Ministry says it is holding regular meetings in order to implement the most viable alternative in the shortest time possible although it recognises that a solution may not be in place until the end of the year. Málaga plans new luxury marina Málaga’s Port Authority is planning to create 40 moorings for large private yachts in the basin between Piers One and Two. It says owners of the vessels of up to 100 metres in length are increasingly choosing Málaga as a stopping off point for maintenance, supplies and fuel. It adds they are attracted by the port, its security and its competitive prices, as well as by visiting the city of Málaga. Border attack Although details are not finalised, reports suggest that the Mellila ferries will be moved to Pier Three and the under-used Pier Four, allowing the creation of a new marina specifically designed for private vessels. A major attack by around 250 people on the border between Morocco and Ceuta was successfully repelled last month by Moroccan security forces. Spanish National Police and Guardia Civil officers were not required in efforts to stop them reaching Spanish soil. Morocco is also reported to have detained “hundreds” of would-be immigrants who have settled in villages and countryside close to the border. A report commissioned from the Hydraulic Engineering Department at Granada University has recommended a design of mooring which can absorb the energy in the movement of water, which will decrease the rocking motion of yachts in the harbour. The alterations planned are also being designed not to interfere with the 10 cruise liner traffic moving in and out of the port. The Port Authority is also planning a new luxury yacht club, complete with heliport, for the owners and crews of moored vessels. It is planned to occupy the site where the Casa de Botes presently stands. The cost of the project is estimated at over €50 million but the Authority says there has already been interest expressed by Spanish and American investors. Many are reported to have been impressed by the port’s proximity to Málaga’s airport, just a 25 minute drive away, and to the luxury resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banùs. Home brew Heineken is to open a 450-seat restaurant in Málaga’s Soho district. The Spanish arm of the Dutch multinational says that, as well as serving food and drinks, it plans to operate a micro-brewery on the 1,200 square metre site. The project is expected to create six jobs when it opens later in the year.