Soltalk May 2017 - Page 13

Nerja’s Burriana bars set for summer Nerja has extended the catering concessions on playa Burriana for the eighth time. In November, the town hall announced that the licences would not be renewed automatically and that an inventory of all the facilities would be made before any decision was taken. However, it now appears that this project has not been completed and long-term decisions on the future of the concessions has been delayed until the autumn. The six establishments concerned - Moreno, José Cruz, Montemar, La Barca, Playa y Sol and Ayo - can therefore continue working as normal throughout this year’s peak summer period. The concessions were last awarded in 2000 when ten-year contracts were signed. When these expired in 2010, they were all automatically renewed on an annual basis by the previous Partido Popular administration at Nerja Town Hall. However in June last year, the new tri- partite group, which had won the municipal election a month earlier, extended the existing concessions for a year to June 30, 2017, and surprised the owners by announcing that concessions on a number of them will not be He noted that the leaking pipe dated from the 1970s and was therefore almost 50 years old, adding that the work would be completed as quickly as possible, but is subject to sea conditions. The councillor added that the regional Costas department had been kept in touch with developments, as had the Ministries of Environment and Health. After the rupture in the pipeline became evident in late March, an inspection found two fractures. The 1,600 metre pipeline dumps untreated sewage further out to sea but the 11 Nerja’s calle Diputación is now closed to traffic between 5.00pm and 3.00am. The annual summer restriction began earlier than usual last month and will remain in place until October 31. It allows restaurants to use the street for outdoor diners, and enables a popular craft market to be held there every evening. More dumping Playa y Sol, Burriana beach automatically renewed thereafter. Irregularities were alleged, including a lack of opening licence, accessibility problems, a range of major and minor defects and the absence of an updated inventory, and the situation was described by the town hall as “very serious.” Each restaurant reportedly pays between €80,000 and €120,000 a year to the town hall for the operating concession. The business owners have since reacted angrily to the allegations, describing them as misleading and inaccurate. They say they are also waiting to receive details of the terms and conditions set by the town hall for the next round of concession applications. Nerja’s leaking pipe is replaced Work began last month on repairing the underwater sewage pipe which has been leaking untreated waste into the sea at the western end of Nerja. Infrastructure councillor José María Rivas confirmed that Obras Hidráulicas Marítimas S.L. had been awarded the contract to install a replacement pipeline. Summer closure NEWS leaks, 300 metres offshore from the mouth of the Chillar river, have caused considerable social alarm in the town. Water upgrade Rincón de la Victoria is spending over €31,000 on upgrading 100 metres of water supply pipes in avenida del Mediterráneo. The town hall said the stretch between Hotel Elimar and the Pajaritos arroyo was in a “poor state.” It added that, as a result, there have been reports of a number of leaks which have been damaging pavements in the area. New vehicles Nerja Town Hall is to acquire four new municipal vehicles at a total cost of almost €169,000. The local police force will have three new 4x4 patrols, which each have a price tag of €22,836. The cleansing department, meanwhile, will take delivery of a compact street sweeper which costs €100,300. While an unregulated dump near Nerja remains under investigation, a country road has been closed by a pile of rubble. The only access to Barranco del Viejo on the Frigiliana border was blocked by large boulders in an area reported to have been used for illegal disposal of building waste for a decade. The town hall say the prosecutor and the police have been advised. Illegal meds A Turkish national arriving at Málaga’s airport from Istanbul has been detained after steroids, anabolics and hormones were found in his luggage. They are thought to have been intended for distribution to weight- lifters in Spain. The passenger did not have the required documentation to import the medications, some of which are illegal in this country. F ake goods Four people have been detained for selling fake goods in Torrox. Police stopped them on the paseo marítimo Ferrera and found 320 items, including sports shoes and handbags, which bore famous brand names but were not genuine. The suspects have been charged with an offence against industrial property. Flight disrupted A Ryanair flight from Fuerteventura to Pisa in Italy was diverted to Málaga last month to offload a disruptive passenger. The airline said the individual had been guilty of “unacceptable behaviour” for which it operates a zero tolerance policy. One person was detained by police at the airport before the flight resumed. Year round The visitor centre at the Roman remains in Torrox Costa is now open all year round. In addition, two specialised guides are in attendance during the summer months to offer information and assistance. The centre opened for half the year starting in May 2015 and ran a pilot scheme last year which, according to the town’s councillor for culture, Mari Ángeles Ruiz, increased visitor numbers. ISSUE 188