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Costa council takes steps in the right direction

MARBELLA council has completed the linking of Arroyo Primero with a brand new stairway that connects Alfredo Palma with the Boulevard Pablo Raez. Councillor for Public Works, Javier Garcia, explained that one of the objectives of the project was to “integrate a public stairway into the landscape of the boulevard so that residents can make […]

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LICENCE TO KILL: Beach bars on Spain’s Costas face uncertain futures

TWELVE beach bars (chiringuitos) in Marbella are facing uncertain times after a central government order that their licences cannot be renewed. The bars affected are all along the beaches in the eastern part of the city, including Alicante, Costabella, Real de Zaragoza, La Vibora, El Realejo, and Rio Verde. The government says that the beach […]

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New Costa hospital receives €9 million of funding and nears completion

ESTEPONA council has already paid €9 million towards the construction of the state-of-the-art hospital in the west of the town, which has a budget of €15 million. This week the council paid its latest instalment of €1.3 million, which will cover the purchase of sanitary equipment. So far, the foundation and structure of the building […]

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Aid for those who need it most in Costa Blanca municipality

SAN VICENTE del Raspeig Council has announced that it plans to allocate €150,000 towards paying housing costs for disadvantaged families in the municipality. According to reports, a total of 1,250 people will be able to benefit from the maximum subsidy of €120 that aims to cover electricity, water and gas bills.  In addition, it can […]

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RESERVED: No action yet on Benidorm’s early-morning beach pitches

UNLIKE their almost municipal neighbours 25 kilometres along the coast – Calpe – Benidorm is still reluctant to act against a growing number of people who are leaving empty sun loungers and beach umbrellas along the shoreline. Some have been known to reserve their pitch before sunrise, allowing them a first-class spot on the busy […]

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Benidorm… it’s not British – and it’s official!

THE number of UK citizens actually living full time in Benidorm has been steadily falling over the past ten years. The idea that Benidorm is purely a British-dominated municipality cannot be further from the truth, as recent figures show that of the 66,000 registered on the local Padron, only 2,825 are from the UK.  This […]

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Safer beaches promised by Costa del Sol council

MARBELLA COUNCIL is updating its beach surveillance points, adding 15 new ones along the coast and all will, for the first time, be equipped with public address systems. Councillor Manuel Cardeña said that this was an important initiative needed to safeguard those using the beaches and ensuring that rescue and lifeguard services will increase their […]

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Costa Blanca council contributes to child cancer association

THE mayor of l’Alfas del Pi, Vicente Arques, met with José Bernardo García, vice president of ASPANION, the Association of Parents of Children with Cancer, and with Alejandro García, provincial coordinator. They agreed to renew a contract for the third year running which guarantees a donation of €3,000 to the Association which acts to try […]

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Council warning as jellyfish return in droves to the Costa del Sol

THE Manilva Council has issued a warning to bathers that there are large numbers of jellyfish back along the shores of Malaga Province. Action is currently being taken to trawl the waters off the coast of Manilva in order to keep the beaches and swimming areas as safe as possible. Anyone entering the water is […]

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TAXI STRIKE UPDATE: Better news for Benidorm

AFTER receiving a request from the Benidorm Council, striking taxi drivers have agreed in principle to review their indefinite strike policy in order to try to protect the long-term interests of the city. The council argued that there would be long-term damage to the essential tourist industry if visitors were unable to get to and […]

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Costa Blanca gets a taste of the future with robotics and programming course

FOR the past two weeks, a number of young people in l’Alfas del Pi have been taking part in child robotics course at the Centre of Occupational Training (CFO) in the town. Organised by the council, the course was put into place in order to give the youngsters an opportunity learn technology in a fun […]

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Costa Blanca locals to benefit from council surplus

ELCHE’S City Council will be allocating €4.3 million to improve access roads, street lighting and sport area in the municipality. In announcing the policy, Mayor Carlos Gonzalez paid tribute to the new PSOE Government of Pedro Sanchez to allow extra investment in such projects rather that to pay off debt from the 2017 budget surplus […]

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Council seeks solution to Costa del Sol prostitution problem

FUENGIROLA COUNCIL is taking action against prostitution in the town. Although there are already regulations in place on the issue, these are being developed to combine both laws and punishments in the same document. The legislation will state: “It is not allowed to solicit, negotiate or accept, directly or indirectly, paid sexual services in spaces, […]

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Impact of street vendors becoming a “critical” situation

THE issue of illegal street vendors along the Costa del Sol is in the spotlight again after the Association of Merchants and Entrepreneurs of Benalmadena (ACEB) described the situation as “critical.” The president of the group, Rosa Maria Gonzalez Rubia, said that this year the problem is much greater, “with continuous complaints from traders and […]

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Mijas Council proposes new hospital location

MIJAS COUNCIL has submitted a proposal to the Junta de Andalucia about its preferred location for the new hospital. While little progress has been made on overall plans, one of the few certainties was that the hospital would be based in Las Lagunas. According to local reports, the council has presented a recommendation that the site […]

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Costa del Sol town flies the flag for brilliant beaches

ESTEPONA has received four blue flag awards this year in recognition of the pristine state of its beaches and the quality of services provided for them. The beaches El Cristo, El Padron, La Rada and Arroyo Vaquero have gained the certification from the Association of Environmental and Consumer Education (ADEAC). It is a fitting reward […]

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Estepona Council launches public request campaign

ESTEPONA COUNCIL has launched the campaign “12 Months 12 Neighbourhoods” in order to collect requests and suggestions directly from residents, and take immediate action. The scheme will see a travelling tent visiting the various areas as public officials focus efforts on one area at a time. However, they are keen to stress that this will […]

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Half a million euros wasted in Benidorm by city council

BENIDORM CITY COUNCIL has faced criticism over three buildings which it spent hundreds of thousands of euros restoring, which are now either not in use or being demolished. Between 2010 and 2015, the council spent nearly €500,000 refurbishing public spaces such as the Vivero de Empresas in the old Leonor Canalejas houses, an office on […]

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Council announces dedicated family meeting point

ORIHUELA Councillor Sabina Galindo has announced that the municipality will finally have their own ‘family meeting point’. The initiative follows approval given by the provincial department of equality in Alicante following a petition made by the Orihuela council, and will enable families to meet a little closer to where they live.  Currently, those affected need […]