The new 2015 Budget for Andalucia stipulates that the Llano Central must be approved early next year, and contains a budget allocation for the paperwork to be drawn up and approved. What’s the Llano Central? Well, it’s a plan that contemplates the building of three golf courses (minimum – sic), 7,000 hotel rooms, xx,xxx new homes and apartments and much more in the vast, wind swept area between Turre, Los Gallardos, Vera and Garrucha, known Continue reading Llano Central will be approved in 2015
Candido Trabálon, who used to be Mayor of Zurgena and is currently the councillor for public works in a coalition government is in court today on trial for permitting the construction of eight massive apartment blocks containing 202 illegal homes. Oh, and two swimming pools. He is accused of issuing a building permit on non-urban lands. The Public Prosecutor wants 21 months of jail (under two years, he won’t go) and eight years suspension from Continue reading Ex-Mayor of Zurgena in court over 202 illegal homes
Puertos de España, the public company that owns and operates Spanish lighthouses, has proposed 9 lighthouses across Almería province for conversion into hotels. It’s part of a project setup by the company to change the use of some of its historic lighthouses in order to save the buildings. Adra, Punta de Los Baños, El Sabinal, Roquetas de Mar, Castillo de San Telmo, Cabo de Gata, La Polacra, Mesa Roldán and Garrucha lighthouses have all been Continue reading 9 lighthouses across Almería mooted for hotel use
For years there has been a secret programme to manipulate the weather in Almeria, according to a newly formed farmers association setup to “uncover this meteorological terrorism”. The Asociación en Defensa de la Salud y el Medio Ambiente y contra los Sistemas Quitalluvias de Almería (Avial) says that several large insurance companies have for years been seeding clouds across Almeria and Murcia to make it rain elsewhere, thus avoiding hailstorms and floods in the province Continue reading Secret weather manipulation in Almeria denounced
Anyone interested in going out into the mountains and picking their own mushrooms will need to know this years rules, published yesterday by the regional Ministry of the Environment. You can only collect fungi for your own consumption, up to a daily limit of 5kg. No permit or authorisation is needed, and collection is free if you are in public lands (obviously you can’t go onto private property). You are not allowed to use any Continue reading 5kg limit for mushroom collectors across province
Got a non resident bank account? If you do, you MUST ensure your bank has a digital copy of your ID before the 15th of December, or your account will be suspended, meaning your bills will bounce and no transactions will take place. Depending on the bank, utility bills and standing direct debits will probably continue to be honoured, but you won’t be able to transfer cash out of the account. The warning comes as Continue reading Non residents MUST update their ID before 15th of December
In case you’re wondering why, despite being able to tap into the private phone conversation of any world leader, the GCHQ lot didn’t spot the 2 billion euro bill being planned for the UK… It’s because they were too busy kicking off the Gloucestershire Poppy Appeal. Cute. I hope they left at least one person manning the phones whilst doing this!
Mojacar residents suffer the highest tax burden in the province, according to the latest tax data released by the Ministerio de Hacienda. The data reveals that the average Mojacar resident in 2013 had to pay the townhall €1.240,40 a year in direct taxes (impuestos directos). The next highest village, Turillas, levies just €844 per head a year. Almeria city residents pay just €451.55, for example. The breakdown shows why: Mojacar had (for 2013) an income Continue reading Mojacar residents suffer highest tax burden in province
The company behind the popular Almeria airport – Mojacar shuttle bus has announced it’s launching a new Alicante – Mojacar area shuttle this Monday 27th October. “Exclusive Airport Shuttles” explains: This is a daily service for flights arriving between 09.30am and 11.45am, or flights departing 10:30 am onwards. The bus departs Alicante airport at 12.30pm or before if all passengers have arrived. Ask driver for departure time on the day of arrival. When you arrive Continue reading Alicante airport – Mojacar shuttle bus starts
The producers of “Game of Thrones”, currently filming across Andalucia, told La Vanguardia newspaper they were “disgusted” with the attitude of the Spanish authorities and that they had no intention of returning to film again in Spain. Peter Welton of Fresco Films, the production company, told the newspaper that the Andalucian authorities were “arrogant”, that they seem to think that they have exclusive use of the sun and that’s enough… when in reality today we Continue reading Game of Thrones producers say they’re never coming back to Spain!