Vera to sue Codeur ex-directors

Vera townhall has voted to sue the ex-directors of Codeur for incompetence. Codeur is the public utility company that runs the water system in Vera. It’s owned partially by Keymare (the builders that made such a mess of the coast round the water park) and mainly by the town of Vera. Anyway, Vera says the old directors (appointed by the Keymare shareholders) ran the company “for the benefit of the shareholders and not the greater Continue reading Vera to sue Codeur ex-directors

Inheritance tax changes for non-residents as from 2015

As from 2015, the Spanish law on inheritance and donations (ISD) will change to give non-residents the same rights as residents. The change came after Spain lost an EU court battle to apply a higher rate of tax on non-residents who died leaving assets in Spain. The EU court said that the ISD (Impuesto sobre Sucesiones y Donaciones) was discriminatory and against free movement in the EU. The ISD is one law across all of Continue reading Inheritance tax changes for non-residents as from 2015

Corvera airport opens April 2nd – if AENA gets 72 million compensation

Corvera will open on April 2nd, 2015 says the Region of Murcia minister for public development. Just in the time for the elections. If: the airport is certified by the Spanish navigation board; the control tower is licensed to open (can’t do that until the airport is certified); the airport operator is certified to run the place; the general opening license is issued; and if the EU authorises the aiport. The EU, by the way, has again Continue reading Corvera airport opens April 2nd – if AENA gets 72 million compensation

23 bogus gas inspectors arrested

The scam of the bogus gas inspector is well known. A couple of pushy chaps with clipboards turn up, insist your gas revision is necessary, force their way into your home, snip a couple of tubes and charge you an eye watering amount. Technically these sods aren’t doing anything illegal – if they don’t touch the main appliance they probably don’t even need a basic gas installers license. What they’re doing is charging over the Continue reading 23 bogus gas inspectors arrested

Fake paediatrician arrested in Vera health clinic

A paediatrician working for the Andalucian health service (SAS) in Vera has been arrested after his superiors discovered she had faked his medical qualifications and has since attempted suicide. D.R.C., born in Garrucha but raised elsewhere in Spain, returned to her home province some years ago and was accredited as a doctor by the SAS. She was assigned a post at Huercal Overa hospital, where she worked as a Resident doctor in the paediatrician ward, Continue reading Fake paediatrician arrested in Vera health clinic

Fisticuffs at Turre townhall meeting over corruption claims

You may remember that the new fuente in Turre has been mired in corruption claims, after the opposition said that number 2 in the townhall had got a very sweet deal out of it (read the whole thing here). Both opposition parties have the same story and are vehement in their critiques of the townhall. Juan Ángel (number 2 in the townhall and who planned the fountain) exchanged a bit of land for a lot Continue reading Fisticuffs at Turre townhall meeting over corruption claims

Mojácar presents new tourism video

The town of Mojácar has unveiled its new tourism video, designed to lure the unwary in. It’s called Mojácar: recuerdos inolvidables. (Unforgettable memories). The 4:13 video centres around some fatuous family in 2044 who seem to have done nothing interesting since 2014. When Dad gets drunk on the vino and starts to tell a bawdy story about the son, a family argument erupts which is quickly smoothed over by the daughter suggesting that they all Continue reading Mojácar presents new tourism video

OAP home in Vera goes bust, pensioners out on the street

Workers arriving at the Residencia Vera Paraiso home in Vera today were stunned to be told that the centre was bankrupt and would be closing today. Their last duty today was to call round family members to tell them to pick up their elderly relatives as the electricity would be switched off at midday. Vera Paraiso has been struggling to make ends meet for the last four years says employees, some of whom are owed Continue reading OAP home in Vera goes bust, pensioners out on the street

Short term lets to be regulated by Tourism Ministry from January onwards

Do you rent out your apartment or house for short periods and live in Andalucia? Well, as from January (if the decree is passed next week) you’ll be operating as a tourism business and will be expected to apply for permission and regulation from the Andalucian Ministry of Tourism. See, the tourism ministry of Andalucia is completely controlled by the Hotel industry, and they have been lobbying hard to prevent people from renting out their Continue reading Short term lets to be regulated by Tourism Ministry from January onwards

Two British homes demolished today in Cantoria

At one o’clock today, 18th November 2014, representatives of the regional government demolished the home of Frank and Janet Dole, in Las Terreras, a tiny hamlet in Cantoria in the Valley of Almanzora. Frank and Janet had purchased the property, one of four on a small development, in early 2005 from their promoter, Francisco Pedrosa Moreno, only to discover in late 2006 that the property was in fact illegal and that the promoter had been Continue reading Two British homes demolished today in Cantoria