Ángel García, who used to be PSOE mayor of Arboleas, has been barred from holding public office for the next four years after he was found guilty of manipulating public documents to build a swimming pool in his house. His house was next to a green zone, upon which building is not permitted. Ignoring this petty little rule, Ángel went ahead and convinced the townhall to sell off this green land – although this is Continue reading Arboleas ex-mayor barred from public office for building a swimming pool
One of the mysteries of modern life in Spain was how Arboleas “only” had 1.320 homes. I mean, there are urbanisations out there with more than that, so why weren’t they accounted for? Well, the Mayor, possibly because he spotted an extra source of income, appointed someone to update the official catastro, and the report has come back. The chap went round counting them all, and found an extra 1953 homes nobody knew existed. So Continue reading Arboleas finds 2000 missing homes
The Department of Health (sanidad) has issued a unified declaration of potability for the water of Galasa across the Levante. It comes after an extensive period of government testing of water at 83 urban centres across Carboneras, Mojácar, Turre, Antas, Arboleas, Cuevas del Almanzora, Garrucha, Huércal-Overa, Los Gallardos, Pulpí, Zurgena & Bédar.
A gang of youth preying on OAP’s, mainly elderly women in Vera and Cuevas, have been arrested. Five men ageing from between 16 to 31 have been arrested by the Guardia Civil, living in Arboleas and Zurgena. They would travel down to Cuevas or Vera to either mug OAP’s, or snatch their bags. The group of youths seemed to be controlled by gang leader BMM, a local man from Zurgena, who would order the snatches Continue reading Local gang preying on OAP’s nabbed
Work has finally started on the last bit of the new Arboleas sewage treatment plant, the water purifying plant. The plant is being built in the “Los Torres” area, and joins the rest of the infrastructure in Los Carrascos and Limaría. Meanwhile, down in the Levante, they still haven’t fixed the sewage plants in Antas or Alfaix which were washed out to sea in the floods, or improve the Garrucha one that services Mojacar and Continue reading Work starts on new Arboleas sewage treatment plant
A press release reaches me from a Steve Parkinson, local resident, letting me know that two new forums for Arboleas and Albox have been setup. I don’t “do” local forums as they depress me and then I go and drink too much in order to forget, but it’s nice to see the local expat community joining together. The addresses: http://www.arboleas.almeriaforums.com/ and http://www.almeriaforums.com/albox/forum/ Steve tells me: My ethos for the forum is: Forum rules Be warned that we Continue reading New forums for Arboleas and Albox villages have been launched
In 1998 there were about 100,000 foreigners living in Andalucía. By 2012, this had jumped to 750,000, or 8,8% of the population here. Quite a few forasteros. 6 towns in Andalucía have more than 50% of foreigners resident on the padron. Of these, 5 are in Almeria: Arboleas (68,4%), Partaloa (62,4%) Mojácar (61,5%), Los Gallardos and Bedar. The first two are dumps, the third a fascist run right wing penal colony, the fourth a nice place to live Continue reading 6 towns in Andalucia are 50% foreign. 5 of those are in Almeria!
The ONCE first prize went to tickets sold in Zurgena and Arboleas, distributing 17 million euros across the two towns. One lucky first prize winner got 15 million euros in cash plus 6,000€ a month for the next 25 years, in the annual ONCE Mother’s Day lottery. Less, of course, the 35% government tax on such matters. Juan Fernandez (chap in the photo) was the bloke who sold the tickets. A further nine people won Continue reading 17 million lottery prize goes to Zurgena and Arboleas
The Guardia have charged two local men and a British man with the violent robbery of two British pensioners at their home in Arboleas last November. A 20 year old British man BPD and two other local men have been charged with breaking into the pensioners home and attacking them. Both needed hospital attention after the fearsome nighttime attack. The crooks made off with just 260€ in cash, a mobile phone and some bank cards. Continue reading Violent robbers of British pensioners in Arboleas caught (one was British, two Spanish)
“Recinto Ferial Los Llanos” in Albox, a 6,000 square meter outdoors marketplace, is now open for business and is getting some rave reviews in the press. It’s run by local businessman Pedro Maria Soto, from “Almeria Estates”. (Previous post: http://www.davidjackson.info/2011/large-outdoor-shopping-centre-in-arboleas-to-open-soon.htm)