Almeria’s Mayor protests Junta’s footdragging over 14 year townhall reform…

The Mayor of Almería has hung out huge banners protesting at the Junta’s refusal to continue the reform of his townhall, which started in 2000. That’s right – almost 14 years ago, the Junta started works to reform the old building in Almería city. They finished the first phase, and then the money for the second phase never turned up, so the builders refused to continue. Luis Rogelio Rodríguez-Comendador, Mayor of Almería, used a Spanish Continue reading Almeria’s Mayor protests Junta’s footdragging over 14 year townhall reform…

Macael townhall has an illegal electric connection

Turns out Macael townhall has spent the last five years being illegally connected to the electric network – the electric company has just found out and denounced them. The Mayor of Macael explains that after a reform of the townhall five years ago, the electricians connected the new part of the building back to the network without bothering to go through the meter. So the main meter was only supplying a small part of the townhall, Continue reading Macael townhall has an illegal electric connection

Almeria, stray cats and the petition to “stop the slaughter”…. not quite what it seems?

You’ll have read in the English language press (assuming you buy the Costa Almeria, and you live on the coast near a bar where they drop off the Euroweekly) that PAWS has joined a petition to “stop the slaughter” of cats in Almeria city. On its webpage PAWS says it has been contacted by some people who claim “The  Ayuntamiento has already begun rounding up the helpless animals and is separating kittens from their mothers.” There is also Continue reading Almeria, stray cats and the petition to “stop the slaughter”…. not quite what it seems?

Turre presents projects to revamp the public fountain – vote now!

Turre has presented three candidate projects for the “Fuente Morisco” revamp, and is asking residents to vote on their favourite project before signing a contract. The three projects are all radically different, and have been designed by local architects. 3D video of this project available on Youtube. 3D video of this project available on YouTube. The Fuente Morisco is the abandoned and boarded up bit of land behind the cultural centre in Turre, it’s where Continue reading Turre presents projects to revamp the public fountain – vote now!

An examination and explanation of the “noise laws” in Andalusia

This article is an examination and explanation of the laws governing noise pollution, generation and control in Spain, with special attention to the region of Andalusia. It explains the regulations all business owners need to know, with special attention to bars, restaurants, discos and entertainment venues. It also affects private people, and explains how you can successfully complain about that noisy neighbour or noisy business! This article has been updated November 2013. An overview of Continue reading An examination and explanation of the “noise laws” in Andalusia

HOW many people work for Mojacar townhall?

HOW MANY? You have to be kidding me…. I just came across the 2013 budget for Mojacar (total income €11.266.547,08, total expenditure €11.266.547,08, which is nice and neat). It has the list of positions the townhall has… 135 funcionarios (these are the people who can’t be fired), of which 13 are part time. Plus a further 132 assorted jobs elsewhere throughout the village. That means, that a village with just 8.173 people in the 2012 Continue reading HOW many people work for Mojacar townhall?

Why is nobody contesting the Mojacar music ban? You still have time!

I was interested to note the fuss over the Mojacar noise ban this weekend on facebook (see Lenox Napier and others, mainly on Facebook). So I tried to find a copy of the new “law”, the Ordenanza Municipal Reguladora de Determinadas Actividades de Ocio en el Término Municipal de Mojácar. And I couldn’t. Because, as I understand it, so far, it hasn’t passed into law. Instead, on the 8th of March, the Mojacar townhall voted Continue reading Why is nobody contesting the Mojacar music ban? You still have time!

No salaries for Turre workers this month

Employees of Turre townhall were informed this evening that they won’t be getting paid this month. It seems that the mayor (Arturo Grima, PP) has a choice between paying the salaries, or paying off the interest the town owes Santander bank, according to Councillor Martin Morales (IU). And if he chooses to pay his workers, Santander can lodge criminal proceedings against him, because he had cash in the bank and owed the bankers money. So, Continue reading No salaries for Turre workers this month

Mojacar -grudgingly- starts to film its council meetings

Mojacar has been denounced many times recently over the Mayor’s refusal to allow anyone to film it’s plenary sessions in the townhall. It seems Rosmari doesn’t like to be filmed.An active opposition group has been setup to demand that video recordings be allowed (it’s legal under the law), and Oscar Gagliardi has been ejected four times for trying to smuggle in a video camara. Anyway, Rosmari has now issued what must be the grumpiest press Continue reading Mojacar -grudgingly- starts to film its council meetings

Unemployed to be conscripted into wildfire recovery teams

The government has come up with a cunning plan to get those unemployed slackers off their sofas and back to work: They’re going to conscript them into wildfire recovery teams. El Gobierno tira de los parados para luchar contra el fuego http://t.co/bnAU7fWb — Público (@publico_es) September 7, 2012 Since we don’t have any industry, any work or any futures, the government thinks the huge swath (hovering about 40% in Almeria) of unemployed may as well Continue reading Unemployed to be conscripted into wildfire recovery teams