Vera – Cartagena toll road goes bankrupt and will be nationalised

The company behind the Vera – Cartagena toll road will be wound up and the road be nationalised, the state government has announced today. OK, the company itself went bankrupt a few years ago, but today any hope of rescue has been abandoned and the company will be closed down. In all, eight bankrupt toll roads across the country will be nationalised. In all, these roads owe the banks more than €3.4 billion. The state Continue reading

United in support of the Priors

A demonstration in support of Helen and Len Prior took place in Vera, Almeria in 30+ degree heat on Thursday 19th May. Organised by AUAN, the gathering was supported by other associations such as SOHA who came in a bus from Malaga. The gathering of around 150 people was notable for its civility and the participation of a number of elderly Britons of advanced age. Some of the protestors were more than 70 years, similar Continue reading

Demonstration of expat home-owners in Vera

The British home owners association AUAN has informed the Spanish authorities of its intention to organise a peaceful demonstration in the Plaza Mayor outside of the Town Hall of Vera on 19th May at 12.00 noon in support of Helen and Len Prior.   According to AUAN’s president, Maura Hillen ‘the reason for this gathering is to ask our authorities to once and for all find a way to put an end to the ordeal Continue reading

Junta admits raw sewage leak days before beach closure

The regional government has backtracked on earlier claims and quietly admitted it knew the local water company was pumping raw sewage into the sea just days before an outbreak of toxic algae forced beaches to close this summer. The environment ministry now says that on June 13 a break in the main sewage pipe to the Villaricos treatment plant forced Galasa to pump 216.000 litres of untreated sewage straight into the Villaricos sea over 46 Continue reading

Vera to get new roundabout

A new roundabout is to be built at a dangerous “black spot” outside Vera. The new traffic measure will replace the current offset cross roads which lead out of town towards Cuevas del Almanzora, just past the Lidl’s supermarket. The cross roads is considered to be one of the most accident prone spots on the provincial road network. The project has been announced by Vera council, who have signed a collaboration agreement with the county Continue reading

Inaccessible hospital opens in Huelva (and they can’t afford to equip new Vera medical wing)

The Junta de Andalucía has surpassed itself this time – they’ve just opened a 21 million euro hospital that you can’t reach, because nobody has built the road there yet. Even better, it’s in the town of Lepe, whose inhabitants have a reputation for being the backwards red-neck hicks of Spain. *Here’s a Lepe joke: a man from Lepe left to go to Seville, but he came across a large sign saying HUELVA, so he Continue reading

Vera to sue central government over flood defences

Local council says environmental ministry is ‘refusing to carry out its promises’ The Vera town council voted this week to start legal actions against the central government and the Ministry of the Environment for not fulfilling promises made after the 1989 and 2012 floods across Pueblo Laguna. The council says that “concrete measures” against a repeat of the flooding that should have been taken by the central administration have never been carried out, and that Continue reading

Vera to sue central government over flood defences

Local council says environmental ministry is ‘refusing to carry out its promises’ The Vera town council voted this week to start legal actions against the central government and the Ministry of the Environment for not fulfilling promises made after the 1989 and 2012 floods across Pueblo Laguna. The council says that “concrete measures” against a repeat of the flooding that should have been taken by the central administration have never been carried out, and that Continue reading

Vera to sue central government over flood defences

The Vera town council voted this week to start legal actions against the central government and the Ministry of the Environment for not fulfilling promises made after the 1989 and 2012 floods across Pueblo Laguna. The council says that “concrete measures” against a repeat of the flooding that should have been taken by the central administration have never been carried out, and that the ministry is avoiding its responsibilities. Mayor Felix said that it was Continue reading

Mojacar illegal payments case dropped by Judge

The Judge investigating complaints of abuse of power in Mojacar council regarding the attempt to pay an irregular Christmas bonus to town workers in 2014 has decided to drop the case. The case was launched by opposition councillors, especially Jessica Simpson from Somos Mojacar, after Mayor Rosa Maria decided to pay all town workers a Christmas bonus averaging one months wages, despite having received a report from her legal advisers warning such a payment was Continue reading