Mojacar move to regulate garage access

Mojacar council has implemented a bylaw to regulate the access to garages. I’ve written extensively on this subject in this week’s Costa Almería News, so if you’re interested in the whole story pop out and buy a copy. But here’s a brief summary, because people keep asking me. In short, the council has implemented a 2007 by-law which regulates vados. Vados is the Spanish name for a council rate which guarantees access to a parking Continue reading

Cabrera land grab could be annulled

Mayor Morales’s controversial change of Cabrera’s ruling committee structure could be over-turned in this Mondays plenary meeting after the PP tabled a motion to annul his decree. And Morales has tabled a motion to annul the 1993 Cabrera decision on voting rights of residents to try to balance things out. First things first: Morales had unilaterally decided -against the wishes of his fellow councillors, an apparent majority of owners up there and the recommendations of Continue reading

Turre avenue approved by the Mayor

Mayor Morales has today signed his contentious avenue plan into law via executive order of the Mayor. You’ll remember that 100% of his councillors were against the avenue plan that he drew up. Designed by an unqualified friend of his and presented in the dying months of his administration, he has been accused of forgetting about the avenue until now and presenting the fastest plan he could design in order to secure his legacy. The Continue reading

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

AIDS infection up

A person catches HIV every five days in Almería province. The provincial health service said that 74 people caught the disease last year, of which 59 were men. Sexual acts caused 79 per cent of the transmissions, but sharing of drug paraphernalia was at an all time low, causing just 3 per cent of transmissions. Almería has one of Spain’s highest infection rates, at 10.5 cases for every 100,000 people. The national rate is just Continue reading

Bird trapper caught

A man has been arrested for setting illegal bird traps in the Sierra de las Filabres after a tip-off from a concerned citizen. Environmental rangers found ten different home-made traps in a place indicated by the whistle-blower, and lay in wait until the poacher returned to check his traps. Inside his vehicle police found materials used in setting the traps for the small song birds, as well as box containing insects used as bait in Continue reading

Tax on booze and fags up, no payments over €1000 in cash

The government has announced an important change to a law, and a new budget modification for this Friday. On the one hand, the law limiting payments in cash of over €2,500 will be changed to drop this to just €1,000. This means it will be illegal to pay bills over €1,000 in cash when one of the participants is a fiscal entity (company). And large companies (and those who file their IVA return on a Continue reading

Galasa is saved in last minute deal

Our local water company Galasa was due to be declared bankrupt tomorrow December 1, but a last minute plan by the pp and PSOE has been agreed to save the bankrupt company. Details are still sketchy, but both parties have agreed a price rise lower than the one originally mooted. A new steering committee will be created to oversee the company, and the county council will set up a commission to start fixing the many Continue reading

What’s happening with Galasa?

Galasa is our local water company, supplying homes in the Levante and the Almanzora areas. It’s a public company, owned 51% by the Diputación (provincial council) and the rest by the local councils that make up the towns it supplies. In brief, water supplies in Andalusia are guaranteed by the local councils, who are responsible for ensuring everyone has a supply of fresh potable water (hah!). Sadly, Galasa is bankrupt and looks likely to be Continue reading

Mayor Morales demands public prosecutor investigates illegal homes in Cabrera

Costa Almería News is reporting that mayor Martin Morales has “lodged a complaint with the public prosecutor” over Cortijo Cabrera, asking them to investigate illegal homes in the mountains. See this week’s Costa Almería News for the full story (page 3), but in short, he claims developers and previous mayors may have committed planning crimes there and wants an independent judicial investigation. So if you have a home that is not 100 % legal up Continue reading