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Day: August 19, 2014

Regional Government demands Torrevieja theatre licence

Concern for safety of building after complaint from Green Party The Valencian Government has asked Torrevieja town hall for information about the legal status of the Municipal Theatre. It is particularly concerned with the opening licence for the premises, and whether it states the capacity and permitted activities for the venue. Discrepancies in the theatre’s paperwork have been public knowledge for some time, but the Green Party (Los Verdes) of Torrevieja has brought the matter to the forefront once again, with a formal complaint. Councillors from the party claimed that following the Valencian Government’s request for this evidence, which was issued on 28th May 2014, allowing the town hall ten days to submit the paperwork, “The department will be forced to uphold the law and take whatever measures are necessary to ensure the safety of spectators.” José Manuel Dolón and José Hurtado explained, “The Municipal Theatre and Auditorium of Torrevieja continues to operate without the required licences or opening documentation, eight years since it was officially inaugurated and opened to the public.” They highlighted the fact that should an accident occur within the building, there would be a serious problem, as it is completely illegal in licensing terms. Los Verdes went on to point out the numerous anomalies detected by the inspection services of the Department of Interior and Justice, which have to date prevented the granting of a...

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Orihuela Costa fights postal service cuts

Five urbanisations are set to lose door to door deliveries from September 1st Orihuela Town Hall has dispatched a letter to the Post Office (Correos), signed by the Acting Mayor, Antonio Zapata, which calls for it to suspend its planned withdrawal of door to door deliveries in certain areas of Orihuela Costa, until the council’s appeals have been properly considered. The decision by the National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC), affects urbanisations in La Regia, Campoamor, Cabo Roig, La Zenia and La Zenia II, which will have to have communal mailboxes installed instead. This resolution was adopted on the grounds that the population density in these areas is less than 25 inhabitants per hectare, and the number of deliveries per household is less than five per week. However, Orihuela town hall strongly objects to this move, and has filed an administrative appeal on the basis that Orihuela Costa is an established urban area, as is recognised in the new General Urban Plan (PGOU) that is currently being drawn up. It is also still a growing community, with the population measuring far higher than figures released by the CNMC report. Therefore, the town hall seeks to suspend any further action to withdraw the postal service until legal prpocedures are resolved, and the Judge has addressed the alleged discrepancies accordingly. Also, the town hall requests that, should the suspension be...

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Nineties property boom blights image of the Vega Baja

Anti-corruption platform criticises number of abandoned buildings The sudden collapse of the housing market has resulted in hundreds of homes across the Vega Baja being abandoned and vulnerable to vandalism. This is the complaint that has been raised by the “Anti-Corruption Platform in Defence of Farmland”, which claims that they have spent the past year travelling to various towns in the area and all have large numbers of unfinished or unkempt buildings which according to them “look like they have been bombed during a war.” Entire urbanisations and individual properties have been completely stripped of all fixtures and fittings, or were never finished at all, and have been left “in limbo”, to become the huge blots on the landscape that we see today. Among these are the prominent Hotel Spa Villa in Catral, which until recently, with its four star rating, was one of the leading facilities in the province; and the former Vega Baja Secondary School in Callosa de Segura which has stood dormant for years. According to reports from the Anti-Corruption Platform, both of these are in an extremely dilapidated state, and the former is covered in graffiti. The platform went on the state that the list of such scenes is exhaustive, where in the worst case scenario the buildings have been ransacked by thieves, including areas of Orihuela, Almoradi, Benferri; and Cox, whose housing sector was...

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Thousands flocked to Pilar beach festival

Desembarco Rock is already becoming one of the local events of the year Music lovers of all ages gathered on Playa de las Higuericas in Torre de la Horadada, to enjoy the second edition of the “Desembarco Rock” Festival, which was organized by Pilar de la Horadada Town Hall. The event proved so successful that it is already being dubbed “the event of the year” by many of the youngsters who attended. Groups of friends enjoyed barbecues in the neighbouring car park, before chilling out on the sand dunes whilst listening to the tunes. The festival featured performances by four talented bands, including Materio Primo, who were the winners of the last edition of “Pilar’s Got Talent” contest, and wowed everyone with their original Flamenco Rock vibe. Alternative rock group “Mala Vergüenza” was next on the bill; followed by Ito & The Trails, a band starring M Clan guitarist, Santi Campillo, who dazzled the audience with his amazing musical talents and wild dress sense. Xabibi and his band mates closed the show, with a tribute to his home country that really rocked the crowd, and got everyone on their feet....

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Electromar to return in 2015

The announcement was made during the festival on Friday Electromar organisers were quick to grasp the opportunity to promote the third edition of the festival next year, whilst the second was still in full flow. The popular electronic music festival was enjoyed by some 8,000 fans at the Antonio Soria Park in Torrevieja on Friday evening. The doors opened to a very hot arena at 6pm, with hip hop legends SFDK kicking off the action shortly after. One of the principal DJ’s, British idol Steve Lawler, electrified the main tent from 11:30pm with a skilfully assembled and diverse selection to delight connoisseurs of real house music, followed by Nic Fanciulli and Solomun, whose offerings of underground house music were a real winner with the audience. An icon of the Spanish house scene, Dj Candela, was also a major crowd puller, along with the frantic tunes of Gonçalo. Top French artists, Dirtyphonics, shook the stage with their bass-heavy tunes from 3:30am, before headliner, US DJ Steve Aoki brought the house down with a garish show of banging music, cream cakes, boats and inflatable mattresses. Aoki was later presented with the traditional “Salt Boat” trophy by the Councillor for Culture, Luis María Tizana and DJ Nano. The award is meant as a great honour, symbolic of the traditions of the salt town, and was also given to Shakira and Depeche Mode...

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