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Day: February 24, 2016

Bicycle Fiesta in Rojales

Join 400 cyclists for a ride on Sunday This Sunday, February 28th, Rojales is holding its first Bicycle Fiesta, a sporting and social activity aimed at people of any age or level of fitness. The Town Hall expects about 400 cyclists to take part. “It is a grass roots and family activity to enjoy a Sunday morning,” assired Councillor Pedro Llopis. He explained the route will cover 15 kilometres in a circuit from Rojales town centre to the district of Heredades. The event will start at 10:30am from the Malecón del Soto. Participants will each receive a commemorative T shirt and something to eat at the end. They can pick up their numbers to wear from 9am. After the ride, there will be a raffle between all the participants with two bicycles to be won, as well as prizes to be awarded for the best fancy dress, the most original bicycle, the best decorated one and the best classic...

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The best of Baywatch in Torrevieja

Come and watch the National Lifeguards Championship this weekend The 30th Lifeguards Championship of Spain will be held in Torrevieja this weekend, February 27th-28th, in the Olympic size swimming pool at the Pabellón de Deportes. Councillor Pablo Samper said there will be 450 participants from all over the country competing for medals in different events in the juvenile, junior and absolute categories. In total there will be 47 lifeguard clubs from 11 regiona of Spain, as well as the national team, which will be competing in the world championships in Holland this September. Samper said events like this raise the profile of the town and attract hundreds of people, including athletes, coaches and their families. He said about 600 people are expected to start arriving for this competition on Friday. The President of the Valencian Community Lifeguards’ Federation, Jesús Troyano revealed that Torrevieja will also hold the Spanish Masters’ Championship in May, thanks to the local facilities and climate. He encouraged people to come and watch because this is a humanitarian sport that is about saving lives and the events are “something...

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Entre Naranjos residents demand promised bus line

Entre Naranjos residents were joined by Socialist (PSOE) Councillor María García to demand that the bus service between the urbanisation and Orihuela city, which was announced in September, starts running. García reminded that the Town Hall stopped the Tuesday bus service that used to cover this route on the promise it would be replaced with a better service. “What annoys us is that the council is implying the problems starting the service are down to the Valencian Government,” she said, assuring they have received no request from the Town Hall to modify this bus line, as confirmed to her by the Director General for Transport, Carlos Domingo. Resident Sarah Hill criticised that the first thing this council did was cancel the bus service, saying the urbanisation has not developed since the PP took power. García also indicated that the Town Hall still has not taken over responsibility for Entre Naranjos from the builders and so it still dies not receive all the public services, even though residents pay their taxes. She demanded that Councillor Sofía Álvarez demand the builder finish the work required for the Town Hall to take over. The Socialist said the last meeting about this was in May 2015, with the Public Waste Water Sanitation Company (EPSAR) to demand that the treatment station be expended because it cannot cope with the whole urbanisation. “Since then nothing...

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Torrevieja has to return La Siesta park grant

Town Hall unable to prove €181,231 investment by last council Torrevieja Councillor Victor Ferrández has explained that the Town Hall has to return 50% of the grant it received from the Valencian Government for the La Siesta-El Chapparal Employment and Training workshop. He said this amounts to €181,321 and blamed the dreadful management of the last Partido Popular (PP) council because did not justify the investment that the Town Hall promised to make in the scheme. “The PP made an irresponsible promise, knowing that they couldn’t fulfil it, and now we are paying for it,” he said. “They acted without the least common sense. A 6 month workshop with students working only 3 or 4 months is impossible to finish a 40,000 square metre park with an investment of more than €1,129,000. But the elections were very close and they wanted to make big announcements.” “Those in charge of the workshop still ordered materials and only invested about €170,000. This was all in invoices with no contract which the current council returned without paying because they would not have been accepted by the Auditor and there could have been legal consequences if they were paid, because they did not count as essential services.” Ferrández assured they could only have justified about 15% of more than a million euros of investment. He added that even if these invoices had been...

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