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13 - 19 December 2012


River woes flow in Vera MAYOR Jose Carmelo Jorge Blanco has offered a neighbouring town the use of the Vera sewage works. Since heavy flooding swept away the Antas water treatment plant, sewage has been spilling into the river. At a meeting with the mayor and Councillor for Development Juan de la Cruz Belmonte, residents of the coastal region of Vera had raised concerns about the environmental and possible health problems this could cause. The citizens also called for work on the dry riverbed to avoid future problems with flooding. They stressed the urgency for dredging, cleaning and channelling the River Antas, which has reeds growing at the river mouth.

Squatters face eviction from marble quarries

SQUATTERS at Macael marble quarries face eviction after the town hall filed a lawsuit. The council claims it is worried for the safety of quarry workers as well as petty thefts allegedly committed by the settlers. Macael Mayor Raul Martinez explained that legal tile manufacturers have welcomed the lawsuit due to the unfair competition they have been suffering at the hands of the illegal settlers for many years. He also said that the quarries belong to the town hall, which was not receiving any money in return, and illegal workers were subjected to appalling working conditions. Mayor Martinez added that some of

MARBLE TOWN: Macael famous for quality of its stone. the settlements have already been dismantled and that quick legal action

is being taken against those still squatting at the quarries.

Plans for old train yard steam ahead PLANS to turn Almeria’s old train yard and freight depot into a public park are a step closer. The project has been

delayed because of political infighting between the PP-controlled city council and the PSOE-led regional government.

But now Pablo Venzal, Councillor for Urban Planning, has said a consensus has been reached. The proposed

park will measure 31,000 square metres and have two chiringuito style bars, a children’s play area and observation deck.


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Green light for car park GARRUCHA Town Hall will be able to finish work on a new underground car park beneath Plaza Pedro Gea, but it will take another three years. Grants from the provincial government mean that plans for the 204-space car park, split between two floors and equipped with cutting-edge technology including a parking guidance system, can be completed. The province’s second vice-president, Miguel Angel Castellon, stressed that completing these ‘everlasting’ works will be possible because the provincial government will pay 75 per cent of the €990,000 needed to finish the project. Originally the town hall was supposed to pay 45 per cent of the cost.

Costa de Almeria 13 - 19 December 2012 Issue 1432  

News in English from the Costa del Sol. Costa Blanca North, Costa Blanca South, Costa de Almeria, Axarquia - Malaga East and Mallorca.

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