The councillor for markets, Manuel Gallud of the Los Verdes, has announced that the Thursday market on the Orihuela Costa will now remain in its current location, after an agreement was reached with the traders to keep the area clean. Concern over the protected micro reserve forced the council to take action to move the market away from the Cliffside, after copious amounts of rubbish were frequently discarded over the edge, requiring specialist and expensive cleaning teams to clear up in order to protect the endangered green area. For its part, the town hall will also provide additional rubbish bins, and the police are prepared to fine inconsiderate traders who risk the future of the market in its current, popular location.
The CV-95 road tunnel which runs into Orihuela city from Bigastro has reopened this week, according to the railway infrastructure company, ADIF. The road will remain open until early June, when it will once again be closed to traffic to allow the railway expansion work to continue. The underpass closed earlier in the year after being reopened to traffic at Christmas, having been largely blocked to traffic for over a year.
The Partido Popular presented a delayed motion which Pedro Mancebo had tried to table previously, relating to suggestions of easing the traffic flow on the N-332 roundabout at La Zenia. The motion was passed and approved by both the opposition and the ruling government team, despite containing elements which the Ministry has already declined, and despite the plans already approved during meetings with the town hall starting. Mancebo had been prevented from tabling the motion on behalf of the CLR-CLARO group, as membership and the existence of that coalition is a matter being considered by the courts. The Mayor, Monseratte Guillén, had offered Mancebo the opportunity to table the motion as an unassigned councillor, but this offer was declined.
The government team tabled a motion which would offer social housing to those in need, and at the expense of the banks, but this motion was not carried. The plan was to increase the property tax, colloquially known as SUMA, on properties which banks held as vacant, but this could be saved if the banks offered up their stagnant portfolio as social housing, allowing some of the many families evicted by the crisis to be homed. The notion was not passed as the opposition PP majority voted against such a move.
After the end of the consultation period to provide services at the chiringuito beach bars on the Orihuela Costa, a total of three companies have submitted their bids to operate the service. Each bid will now be examined in its own right, before the contract is awarded to the company providing the most value, in line with the quality standards of the contract. Two complaints were received relating to the nature in which the contract was offered, as some companies believe that the requirements for recognized quality standards restricted the number of companies who could compete.
A small number of pending contracts for improving areas of the orihuela costa have been subject to a delay, including the underpass of the N-332 near the town hall, after administrative errors have slowed the process down. Despite the work and funds being allocated, it would appear that a technician had simply assigned the wrong category to the projects, but this has caused a delay in order to protect the integrity of the tender and award process, rather than risk providing the work to a company where anomalies may be present.
The Councillor for Tourism, Rosa Martínez of the PSOE, presided over the first photographic awards ceremony this week, in which local snappers were invited to enter their pictures under the banner of “Orihuela – History of the Mediterranean”, which had been organized by the tourism department as part of their latest drive to focus on the cultural heritage of the municipality. The winners of the competition will see their work displayed in brochures, flyers and posters, promoting Orihuela, with 67 images finally entering into the competition, with first prize going to Miguel Rabasco Martínez, and another 4 people being recognized as top photographers. Martínez thanked everybody who took part; expressing pride that so many people were prepared to work so hard in helping promote Orihuela.
The Cruz Roja of Orihuela has announced that they are giving away a football shirt signed by soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, as a prize draw to encourage the donation of food for the needy. Ronaldo wore the shirt during the match Real Madrid and Juventus match in November of last year, and has also been signed by a number of other key players. To be in with a chance of winning this priceless piece of football memorabilia, you need to get donating milk, oil or sugar to the Cruz Roja on calle San Agustín, Nº22, in Orihuela between Monday the 3rd of March and Monday the 28th of April. Everybody who donates can put their name on a ticket that goes into a ballot box with the draw being made on the 29th of April, televised by Canal Vega Televisión.
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