LOCAL NEWS - WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2012
Mark Nolan / 2012-05-22 17:56:21
ORIHUELA´S GAIN IS TORREVIEJA´S LOSS
It has been announced this week that the Casino Mediterráneo, located near to the Habaneras shopping centre in Torrevieja, is to leave its current location and move to the new La Zenia Boulevard shopping centre when it opens later this year.
The site of a shoot out with a security guard a few years ago, the casino has faced problems for many years, especially as it was too close to a similar installation in Alicante, but it will serve as a blow to Torrevieja, creating yet another empty unit in as location that the city council has been desperately trying to improve which would become home in the future to the new bus station, market and exhibition site, where the May Fair would also be relocated, should these plans ever become a reality.
Orihuela council state that they have not been instrumental in encouraging the move, but the Mayor himself was present for the negotiations that secured the move.
TORREVIEJA MAYOR HAS ASKED FOR WORK PAYMENTS
The councillor for finance in Torrevieja, Joaquín Albaladejo, has presented a letter which shows the mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolón, requesting, in writing, that the regional government of Valencia make payments for work already carried out in the city, for which contractors had yet to be paid.
The particular work in question was the new Semana Santa museum, to which the green Los Verdes party had already criticised the city council, along with many works yet to be completed, because most of the developments had been stopped as the companies were unable to continue to fund the projects themselves, with some even facing bankruptcy.
PILAR DE LA HORADADA LOAN APPROVED
The Mayor of Pilar de la Horadada, José Fidel Ros, has received approval from the La Caixa bank for a loan of 2.5 million euro, which he will pay back over the next 10 years, which will enable the town to clear outstanding debts with suppliers and contractors of work.
The mayor said that although the council are making a major effort to catch up on payments, the loan is great news for all residents, "to guarantee payment of about one thousand suppliers within a few days, and can expect to have the money in their accounts in early June”.
GREENS EATING THEIR GREENS
An environmental group that represents the protection of wetlands and shrubbery in the south of the Costa Blanca, AHSA, has warned that there is a risk to a native plant which only grows south of Alicante, the distinctive yellow helianthemum caput-felis, or cat´s claw, in the Cabo Cervera area of Torrevieja.
Classified as vulnerable and protected, the species is under threat from the common Carpobrotus edulis, often called the Cape fig or Hottentots fig, which is believed to have started life as an ornamental plant in gardens, it quickly spread and is now threatening to take over the land, suffocating the endangered plant, much like the situation at Cala Ferris, where the Arizona Cactus is also making moves to take over.