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Vega Baja Flood Grants

The Ministry of Environment in the Valencia Regional Government has opened up half a million euro in funding for grants to adapt buildings at risk of flooding in the Vega Baja.

These aid, explained the General Director of Water, Sabina Galindo, “are part of the Vega Renhace plan, within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan and are part of the measures for adaptation to climate change and risk prevention and management. related to the climate such as flooding in a very vulnerable area such as Vega Baja.”

The aid is directed to most of the municipalities in the Vega Baja, including Torrevieja, Orihuela, Pilar de la Horadada, Rojales, Guardamar del Segura, and San Fulgencio, amongst others.

Thus, the aid is intended for the acquisition of equipment or materials that prevent the entry of water or facilitate its evacuation, such as temporary or permanent barriers, non-return valves and other elements, in the lower basin of the Segura River.

Devastation for Crops

According to analysis published by the ASAJA Alicante agricultural association, a brief, ten-minute, bout of hail that affected Vega Baja towns such as San Fulgencio, Almoradí, Benejúzar, Jacarilla, Dolores and Bigastro last week, was fatal for 50,000 tons of fruit, especially citrus.

This damage will translate into enormous economic losses, still pending quantification until the expert process does its work, although it is estimated that around 4,500 hectares and 50,000 tons of mandarins, lemons and pomegranates have been completely destroyed.

This misfortune for the Alicante countryside occurs at a moment of great significance, since we are approaching the time of harvesting the citrus harvest, which generally occurs between October and May/June and more so in a region dedicated almost exclusively to this type of crops.

The problem that ASAJA points to is the fact that around “60% of damaged crops do not have agricultural insurance, since many farmers have decided this year not to insure their crops after the tightening of conditions imposed by Agroseguro”.

Horror in Torrevieja

Dubbing young film makers in Torrevieja are invited to submit a short film for admission in the sixth edition of the “Torrerífico” festival, organised jointly by the Department of Youth in the town hall, and the La Comarca Youth Association.

The submission period is open until 15 October, before El Torrerífico 2023 takes place on Saturday 28, from 5:00 p.m. at the Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre.

The short films submitted to the competition must be more than a minute long, but no longer than 20 minutes, including the credits, with a thousand euro up for grabs for the first prize winner.

Police Chase in Elche

Details were released this week about three people who were arrested by the Local Police in Elche, two men aged 29 and 48 and a woman aged 45, following a police chase.

The suspects were arrested for an alleged crime against public health after a police patrol were responding to a report of a burglary in a home in Valverde Alto, when they saw a vehicle with three occupants pass at high speed, which raised the suspicions of the agents.

The officers decided to follow the vehicle and once behind they turned on their lights, at which point the driver, instead of slowing down, accelerated, resulting in a chase.

With the support of another patrol called to assist, the officers stopped the vehicle and found a large number of tools in the boot, as well as six hidden bags containing drugs and money.

Celebrations at Zenia Boulevard

After a bumper summer, now birthday celebrations are already underway at the Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre, this month recognising their 11th anniversary, there is now another reason to celebrate as the centre has been nominated for a prestigious award.

The Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre, managed by Nhood and owned by Ceetrus and CBRE Investment Management, has been nominated for the Spanish Association of Shopping Centres Awards that will take place in Madrid on September 28.

Specifically, Zenia Boulevard competes with other shopping centres in the country in the nominations for Best Large Marketing Campaign and Best CSR Action in a Shopping Centre or Park.

Benidorm Getting Expensive to Live

Benidorm is becoming among the most expensive cities to live in, both to purchase an apartment and to rent.

Benidorm is now in eighth place in the whole country in terms of rental prices, surpassing the regional capital, Valencia, according to the latest study carried out by the online real estate portal Fotocasa.

In general terms, the rental price has increased due to high demand and the low existing supply. The national average is 11.34 euro per square metre for the month of August.

Regarding the price per square metre in August, Benidorm is the eighth most expensive in the entire country with 17.14 euro. Barcelona tops the list, with 20.84 euro, while Madrid is two places above the Alicante town, with 18.54 euro per square metre.

Calpe is the second most expensive in the region, behind Benidorm.

Energy Bill Help

The Naturgy Foundation offers a free workshop at the L’Alfàs + Social Centre in which attendees could have their energy bills scrutinised, and, in the process, save on bills.

The talk, organised in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare from the town hall, will take place this Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the L’Alfàs + Social Centre, located on calle Rosa dels Vents.

People who wish to attend are recommended to bring their invoices to learn how to interpret them, regardless of the company they are from. The invoice concepts are common in all marketing companies, therefore, it is not necessary to be a Naturgy customer to attend this informative talk.

Going Roundabout Denia

Dénia will soon have two much awaited roundabouts, as the contract to build the features has been awarded to the Valencia-based company, Pavasal SA.

The roundabouts have been planned at the junctions of Avenida de Marquesado with Pintor Llorens and in Assagador de Santa Llúcia with Camí Merle. Two conflictive points in terms of traffic and where, as the local government has indicated, collisions occur periodically.

The total of the work for which it was awarded was just over 466,000 euro.

Benidorm Bumper Tourism Boost

Benidorm has seen positive results at the end of the summer period, with the first two weeks of September reaching 88.4% occupancy, according to data recorded by the Hosbec hotel association. The rest of the Costa Blanca remains at 83.1%.

For the employers’ association, these are “more than positive” data despite the fact that the record figures from four years ago are not yet repeated.

Furthermore, they highlighted that within the international market, the British market is gaining special importance, experiencing a rise of 7.5 points compared to the last days of August. Likewise, it maintains the same share as in 2019.

The British market tops the table of foreign nationalities with 41.7%, followed by Portuguese, some considerable way behind at 8.6%, then Belgian, Dutch, Irish, and Romanian (1.1%).

Alicante Goes Green (ish)

The mayor of Alicante, Luis Barcala, has stated that more than half of the city’s municipal bus fleet will be renewed, with the incorporation of 43 sustainable vehicles, of which 20 will be hybrid and 23 electric, before the end of 2024.

Barcala has highlighted that “Alicante is moving towards a new, more sustainable and healthy mobility with the urban transformation works in which transit areas are converted into spaces for walking.” In his speech, the mayor outlined these and other actions aimed at improving sustainability and fighting climate change in Alicante, including pedestrianisation projects, the implementation of the Low Emissions zone, although that may be delayed, and the expansion of the city’s network of bike lanes.

He has also highlighted in environmental matters the progress towards self-consumption and the improvement of energy efficiency with the installation of solar panels in 33 schools and municipal public buildings, the change of lighting to more efficient LED technology or the introduction of tax credits for the purchase of electric vehicles or installation of solar panels in industries.

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