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On today´s Costa Blanca Daily News… Building work in Torrevieja, travel vaccination success, free scooter rides in Orihuela, rubbish in Torrevieja, and events for seniors in Santa Pola, plus bike rental in Benidorm, Benissa bypass, learn Spanish in La Vila, shopping in Javea, and education in l’Alfàs.

Building work in Torrevieja

It has been announced that work will commence on Monday on one of the newest residential developments in Torrevieja, on the land in La Hoya, located between Jardin del Mar and San Luis.

The project has the capacity to build 7,500 homes on 1.8 million square metres and house up to 18,000 new residents. It also includes a new commercial area of ​​100,000 square metres concentrated parallel to the CV-95, the main access to Torrevieja.

The mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolón, will attend the inaugural event as the person responsible for approving the construction by a group of building firms.

Vaccination Boost

Since the launch of the International Vaccination centre at Torrevieja hospital just two months ago, a hundred travellers have had their inoculations to keep them safe on their global trips.

The service was launched on 13 July, meaning local patients no longer had to travel to centres further away.

The most popular countries to be visited by those served at the centre have been Thailand, Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, and Mexico.

30% of patients have required prophylaxis against malaria. Likewise, the average duration of the trips

Mobility on the Orihuela Costa

This Friday, young people of the Orihuela Costa are invited to attend an event themed around European Mobility Week, being held at the municipal traffic park at Punta Prima.

The event has been organised by the local neighbourhood associations, and will take place with the assistance of the Hopp scooter rental company, who will offer their vehicles for free in a safe and closed environment so that anyone is welcome to test drive this new form of mobility, and learn the basic elements of the vehicles and controlling them, whilst also learning the basic rules before taking to the street, in line with Hopp’s policy to try to educate users in advance of using their scooters.

The event takes place from 3 until 5 on Friday at the traffic park, located near the Racing Playas football pitch in Punta Prima.

Rubbish Collection for Torrevieja Businesses

The Councillor for Urban Cleaning in Torrevieja, María José Ruiz, and the president of the Association of Hospitality Companies of Torrevieja and Region (AEHTC), José Ignacio Pastor, presented the new door-to-door collection service for organic waste, as well as the recycling of glass packaging waste, managed by Ecovidrio, both of which have a subsidy from the European Union.

María José Ruiz explained that, based on the census of large waste producers in Torrevieja (bars and restaurants, hotels, etc.), a campaign has been carried out to inform them of the new door-to-door collection service for large organic waste producers.

After this campaign, large producers who wanted to join the scheme have been provided with a 120-litre brown dustbin, which is used to deposit the organic waste generated in their establishment, as well as a kit of bio compostable bags.

This service is currently only for commercial premises however, with residents around the town still facing major deficiencies in having their waste collected.

Senior Events in Santa Pola

To celebrate International Day of Older Persons, which is on October 1, the Department of Senior Citizens in Santa Pola has launched an extensive program of activities to encourage the senior generation to come together for fun, friendship, companionship and entertainment.

Begoña Igual, coordinator of the La Senia Senior Citizen Coexistence Centre, explained that “they will begin on September 25 and will extend until October 1, collaborating with other organisations such as the Santa Pola Health Centre, the CEU Cardenal Herrera University, and all the cultural and senior associations that actively work in La Senia.”

“We have created a week of very interesting activities such as health workshops, health tests on the beach, walks, tai chi, crafts, chess and a special dance in La Senia. Likewise, on October 1, the Santa Pola City Council will launch an advertising spot with the slogan “Older people with the same rights.”

Bike Rentals in Benidorm

Benidorm town hall is investigating reviving the contract for rental bikes to be made available throughout the town.

In recent years, the extension of cycle paths has been growing, however, three years in the waiting, municipal rental of bicycles is still not a reality, a situation that could change “shortly,” according to Mobility Councillor Francis Muñoz, who pointed out that the specifications are already being prepared.

This was revealed to questions from the media on the occasion of an event for the European Mobility Week, where the project was presented to promote pedestrian or bicycle travel through the city. The ‘Metrominuto / Biciminuto’ map that details how long it takes to travel different routes in the municipality, on foot or by bike.

Road Improvements in Benissa

The national Government has authorised the Ministry of Transport to put out to tender the contract for complementary works for the Benissa bypass, to improve its operation through the reorganisation of accesses, the reinforcement of the layout and the increase in capacity.

The project has an estimated budget of just over 19 million euro, which is added to the 38 million euro that the ministry has already invested in the infrastructure.

The Benissa bypass, located on the N-332 highway and in service since July 28, 2022, has allowed the segregation of local traffic from long-distance traffic, improving road safety, reducing travel times and mitigating pollution and congestion in the municipality.

Learn Spanish in La Vila

The Social Welfare and Equality Department of Vila Joiosa Council is offering Spanish language workshops for foreign citizens residing in Vila Joiosa. Two levels of learning are offered, aimed at people over 18 years of age.

The sessions will be held from October 2 to December 22 at the Social Welfare department, at the Llar del Pensionista social centre.

However, if you’re interested in signing up, you need to get yourself to the town hall quickly, as registration closes on Friday.

The Councillor for Social Welfare, Maite Sánchez, encourages foreign residents to take part in the workshops, as she assures that, through these courses “you will not only learn the Spanish language, but you will also get to know, through our language, our culture and traditions, so it is another tool to promote the social inclusion of this group”.

Shopping in Javea

Javea town hall, together with the Federation of Business Organisations of Xàbia, have organised a new edition of the Regional Stock Fair that this year moves to urban centre of Arenal.

The fair will be held on October 7 in the large parking lot in the Arenal area, southern part of the Paseo del tenista David Ferrer, where residents and visitors will be able to purchase products with special discounts from shops in Javea, and across the Marina Alta. In addition, there will be activities for the little ones.

The date was chosen to create a long weekend of activities since Monday 9 October is the regional holiday.

Learning in Alfas

Starting in October, the Casa de Cultura de l’Alfàs del Pi will host a new edition of the ‘Initial Basic Education’ course, an activity aimed at people over 18 years of age whose main objective is to provide students with the basic tools in areas such as reading, writing and arithmetic, in order to improve their skills in their daily needs.

The classes, which will begin on October 11 and run until June next year, will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays and anyone interested is now welcome to register, which can be done in the Education area, located on the ground floor of the Casa de Cultura.


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