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Holidays Booked

The 2024 working calendar has been approved by the Valencia regional government, detailing days which will be classed as regional holidays next year.

The full list is below, but they include new year and Three Kings, San Jose in March, and Easter for which Good Friday falls on 29 March, and Easter Monday on 1 April.

The local holidays are still to be decided which will be added to the calendar at a later date.

Public holidays in the Valencian Community 2024:

  • January 1, New Year’s Eve
  • January 6, Epiphany
  • March 19, San Jose
  • March 29, Good Friday
  • April 1, Easter Monday
  • May 1, Labour Day
  • June 24, San Juan
  • August 15, Assumption
  • October 9, Day of the Valencian Community
  • October 12, National Day of Spain
  • November 1, All Saints
  • December 6, Constitution Day
  • December 25, Christmas

Tax Added for Orihuela Bars

Bar and restaurant owners across Orihuela will be a little bit poorer next year, as the local government has reintroduced the terrace tax from 1 January.

The tax is for occupying public spaces with tables and chairs and was withdrawn during the Covid pandemic but has now been voted back in by the PP and VOX coalition, after Ciudadanos wanted to extend the exemption.

“We must no longer discriminate between businesses, with the bar and cafeteria sector exempt from the rate, but not the merchants,” justified the PP councillor Víctor Valverde.

Road Incidents across Alicante

It has been a tragic weekend on the local roads in the area. A 41-year-old woman was knocked down and killed by a driver who fled the scene but was later arrested by the Local Police in El Campello (more below).

In addition, emergency services were called to a person found in a ditch on CV-911 in Orihuela, who had been suspected of having been hit by a vehicle. An emergency ambulance transferred the victim, in serious condition, to the Vega Baja Hospital.

Plus, emergency crews attended the collision of two vehicles at kilometre 95 of the N-332 near El Altet. Emergency ambulances at this incident transferred four injured people to the General Hospital of Elche. These are two women, aged 24 and 57, with a serious prognosis; and two men, aged 39 and 50, slightly injured.

Roads to the New School Coming

Santa Pola Council has launched the tender for the construction of the road network to serve the second school in Gran Alacant.

The 12 and a half million euro school site is located on calle Monte de Santa Pola next to the Montefaro urbanisation, and the town hall itself will be funding the 1.1 million euro project for the roads.

Traffic Problems Expected again in Torrevieja

Whilst the European Police and Fire Games are taking place in Torrevieja, some of the competitions are held in the streets of the town, and as such, roads are closed to facilitate the events, but causing disruption to traffic.

The next disruptive event will be held on Tuesday morning for a race event, but more disruption expected on Saturday morning when the duathlon takes to the streets.

Tragedy in El Campello

A 41-year-old woman, who worked as a street cleaner in El Campello, was killed after being hit by a vehicle on calle San Ramón at the weekend.

The driver who hit her fled the scene but was later arrested by the Local Police after testing positive for alcohol.

The woman, named by the town hall as Jessica in a statement of condolence, had three small children.

Fraud Plans Agreed

Despite the VOX political group voting against it, Alfàs del Pi Council has approved an Anti-Fraud Measures Plan, which will regulate the management of almost four and a half million euro obtained by the Local Government from the NextGenerationsEU funds.

“The objective of this Plan is to reinforce the fight against fraud, corruption, conflict of interest and double financing for better management of the funds,” declared the council Spokesperson, the socialist, Toni Such, at the end of the session.

Calling International Rescue!

Alicante provincial firefighters were called to assist in an unusual mountain rescue, successfully carrying the victim down off the Sierra Helada protected natural mountain range which rises abruptly from the plain of Benidorm and Alfaz del Pi.

The unusual nature of this particular rescue is that the patient, who felt tired and was struggling with leg pain, was a dog.

The fire consortium provided pictures of the rescue, which show the dog looking considerably relaxed on the stretcher being carried down from the mountain.

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