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Looking at Rental Properties

The regional tourism authority, Turisme Comunitat Valenciana, has established a working group with representatives of the tourist accommodation sector, with the aim of combating the so-called underground economy, one focus being holiday rentals and tourist homes that are not properly licenced or registered in the region.

The first meeting of the group took place on Monday, chaired by the Minister of Innovation, Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Nuria Montes, who assured that the objective is “to combat the underground economy in all its forms.”

A monthly schedule of meetings was agreed to carry out an analysis “of what are the weaknesses, strengths, opportunities and threats that we may have, especially everything in relation to the vacation rental of tourist homes”.

Chewing Gum Blights Torrevieja

The image of Torrevieja has once again been blighted, this time by global news outlets reporting that the town is under attack by chewing gum, with some of the main tourist-centric streets being affected.

The chewing gum is not being left on street furniture as was the case previously in many areas, but in Torrevieja it is being placed on palm trees, in particular along the Juan Aparicio promenade.

Commentators are pointing out that although the problem is being caused by chewing gum users, nothing has bene provided in Torrevieja to alleviate the problem, such as chewing gum bins which are available in other towns, the image worsened by the fact that neither the municipal workers who tend to the trees have taken action, nor has Acciona, the company paid 2 million euro a month to keep the town clean.

Teacher Standards to Lower

Representatives from the Ministry of Education will meet with union officials today to propose lowering the requirements for teachers of some Secondary and vocational specialties in which there are difficulties in filling vacancies.

The general director of Teaching Personnel, Sonia Sancho, has explained, “The requirements are the same as for any specialty: to be in possession of the master’s degree in Education and the Valencian C1 level. However, there are specialties in which there is a lack of teachers, so the places cannot be filled. That’s why the proposal we will make is that those teachers who are enrolled in the master’s degree even if they have not finished it and who commit to taking it out can access the places”.

Bike Lane Battle in Elche

The spokesperson for Compromís in Elche, Esther Díez, has announced that she has registered a complaint with the Petitions Committee of the European Union in order to restore the bike lanes eliminated by the government team.

Compromís has asked the European Union to force the Elche City Council to replace the bike lanes that it has suppressed. The bike lanes were funded by the EU, and so their elimination by the PP and VOX coalition would result in the funding having to be returned, in addition to the adverse affect the elimination has had.

Walking in Orihuela

On the occasion of World Tourism Day, Orihuela is hosting an exhibition on the Camino del Cid at the Tourist Office. This path of which Orihuela is part is one of the tourist routes.

This exhibition is an informative exhibition about the Camino del Cid: it contains information about the historical and mythical Cid, the Song of El Cid, the characteristics of the route, as well as abundant maps of the different routes that the Campeador followed.

Sex Crimes Hearing

The provincial court in Alicante will begin to hear evidence from tomorrow against a man accused of a crime of sexual abuse of a minor, for kissing his 13-year-old sister-in-law.

The Prosecutor’s Office requests two years in prison for the defendant for an incident that took place in 2020, when, according to the accusation, he entered the girl’s room whilst she was watching TV, sat on top of her and started kissing her. When the victim asked him to stop, the man quickly left the room.

Courses for Seniors

From this week, the senior residents of ’Alfàs del Pi will be able to join in a series of talks and workshops aimed at promoting a healthier lifestyle for the over 65-year-olds.

The workshops include advice on healthier living and eating, and you can also partake in dance classes, as well as other activities, including introductions to the digital world, such as banking, and there is a possibility of free transport provided by Cruz Roja.

For more information, visit the town hall, or the social centres in the town.

Fiestas in El Campello

Next week is a fiesta week in Valencia and Spain, but the party starts early in El Campello, with the Medieval Market from Friday of this week, before the main celebrations from October 11 to 15, not forgetting the regional holiday on 9th, and the national holiday of Spain, on the 12th.

The Plaza de la Constitución and the surrounding streets will be the location for the traditional medieval market, with stalls and entertainment laid on for all ages to enjoy.

Full details and the schedule of events for the entire period can be obtained from the town hall.

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