Orihuela Costa’s independence call

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Orihuela Costa's independence call
ORIHUELA COSTA: Could eventually overtake Orihuela in size Photo credit: Concepcion Amat Orta

The Partido Independencia Orihuela Costa (PIOC) party recently pointed out that Orihuela has a total population of 77,000.

Thirty thousand – and possibly 33,000 – live on the coast but although residents pay roughly €50 million a year in taxes to Orihuela town hall, PIOC claimed that the coastal area receives only €20 million in return.

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As time goes by, Orihuela Costa’s population will continue to increase and should it ever be allowed to split from Orihuela, it would equal it in size, eventually overtaking it as growth continued.

“We need to unite for the next elections with councillors from the coast and for the coast,” PIOC declared.


“Orihuela will not change.  We need independence.”


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Linda Hall
Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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