Disappointing decision

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Disappointing decision
LOGISTICS CENTRE: Spain’s Ministry of Defence chose Cordoba instead of Orihuela or Jaen, amongst others Photo credit: Zagarbal

ORIHUELA learnt recently that that it has not been chosen as the Spanish army’s principal logistics base.

The plum, which would have provided 1,600 jobs – most of them for civilians –   has instead gone to Cordoba.

Orihuela’s Emergencies councillor Victor Valverde recently described this decision as “opaque,” the online daily, Alicante Plaza reported. He was particularly critical of the absence of any kind of official communication explaining why the Vega Baja city was overlooked for the €350 million logistics base.

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Last January councillors from the Partido Popular, Ciudadanos, PSOE and Vox parties voted in favour of Orihuela’s candidacy, with only Cambiemos opposing the proposal, claiming that the proposed site was at risk from flooding.

If the choice of Cordoba came as a blow to Orihuela, Jaen in Andalucia was even more disappointed.  Its city hall called on the Ministry of Defence in writing for an explanation of the criteria it applied in coming to its decision, asking for a reply within 10 days, according to ldiario.es.


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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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