No-one to complain to

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No-one to complain to
STONY PROBLEM: Washed downhill months and go and still thee Photo credit: Fred de Jong

FRED DE JONG, who lives in La Siesta, recently contacted the Euro Weekly News, frustrated by town hall inaction.

He explained that during periods of heavy rain his road becomes what he described as “a streaming canal.”

The rainwater running downhill brings mud and other rubbish: “It is always dirty after the Gota Fria and not only in our street,” Mr de Jong said.

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This situation worsened three years ago, he told us, after the town hall overlaid open spaces further uphill with pebbles.

“They didn’t realise that the water has such force that it brings down the stones with it,” he explained.

“Most of the pebbles remain in the street, endangering cyclists and motorists, damaging cars and creating a great amount of dust.”


Mr de Jong and his neighbours, who are also affected by the situation, have tried without success to ring the town hall and inform the Environment department of the problem but have never managed to get through.

“It’s very irritating,” he said.  “The pebbles have been there for more than three months as the road sweeping machine cannot pick them up.”

He also pointed out that he and his neighbours paid their taxes and it was the town hall’s responsibility to ensure that the street was clean.



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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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