News in Brief – Costa Blanca South

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News in Brief - Costa Blanca South
ROJALES BUDGET: Reduced, but no cuts to essential services Photo credit: Rojales town hall

Budget pact ROJALES has approved its €14.128 million Budget for 2022 thanks to votes from the Partido Popular’s six councillors as well as those of the 11 councillors belonging to the PSOE party which controls the town hall.  Spending next year has been cut by €250,504 although jobs have been created while allocations for social entities and investment have increased.

Good figures UNEMPLOYMENT in the Vega Baja fell by 2,031 in November, particularly in the services sector, the construction industry and agriculture, revealed the Valencian Community’s official employment service LABORA.  Torrevieja had the most noticeable drop in unemployment with 536 people finding work, followed by Orihuela (403) and Almoradi (216).

In memory THERE is a simple explanation for those puzzled by a yellow submarine visible on a flat roof at Alicante General Hospital. It is part of an open-air play area for the youngest patients, installed with a donation from the parents of a child who died of cancer in 2002.

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Big bill ELCHE’S €39.4 million contract for street-cleaning and rubbish collection will account for one out of every six euros in Elche city hall’s €231.8 million Budget for 2022. The increase covers renewing the fleet of lorries which will run on natural gas, and installing brown recycling containers for organic waste.  

More jobs THIRTY-EIGHT over-30s and 33 under-30s recently started work in different departments at Torrevieja town hall on 12-month contracts.  The programme, together with training initiatives, was introduced to improve the participants’ future employment prospects while helping to reactivate the local economy and alleviating the effects of the Covid pandemic.

Brine drain ON 18 occasions, principally in the Vega Baja, the Guardia Civil detected unauthorised desalinisation units used to process  brackish water illegally obtained from underground aquifers.  Usually hidden or camouflaged, the equipment was used to produce irrigation water while subsequently polluting streams and ravines with the concentrated brine residue.


 

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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