News in Brief – Costa de Almeria

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News in Brief - Costa de Almeria
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Vicar town hall has used 300,000 lightbulbs throughout the municipality Photo credit: Vicar town hall

All lit up MORE than 300,000 low-consumption Led bulbs are illuminating Vicar this Christmas. As well as street decorations, the lightbulbs adorn a new tree in front of the town hall, a 60-metre multicolour tunnel requiring more than 45,000 lightbulbs, an outsized Christmas bauble, a Nativity Scene and a giant snowman. 

On watch NIJAR’S bicycle lane between the San Isidro and Campohermoso districts will be equipped with 72 CCTV cameras at the intersections with the principal roads in both neighbourhoods. By installing the surveillance cameras, the town hall hopes to monitor and regulate traffic while reducing hold-ups and their knock-on effects.

Well annoyed GERGAL and Alboloduy residents, whose domestic water comes from the same artesian well, are protesting at their “almost black” tap-water.  They are now calling on the provincial council, the Diputacion, to sink another well so they can have the good-quality water supply they are entitled to, they said.

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Cold comfort IN mid-November when temperatures began to plummet outside Spain, prices paid for Almeria vegetables started to rise.  As Almeria’s greenhouses gradually reach peak production, exports to central and northern Europe are now fetching higher prices than in previous years, with a sustained demand for tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.

Prison payout SPAIN’S prison authority, Instituciones Penitenciarias, was ordered to pay €200,000 compensation to a staff member at El Acebuche prison who was trapped by a sliding door, fracturing his sternum and suffering post-traumatic stress. Security measures like the door’s inaccessible mechanism should not endanger prison staff, the court ruled.


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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