News in Brief – Costa Blanca South

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News in Brief - Costa Blanca South
ORIHUELA: City hall lacks insufficient human and material resources to cope with payroll Photo credit: Xinese-v

All paid up  ORIHUELA city hall, which has 660 employees, has again outsourced payroll management, this time to a Cox-based firm specialising in salary and Social Security payments.  The €104,541 contract for three years with an optional two-year extension was essential, city hall explained, as there were insufficient human and material resources to deal with the huge volume of work involved.

Motorway jam TWO accidents on the A-7 motorway in Elche and Alicante city shortly before 9am caused six kilometre-tailbacks and delays of 45 minutes as hundreds of commuters were driving to work. Although vehicles gradually began to move,the Guardia Civil remained at the scene in both municipalities five hours later.

Crafty plan TORREVIEJA town hall awarded an €18,000 contract to draft plans for the open-air craft market known as the “Hippies market” in Paseo de La Libertad.  This the first step towards redesigning the site and stalls although the town hall commissioned and paid for a similar plan in 2009.

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No choice ONLY 18 residents in Rojales (population 17,000) voted online for one of the four participatory Budget choices suggested by the town hall.  In the event, Participation councillor Pedro Llopis ignored the most-voted option, and will spend the €96,000 on renovating the cemetery façade and remodelling Calle Juan XXIII.

Leafy city ALICANTE’S city hall announced that it intends to plant more than one thousand trees between now and February.  Newly-contracted STV Gestion will carry out the operation, replacing the empty spaces left by felled or diseased trees throughout the city which already has approximately 100,000 trees and palm trees.

Chance find POLICIA LOCAL officers called to a traffic accident in Elche noticed that several suspicious-looking bags had fallen from a parked articulated lorry ostensibly transporting vegetables.  A closer inspection with sniffer dogs revealed that it was marijuana, leading to four arrests and the confiscation of 500 kilos of the drug.


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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