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This was last week’s news

Written by on 16 December 2022

Every workday from 7 to 9 you will hear the news from the region in the Costa Blanca Radio Morning Show (in Dutch and English). This was last week’s news:

A new road to connect urbanizations in Orihuela Costa will cut through the garden of a house in the area, according to plans published by the town hall.

This would connect the road running out of PAU-8 and across the highway from Los Almendros to the start of Calle Ontario, behind the new Amenecer apartment blocks being built.

The promotion company “Benissa Natura” wants to go to court after the building commission of Benissa refused permission to build a hotel and 9 chalets on the cliffs between Pinets and Llobella. According to the Internet newspaper Marina Plaza, their intention is to bring Benissa up to the level of tourist destinations such as Mallorca, Málaga or Greece, to create 400 jobs and to generate more than 13 million euros per year in city rights.—

The renovation of the El Pla Park in Alfaz del Pi is nearing completion. The end of the work is planned for the end of December. The park, which is centrally located in Alfaz del Pi, is no less than 2324 square meters in size. Initially, work was supposed to start last March, but weak municipal finances delayed the project. The company Nerco Infrastructures SL, which has been tasked with improving the park, started the job in September. Almost 10,000 euros was also spent on the purchase of street furniture. Furniture, games and other play equipment have been purchased for the little ones.

The Climate Change Law of the Government of Valencia is published in the Regional Official Bulletin (DOGV), codifying the legislation in the law books. The 78-page document is designed to be the “key tool for addressing the current and future challenges of the climate crisis.”

Four people suspected of operating a parking scam in the public facilities of Alicante-Elche airport have been arrested by the national police. According to a police spokesman, more than 100 vehicles have been identified. State airport operator Aena is said to have been defrauded of approximately €6,000.

Calpe has approved the annual budget of 41.5 million euros for 2023, an increase of almost three percent compared to the previous year. Because the city has paid off the remaining debt of almost € 8 million in the current year 2022, the Ayuntamiento now has more than € 35 million in bank balances, the town hall reports. Operating expenses increase by 9% to EUR 15 million, while capital expenditure is expected to increase by almost 30% to EUR 3.5 million.

A low-cost high-speed train (AVE) between Alicante and Madrid will be available from June 2, 2023, offered by the private company Iryo, a joint venture of the Spanish airline Air Nostrum and Trenitalia. This will be the first lower cost AVE service to include Alicante.

The Flemish Racing Genk is preparing for the resumption of the football season in Benidorm. Currently, the league leader has a ten point lead in the standings. Coach Wouter Vrancken is on a training camp in our region. The Genk team has a good chance of winning the title this season.

According to the opposition party PP, the socialist town hall management of Jávea is responsible for the fact that entrepreneurs and motorists could not, as in other municipalities, apply for the energy and fuel cost subsidy of the province of Alicante for the energy costs of the first half of 2022. According to the PP the deadline for this has passed in mid-November, without the Ayuntamiento of Xàbia taking any action. The Diputación Provincial had awarded a total of 9 million euros.

2,000 euros have been raised for research against blood cancer in children. The collection took place during the pre-Christmas run of the CEIP Santa Maria Magdalena primary school in Benitatxell. Every year in Spain, 350 children are diagnosed with this disease, 70 of whom die.

The Guardia Civil launched a search on Monday, involving a helicopter, the special underwater team (GEAS) and the maritime rescue service, after a 43-year-old man reportedly fell overboard while working on a fishing boat off the coast of Calpe. Unfortunately, at 09:20 on Tuesday, rescue services found a lifeless body floating in the sea, two nautical miles from the Peñon rock.

A 76-year-old British woman is still suffering from the effects of a violent robbery that took place on Monday after she suffered a number of injuries. The pensioner was attacked after shopping at a supermarket in San Luis, Torrevieja.

The operation of the National Police, which closed in September the largest workshop for counterfeiting €500 banknotes in Europe, made two more arrests and searched four addresses, two in Altea and two in Picassent (Valencia). The detainees are suspected of collaborating with the gang, whose 12 alleged members were arrested in the first phase of the operation, by facilitating the purchase of equipment from abroad to counterfeit the banknotes, a police spokesman said.