COASTAL NEWS TRADER 64 OCTOBER 13TH 2006


More Than 500 Square Metres of Pine Trees Burn in Mitjanes

More than half a hectare of pines in the Mitjanes and Misil areas, between the municipalities of Pego and L’Atzúbia burnt in a forest fire.
The fire started at about 19:00 hours by an unknown cause, a media stir erupted and two helicopters were scrambled to help extinguish the fire, as total darkness descended and impeded their mission.

The fireman in the sky did not have too many problems. One of the helicopters destroyed the covering to the municipal swimming pool in L’Atzúbia to a bid to collect water, as reported in the newspaper LAS PROVINCIAS.
The mayor of the village, Manolo Reig, was indignant with regards to the minor accident, as at 500m  there was an irrigation shaft that would have been able to nourish the helicopter water supplies and thus avoided the destruction caused. Reig has asked who will be accountable for the repairs.

In spite of the ferocious flames resources at Denia park managed to break the advancement of the fire and helped the firemen bring the fire under control.
The Local Police of Pego assured that there was no need to cut or divert nearby traffic.

Gandia

The Town hall of Gandia has announced the winner of the Cátedra Blanca contest, organised by the faculty for the Valencia University of Architecture. The prize is a project financed by the Town hall to create a tourist information centre on the beach front. The building has to maintain a sculptural element and be decorated with a maritime theme. The creators of the white cement structure are Beatriz Beltrán and Vicente Fernández. The work will cost more than 6 million euros and is expected to take between three to six months. The improvements will not coincide or effect the outstanding festivals in the area. 

Residents of Xaló Against the 400% Increase on Property Tax

The mayor César Sivera denies the allegations and says the complaints are only because before they didn’t pay 

A group of residents in Xalo have denounced the Town hall for applying a 400% increase on the land value of various rural properties. The mayor, César Sivera (BNV), has assured that they have not revised the land value, and that the reason residents have complained is because they didn’t pay their IBI (impuesto de bienes inmuebles) before.

The group of Xalo residents who  have denounced the abusive rise of the property tax, applied by the local BNV council after a land value revision, have accused the mayor’s opinion as “lacking the truth”.

The residents have spoken and explained that the property owners of different rural areas have seen their property and land tax rise  by 400%, which they say, the payments are “very high” in comparison to those taxes in the town.

This “catastral-ophe” as it’s known, has been received “with understandable anger” as some of the residents have now started to appeal.

Those effected show that the revision is “full of errors”, with inexact roads, plots shown with names of people who do not own the property or any property and include properties that seem to have disappeared, errors that were meant to be changed in 2001. They refuse to accept the council’s decision and find themselves “helpless” against the local administration.
Also, the increase in the bin charges mean they now pay the same as those who live in town, yet they do not have a regular collection service.

While their denouncements seem justified, the nationalist mayor César Sivera, could not be more convincing with the formal details. “I categorically confirm that there has not be a land value revision for property tax in more than 80 years, these residents lack the truth”, stated the angry Sivera.

”The reality”, said the mayor, ”is that these residents have not paid their IBI when it was rustic land and now have to do so as urban land, which costs more. It has been more than 14 years since you contributed under agricultural land, yet it is urban land and has luxury properties built on it. We are a democracy and here you have to pay your taxes” he commented.

The EU Investigates Fraud Of Funds

The Fraud Department of The European Office investigates electricity given to illegal properties

The Fraud Department of The European Office is pursuing Catral Townhall on suspected fraud because electricity was granted to an illegal urbanisation whilst a group of existing residents living in the countryside were overlooked.

The inspectors have recently requested the collaboration of the Consulate of Investigation. The investigations by the Land Commission questioned the alleged irregularities in the Alicantina area of Catral and it shall not be the only ‘oversight’ investigated.

The Fraud Department of The European Office have formally requested the Agriculture Commissions collaboration in the case against Catral Townhall with the suspected fraudulent use of European funds.

Following the document of which all provinces have had access, The European Association of Consumers (AECU) within the passed few months sent a denouncement to the EU about the “Rural-Electricity – Beauty Spot” Project, a plan co-financed with European funds as shown in the PRODER-2 plan (designated as a rural beauty spot only).

According to The Department of Fraud, the funds granted for this project were awarded to the Local Action Group (GAL) “The Vega Baja Association of Rural Enjoyment”. These groups are in charge of managing the granted funds awarded by the EU, as well as guaranteeing that the funds will be put to good use.

Illegal Urbanisations
“In response to the denouncement we received, the funds granted appear to have been destined to provide electricity to illegal urbanisations constructed in the town of Catral”, quoted the EU letter. Those responsible for the funds stated on the PRODER plan are being investigated and have been taken to the Department of Fraud to be questioned by the Agriculture Commission and who can start to administer the funds. The department will participate in the distribution of the awarded funds to projects that help the rural and agricultural environment.

In the letter, The European Union demands to know the corresponding amount for each project, who will help to finance each project and who wishes to execute each plan.

Another of the documents sent from Brussels was in relation to the costs that were previously declared to the European Union that were to finalise the project.

The inspectors claim to know how much of the funds awarded went to the PRODER group and now wishes to know what the objective of the project was and has to take into account the favourable technical report that the project was granted. Concluding with “wishing to know the backgrounds of all the members and putting into place a control on all the profits of the awarded funds, so that further incidents can be detected”.


Roman Oven used to Fabricate Lime

Uncovered in Denia 

An archaeological excavation in Forti, Denia uncovered a Roman oven that was used to fabricate lime, has been found at the beginning of building work on the Dianium urbanisation. The historic find, could be integrated with the future estate development that will occupy the plot. 

If you thought that Montgo is ruined by the houses that are built on the mountain face, and the continual contamination caused, then you don’t know it all.
Some archaeological excavations in the Cami Dels Lladres have uncovered the oven which fabricated lime and dates back to the VI centuary and now after investigations conducted by the Municipal Archaeological Department, but work is due to begin on the first houses of the Dinamium estate.
Archaeologist, Josep Antoni Gisbert, explained that to ignite the oven, Romans used the wood from Montgo mountain and extracted the solid calcium from calcerous stones, once melted, they became lime, the main element to masonry, the equivalent to our concrete and the base of what was built in this era.

This finding certifies that building was an economic activity in the roman age and the “rhythm of construction was good” advised Gisbert. In his opinion, this industry completes the toscan stone, that was mostly enjoyed in the construction of mills. The archaeologist also stated that the findings help us to imagine the environmental impact at the hands of man “including in the roman age”, and that it demythologizes the mountain as having an impressive arboreal luxuriance.

The lime oven is an important discovery. Not in vain, together with other findings in Rótova, they comprise of only two examples documented in the whole of the Valencian Community. As well as its enviable state of conservation, the conservation of the cyllinder where the wood was stored to melt the calcium has led to a further discovery of small ceramic illustrations that show instructions, allowing further insight to the era.
Also, we can observe the arch that leads to the combustion chamber of the oven.



Residents of Freginal Xabia Protest About

The Daily Burning of Rubísh  and Tipping in Gorgos

The smoke and smell are frequent. A situation that many of the residents on the river gorgos’ banks have to deal with daily as a consequence of the materials that many of the local companies burn and tip here on a daily basis. The town hall have started to take disciplinary actions against those responsible, as of yet without a result, but still they  have not prohibited the activity.

The rubbish collection companies in Xabia firmly believe these companies are the enemy.
Protests by the residents of Fontanelles stopped the use of a neighbouring plot located near houses, being used as an illegal rubbish tip, now the residents of Freginal, Barranquet, Les Sorts, Capsades o Lluca have to live with the daily smell and smoke as land next to the river Gorgos is used by local skip companies as well as garden centres as an illegal tip and burning site.
After denouncing the site yesterday a resident of Freginal, described how they have to each day put up with the vile smells of “industrial waste” of which these companies think “its bad to have near”. A practise that on its own is against security regulations.

 Out of respect, after a year of complaining to the Local Police, Guardia Civil and the Townhall about the annoying activities, there has of yet been no answer from any one.
Reassuring those who are effected, the mayor of Xabia, Eduardo Monfort, announced that the only option was to formally denounce and therefore opening up a disciplinary case against those responsible.
It has been almost a month since the measures were started, the only ones who have not made an allegations are those located near the crematoriums.

Each day, majority of the Javienses (residents of Xabia) awaken and open their windows to breath in fresh air, others have to close theirs quickly so as not to smell the whole house out with repugnant smells. In some cases, like the prosecution on the denouncement, the problem arises when their daughter who suffers from asthma has an attack, as a direct result from the contaminated air that impregnates the area.

The neighbours received an unanimous verdict that prohibits the burning and tipping of agricultural material until November, but at the same time “it is not being up held and a skip company was until the early hours of yesterday morning illegally burning waste”.

The Campaign Against Drugs Stops In Ondara

Preventing the consumption of narcotics and other addictive substances is the objective of the anti-drug bus that visited Ondara  Dénia last week.  The students were educated using pedagogical activities, of the origin, characteristic and consequences of the consumption of addictive substances.  The students of the Sanchis Guarner public school in Ondara are now aware of the consequences of drug consumption and how to behave if someone offers them an “unforgettable”  day.
The Health Minister explained that the anti-drug bus forms a rational and objective education, about what drugs are, how they are consumed and what harmful effects they cause.  

With the use of reflexive debate, the bus achieved its goal and finally finished with a drawing contest where students had to recreate what they had learnt during the day, relating to the risks that are taken upon consumption.

The campaign was opened by the President of Social Services of the Marina Alta and the Mayor of Ondara, Ximo Ferrando, the Vice- President Vicenta Jiménez, the Co-ordinator David Bisetto, the bus technician Liliana Cardona and council woman, Ana Belen. 

The initiative was that of the Valencian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, the Health Agency of Valencia and the Valencian Youth Institute, amongst others.

Ximo Ferrando explained that "it is education that forms the values of the young” and that education must include how and why to avoid contact with addictive substances. 

In Dénia, the campaign was attended by 204 youths and adults.  

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