Coastel News97 15-02-2008

Seaside revamp for Dénia

DÉNIA seafront is set to be given a radical facelift if plans are approved by the regional government.

Two underground car parks, more sports and leisure facilities, cycle tracks and footpaths are included in the project, which was revisited on Tuesday’s council meeting. Local authorities hope the seafront’s overhaul will ease the traffic gridlocks seen on the coast road in summer. They also unveiled proposals to turn the former fish market in the port into a sealife museum. The plans need to be further studied before they can be formally approved, revealed Mayoress Paqui Viciano.

 
Explosive discovery

A BOMB has been found under the sea off a Dénia beach.
The missile, which is a metre long and 40cm wide, was discovered by a local diving group on the sea-bed off Las Marinas last week. It is thought to date back to the Civil War and is said to still be loaded with explosives. Diver Uwe Kühne reveals he thought the bomb was a stone. “It had a very strange shape, though,” Kühne told reporters. “When we got up close, we realised it was a bomb, which gave us a real scare,” commented Kühne’s companion, Bernat Cardona. Together with two other members of the underwater investigation team, they had gone on a diving trip to take pictures of crabs and prawns.
But what they found lurking beneath the waves was far more fishy. They alerted the Guardia Civil as soon as they reached dry land. Experts in aviation from Cartagena are examining the photographs and will arrange to detonate the bomb if it is thought to be at risk of exploding.

 
Oliva bypass gets green light

FED-UP motorists in Oliva could finally see their wish for a new bypass come true – after 25 years of campaigning. A new motorway, the A-38, linking El Verger with Valencia is planned at a cost of 500 million euros. MP Antoni Bernabé said central government will finance the much-needed new highway. He met with Oliva town council and local pressure group Circumvalació ja – Carretera No on Wednesday and revealed that a study of the works will be published this week. Carretera No staged the latest in their series of protest marches on Saturday, January 26, blocking the traffic on the N-332 for two hours. Oliva’s mayor Salvador Fuster told reporters that the plans were ‘very advanced’ and he expected work to start on the bypass at the end of 2010 or the beginning of 2011. Fuster said the new A-38 would be ‘extremely satisfying’ for residents, “not only in Oliva, but also L’Alquería, Palmera, Bellreguard and everyone who lives in these villages or has to pass through them every day.”The eight-kilometre stretch from Oliva to Gandia on the N-332 can take up to 45 minutes during the rush hour due to the volume of traffic.
But the A-38 has also attracted criticism. Glòria Marcos, leader of left-wing party Esquerra Unida, says a more favourable option would be to build a third lane on the AP-7 and make it toll-free. This, coupled with road links between the motorway and the Pego-Oliva road should be sufficient to cut congestion on the N-332, Marcos stresses.
 
Police step in to make beaches safer

SAFETY measures will be stepped up on Jávea’s beaches this summer with 25 police officers joining forces with the Red Cross. They will undergo specialist training to enable them to rescue bathers in trouble and will double up as traffic controllers during the height of the summer season. The Red Cross has also revealed that officers will clamp down on swimmers who persistently ignore the red warning flags and enter the water when it is unsafe to do so.

 
Bank-robbery suspects caught

TWO suspected bank-robbers have been arrested after they were caught red-handed holding up a branch on Las Marinas. National Police and Guardia Civil officers revealed this week that a pair of masked intruders stole nearly 6,000 euros from Deutsch Bank in Els Poblets at gunpoint last Friday. They were later rounded up following a high-speed police chase after fleeing the scene. Officers pulled over a vehicle in Ondara and seized two-and-a-half kilos of cannabis and several thousand euros in cash. The driver and passenger, a Spaniard and an Italian, were taken into custody. A police search on the former’s property led to the discovery of firearms and more drugs and cash. Officers believe the two men are also linked to a hold-up on the CAM bank in Ràfol d’Almúnia on January 21, where the culprits made off with around 7,500 euros.

 
Suspected armed robber in custody
TEULADA police have arrested a man thought to have broken into a bar and stolen a car to make a getaway. Local Police in Jávea were alerted of a robbery on a pub in the town in the early hours of Saturday morning. They heard the culprit had fled in the direction of Alicante on the N-332 in a stolen vehicle. Two patrol cars from Teulada set off in pursuit and rounded up the suspect just outside the town. They seized a large sum of cash, various weapons and the parts of a fruit machine designed to collect money. A Croatian national has been taken in for questioning.

 
Relaxing massages on Oliva beach
BEACHGOERS in Oliva are in for a treat this summer if plans to offer a massage service go ahead.

Tourism councillor Pau Pérez wants to install three aromatherapy tents on Oliva’s beaches. Sunseekers will be able to benefit from a relaxing massage whilst soaking up the rays, thanks to a service that is expected to be free of charge. This is partly to compensate for the reduction in chiringuitos, or beach bars, which local authorities fear will drive sun-worshippers away. They also hope to set up areas for practicing kite-surfing and provide sun-beds for public use. Oliva’s beaches have been voted some of the best in the region and rarely fail to snap up the prestigious European blue flag award, denoting quality and cleanliness.

 
Smash causes gridlock

TAILBACKS for several kilometres were seen in Pedreguer on Friday after a head-on smash between two cars. Two people were taken to hospital after the crash, which occurred in broad daylight on the N-332 near Mas y Mas.  One of the victims had to be cut free from his vehicle, reveal fire-fighters who were called to the scene.

 
Ombudsman to look into cause of fatal floods
FLOODING that caused millions of euros worth of property damage and claimed an elderly woman’s life is being investigated by the regional ombudsman. Experts believe the Girona River, which runs through the northern Marina Alta area, was not correctly channelled. This led to its bursting its banks on October 12 during heavy rain. A bridge collapsed in Beniarbeig, hundreds of homes and businesses were flooded out and disabled octogenarian Encarna Sastre, from El Verger, lost her life when her garage filled with water.

Many residents in El Verger and Els Poblets remain in temporary accommodation while repairs are carried out on their properties. Meanwhile, insurance company funds have taken a hammering due to October’s adverse weather conditions. The Spanish government’s insurance consortium continues to investigate flood damage, but has declined to pay claims for ingress of rainwater or lightning.  This means insurers in the affected areas are picking up the tab and could mean a knock-on effect on householders’ premiums.

Ombudsman Enrique Múgica has complained that neither the central nor the regional government’s environment and town planning experts have made any attempt to investigate the cause of the Girona bursting its banks. Insufficient channelling and dense reeds could have exacerbated the problem, says Múgica. He says environmentalists have blocked attempts to clean the river even though these rushes are considered weeds and not classed as an endangered species. Múgica says green campaigners have blamed housing developments too close to the riverbanks for the floods. Technicians will study the watercourse over the next few months with a view to preventing a recurrence of the tragedy.
 
Countdown to shopping centre opening
SHOPAHOLICS will be in paradise next week when Ondara’s long-awaited commercial centre finally opens its doors. El Portal de La Marina was initially planned for the back end of 2007, but will now be ready for trading on Tuesday, February 19. Among numerous high-street favourites including H&M, Massimo Dutti, Torero and Bag-It, the centre will include an Eroski hypermarket, a bowling alley, cinema, cafés, restaurants, ice-cream parlours and fast-food outlets. Local authorities say El Portal de la Marina will give the flagging employment market a much-needed boost. Already, over 70 local residents have been given new jobs at the centre. Ample parking and panoramic views of the mountains and sea mean the strategically-placed centre will put Ondara on the map for shoppers throughout the Marina Alta and La Safor areas.

 
RTVC Calpe start the new season with news in English
Radio Television Calp RTVC has confirmed that they will air news in English in a new programme called “This Week in Calpe”. Journalist Linda Herrada and ecologist Carole Saunders will present the program on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm. Calpe Mayor, Luis Serna said that the Government team’s target was to allow "All calpinos, without exception, to be informed of activities and developments within our city." Serna has announced that it is considering making programming in other languages such as German, French and Romanian.


u3a Denia

 
The Fallas are coming to Denia, culminating on March 19th. Why not come along to our next General Meeting on Thursday, February 21st, to find out what this unique fiesta really means  from our speaker, Mark Petrie,  who will enlighten us all on this fascinating subject.  Following Mark's talk, the Ayuntamiento's Councillor for Social Promotion , Vicenta Bixquert Huguet, will present the programme of activities and social events taking place in Denia during the Fallas.  The Travel Group have also organised a trip to see the Fallas in Valencia nearer the time.  There will, of course, be up- to- date information on the growing number of group activities, including fishing, theatre skills, walking, photography, needlecraft, IT and many others.  Ideas for more groups are most welcome- just speak to the Groups Co-ordinator, James Brown, at the Meeting with your suggestions.  After all, getting together and sharing knowledge and skills is what makes the U3A play such an import role in our community.    Already, there's  plenty going on with such a wide range of activities, which create good opportunities to meet old friends and make new ones.- but there's always room for more.  
 
For details of all our activities, including the trip mentioned, see our web-site: u3adenia.org and do come along to our General Meeting.
 

 
MASSIVE RESPONSE FOR THE WIBC INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY EXHIBITION

 
The Women in Business Club are busy planning and preparing for their famous International Women’s Day Exhibition. The members are stepping up the action this year in the fantastic Salón Canor venue. Various acts and educational speakers and demonstrators have already booked their stage time appearances. Many fantastic local business women will be exhibiting on the day giving you a chance to meet them first hand.

 
At the last WIBC exhibition in November over 5000Euros was raised for victims of domestic violence. 40% of that was the revenue from raffles. Some fantastic raffle prizes have already been donated for the coming event giving all the visitors a chance not only to experience a fun packed day but also to go home with some stunning prizes. There are three huge raffles and prizes including a laptop computer donated by The Original Charity Shop & Library, a Replica Shirt (donated by Arsenal Costa Blanca Supporters Club) signed by all members of Arsenal Ladies Football Team, two nights accommodation, including breakfast, at the Westin Hotel in Benidorm, a boat trip and over 100 more prizes! Clare Corper is the raffle coordinator for anyone wishing to donate a prize. Please contact her on 636 866 168 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To join in all of this excitement on Friday 7th March come along to the WIBC International Women’s Day Exhibition at Salón Canor. To find the venue, follow the N332 to Teulada which is situated between Benissa and Gata. When you arrive at the roundabout on the N332 by the Red Cross station, take the turning inland, away from Teulada and follow the signs for Salón Canor.

For more information call 669 219 088.

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