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Pepa Ferrando

The president of the local group of the Partido Popular in Orihuela, Pepa Ferrando, has been given the 15th of May as the date in which she must appear in court facing charges of corruption in relation to the FITUR tourism event. Persistently protesting her innocence in any wrong doing, Ferrando said that the complaint filed against he is “categorically false and politicized”, when faced with the allegations that a number of contracts were split to enable then to be allocated to companies without being put to public tender.

Facing criticism from the opposition groups over calls from the Valencian government to submit details about Cala Mosca before the consultation period ends, the councillor for town planning, Antonio Zapata, has confirmed that the plans for presenting the data are continuing on schedule and will in fact be submitted well within the anticipated deadline, with an exhibition of the findings of the environmental impact report being put on exhibition within a matter of weeks. Meanwhile, Pedro Mancebo of the CLR political group has called for a “euro by euro” account of the expenses involved in the trip to Brussels where a government delegation firmly secured the interest of the European Union into their next term of office.

The Councillor for Tourism, Rosa Martínez, launched the latest collection of guided tourist routes this week, to coincide with the influx of tourists during the Easter period. The aim of the tours is to “complement the processions with other activities”, and are seen to be of International tourist interest. Taking visitors to see a variety of cultural highlights, including some of the iconic religious buildings in the city, as well as historic elements such as the murals of San Isidro, a guide book explaining the variety of routs is available from both the town hall and the tourist information offices.

The town hall have once again arranged a special bus to the Easter Friday procession in Orihuela, leaving from Playa Flamenca on the Orihuela Costa at 18:00, picking up at Entrenaranjos, and dropping passengers in the centre of the city, in order to enjoy a stress free visit and take live a memorable experience with your family and friends. The bus will then return at midnight, although reservations are a must, which can be done at the town hall, tourist information offices or by emailing residentes@orihuela.es. The cost of the journey is just 5.30€ per person and a guide book is also available, detailing all of the events, in English, right through the Easter period.

The benefits of property in the Alicante and Murcia provinces will be highlighted in the Orihuela Costa this week, when the “Costa Live 2014” exhibition comes to the Zenia Boulevard from the 15th to the 17th of April. Around a dozen estate agents and promoters will be showcasing their portfolios at the event, after it was revealed that 29% of all foreign property purchases in Spain are in this area. Aimed at targeting potential buyers from the British and Russian markets, the timing of the event is during the Easter holidays, when many people are expected to visit the shopping centre, tapping into a share of the 60.6 million international tourists who visited Spain in 2013, making the country the third most popular tourist destination in the world, after the U.S. and France.

Last week, the Scandinavian Academy of Orihuela Costa inaugurated an ecological greenhouse on the premises of the school. The Scandinavian Academy has more than 50 pupils from Scandinavian countries and specialises in teaching in Swedish, Finnish and Spanish. It has strong environmental interests and this development is seen as a way of involving the students in environmental matters. The greenhouse was constructed by pupils and staff with recyclable material and has seen vegetables and flowers already growing. The Academy has also launched the procedure for obtaining the important Swedish Green Flag award which will be a prestigious symbol of the Academy’s environmental commitments.

Orihuela town hall has this week seen a favourable judgment by the courts worth 247,109 euro, after a resolution was agreed on a municipal plot awarded to a company last summer, to a company that has not filed and verified the required documentation, thus forfeiting their provisional bond. The town hall has also announce the resolution of six cases of urban infraction, three of which have resulted in the demolition of unlicensed works and two with penalties for urban infringements of 600 and 909 euro. However, it´s not all good news, as the government has been forced to pay 3,312 euro of interest after late payment in a separate case.

The department of health in Orihuela has announced a collaboration agreement with a women´s and family welfare group, Afemed, to provide a 70-hour vocational training course in geriatric nursing, which is being offered to 15 unemployed women in the municipality, to offer them the skills to hopefully find work in this much needed field.

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