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Flu vaccination campaign begins - 27th Oct 2015
With winter drawing closer the Junta de Andalucia has once again started its annual flu vaccination campaign with over 65's, pregnant women and those suffering with chronic conditions being advised to contact their doctor to receive the free vaccination. This year the campaign will continue until December with over 1.2 million doses being made available to residents of Andalucia from over 1,500 health centres. You can make an appointment at your local health clinic, via the health service website or by calling 902 505 060.
Spanish tax conference for foreign residents - 26th Oct 2015
With changes being made to Spanish law which will effect foreign residents the town hall foreigners department has teamed up with Blacktower Financial Management Ltd to give a talk concerning the new obligations that the changes bring. The topics of discussion will be the new tax information sharing agreements which came into effect in January of this year, the Modelo 720 overseas assets forms, changes to Spanish taxes as well as how the modifications effect wills. Those interested in attending the free presentation given by Tim Govaerts, Regional Manager for Blacktower Costa del Sol, can book a seat by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (952816443). The event will take place on the 18th November at 11am in the cultural centre in Calle Granada.
New hours for rubbish collection - 23rd Oct 2015
As part of a series of measures being implemented by the town hall to upgrade and improve the municipal cleaning services a change to the existing collection times for household and commercial waste has been announced. The daily rubbish collection which currently begins at midnight each evening will now begin at the earlier time of 22:30. The times for rubbish to be deposited at designated collection points remain unchanged however with local police reminding residents that they can take their rubbish out for collection between 22:00 and midnight.
Mountain half marathon preparations near completion - 22nd Oct 2015
Nerja's second Almijara trail mountain half marathon is drawing closer with the final preparations well underway according to sports councillor Anabel Iranzo Platero. The 21km long race organised by the Nerja athletics club in conjunction with the town council will begin at the Enrique López Cuenca stadium and pass through some of the most beautiful scenery the nearby natural park has to offer before returning to the town. If you think that you'd like to take part you can sign up via the club's website here before the 29th of October.
Puente viejo closed for repairs - 21st Oct 2015
The Puente Viejo bridge which crosses the Rio Chillar was closed yesterday for much needed repairs to its surface and drainage capabilities. The work is expected to take up to 15 days with municipal engineers and the Narixa water company both getting involved to resolve the problems caused by a leaking man hole cover and drain. The local council apologises for any inconvenience the bridge closure may cause.
Maroween 2015 - 20th Oct 2015
Maro's traditional Maroween event followed by the sweet potato and chestnut festival is in its final stages of preparation according to the villages festival committee. Maroween, which takes place on the evening of the 31st of October will include the usual ghoulish Halloween costumes and fun while from 2pm on Sunday visitors can enjoy paella in the village square followed by a collection of typical sweets and cakes. There will also be a bus service between Nerja and Maro from 6pm until 2am on Saturday evening.
Police summer savings - 19th Oct 2015
A town hall representative has announced today that thanks to new arrangements concerning police overtime the local service saved almost €30,000 this summer compared to the same time last year. During the months of June, July, August and September the total spend was €50,092, with September bringing the biggest saving of almost €19,000. The figures mark an important saving for the council and local taxpayers whilst the town hall stresses that though the savings are significant the quality of service from officers remains unchanged.
Axarteismo 7 open new exhibition - 16th Oct 2015
A group of five artists, collectively known as Axarteismo 7, will open a new exhibition of their work entitled "Épocas" this evening in La Sala Mercado at 8pm. The group, which is currently made up of Luis Mugar, Tony Palacio, Francisco Granero, Manuela Bueno and José Antonio García was formed in 2013 and is proud to present its fourth exhibition, following previous events in Malaga, Torre del Mar and Velez-Malaga. Each of the members has their own distinct style and artistic vision meaning that an Axarteismo 7 exhibition is always an eclectic mix of ideas and scenes. The exhibition will remain open until the 4th of November, both mornings and evenings until 8pm.
Scruffs 2015 - 14th Oct 2015
The Costa Animal Society is once again holding its Scruffs dog show this weekend looking to raise funds for its year round activities re-homing stray and abandoned animals. This year, the event will be held in the towns centre in Plaza de España directly behind the town hall with judging beginning at 1pm at contestants arriving at 12. There are numerous categories for dogs to compete in including best rescue dog, best pedigree dog and for the more creative owners best fancy dress!
Police focus on illegal street vendors - 13th Oct 2015
The local police service announced a renewed campaign targeting illegal street vendors in the municipality today, including individuals operating without proper licenses and those selling counterfeit goods. The campaign officially started last week with its primary focus on the main commercial streets in the centre of the town. The new push comes following calls from local businesses to tackle the problem which is once again reaching unacceptable levels, causing a negative impact on local shops and restaurants.
Pedestrian left seriously injured after motorcycle accident - 12th Oct 2015
Local police detained a motorcyclist on Saturday morning following a collision on the pedestrian crossing at the bus station which left one person seriously injured. Officers arrived quickly on the scene, detaining the driver and attending to the injured party who was transferred to Málaga provincial hospital, following the crash which occurred at approximately 7:15. Upon further investigation it became clear that the motorcyclist had been drinking and just prior to the incident driving in an erratic fashion.
Feria opens with surprise - 9th Oct 2015
Those who went along to the Nerja Feria opening ceremony last night had a surprise in store with an unexpected pyrotechnics display taking place after the opening speech by Andrés Francisco Pérez González on the Balcón de Europa. The display was accompanied by lights, music and images from past ferias projected onto the church of El Salvador leaving the square awash with light much the the surprise of the gathered crowd. Without doubt this years opening ceremony was a great success with greater numbers of people being able to see thanks to the relocation of the ceremony to the Balcón de Europa providing much more space for those who wished to attend.