My email jiminysimpson@gmail.com

My email jiminysimpson@gmail.com

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Voting

If you have previously had voting rights (for the 4 yearly, municipal elections which will be held in May) you will continue to have that right. If you have not previously registered to vote there is only one opportunity to register now and that is between the 6th and 13th April. Don't ask me why but there is this one week window for individuals to register, if they had failed to do so before the end of last year.

There is another set of elections on 22nd March but these are not ones we can vote in their are the Andalucia regional elections. They have been brought forward, I suspect, by the politicians currently in power, due to the rise of the Podemos party, who are similar to the Syria party in Greece e.g. anti austerity!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday 21st January

Apologies for tardiness of this post but for the past week or more I have been trying to progress a couple of important issues for some residents and therefore did not want to divert attention from that by pushing the lesser issues but as things seem to have moved in in regard to these issues I look the opportunity to raise some if the issues today.

Firstly no recent news on the PGOU but none was expected for a few months yet.

Regarding the bowling green, and, due to a small advert in one of the local newspapers which showed bowling available, I asked why or how that could be advertised. I was told that we do not even have the keys to the bowling green yet (as I suspected) because we have no yet signed off the contract with Nila and so they still hold the keys. We are trying to formulate an agreed way forward, in order that we may invite tenders to manage the green, and install the necessary infrastructure, to make it a valuable facility for the village. So please be patient these things have to be done in accordance with various bureaucratic processes to comply with the laws here. I will post on here as soon as anything moves forward.

I again raised the issue about Calle Ulla and Calle Miguel de Cervantes, (Palaces) and Candido did tell me that he has raised these issues with the people who can help and he will remind them over the next week or two and try to get them seen to.

I raised a number of other issues about electric street lights (both the activation and replacement and included areas such as Los Llanos, Los Menchones and others) and he told me that, at this moment in time, it was a question of getting the manpower needed to do the work. Many of the TH workers are using up their annual leave entitlement and this leaves us very short of availability at the moment. He is aware of what is needed where and he assured me that as soon as we get the staff back to normal levels he will attend to these issues in rotation.

We have a number of road humps in the store now and we will try and get those installed in the area most in need but again this will be over the next few weeks/months.

The posts are in for the street plan for Los Llanos and the sign should get erected shortly, however we are having problems with the siting of the one for the pool area, due to the landowner not being happy. As mentioned previously we will have to get the bottom panel of the sign amended and install it on the other side of the road from where we wanted it to go.

I asked on behalf of a few of you about how residents can ensure they can vote in the upcoming local elections. Juan Jo advised that anyone can pop in to check with the Town Hall to see if they are so recorded but even if they are not there is another opportunity to register which is within 15 days for eh National announcement of the due date of the elections. This has not yet been announced.

The driver of the TH lorry asked if I would put a mention on here regarding the dumping of rubbish at the back of the Guardia Civil station in La Alfoquia. This is not a public dumping area and people should not use it as such. They have moved four lorry loads so far and have about another 4 to do. They will put a sign up.

On the Padron checklist this week are the following names,
Gordon and Josephine ANDERSON, Ethan BIRD, Joanne Lee BRADLEY, Stephen George CAINS, Barbara Jan DECKER, John Terence and Maureeen DUDLEY, Claire <Louise LYNN, Heather Donna MORRISON, Ian and Diane POSTLES, Ronald George SKINNER,Raymond Roy THREADER, Lynn Elizabeth WALKER and Brian WALKER.
As usual if anyone recognises any of the names please ask them to pop into the TH to confirm they should still be on the padron, if that is the case.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Library

Just a short post re the library.

Was pleased that Jacqueline was able to get there to help start on recording the books which have been donated. We spent about an hour and Jackie an hour longer  writing down the details in the ledger of the library. I think it may take a few more days to document and classify all the english books there. The next day Jacqueline will be at the library to continue is next Tuesday morning. The library is open from 9.0am in the morning Tuesday toThursday if anyone else could help her next week let me know.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Progress

Well the New Year has started and slowly things are getting back to normal.

Spent a bit of time with Paco and Candido this morning, deciding where we could site the new street plans, for the Pool bar area and Los Llanos del Peral. The latter was easy as it can be installed at the fork in the road on the approach to Los Llanos. The first one was much more difficult and the final decision means we need to get the sign slightly altered. Due to the fact that the TH does not want to spoil the nice approach to this area e.g. the garden and the fact the both side of the approach road are privately owned it was decided that the best place was at the bottom of the hill before you climb up to the development. So that is where they will go.

I informed Candido of the need to give some attention to Calle Ulla in Los Carasoles, and Carl Von Linneo by the cemetery and he made a note of it to see what could be done.

Still waiting the go ahead for Calle Finlandia etc re repairs.

Street light bulb replacement programme and installations is still ongoing but some of the workers have been taken off to install a pavement for the schoolchildren on the street outside their school in La Alfoquia.and Carl Von Linneo.

Short list for Padron checks. If you on the following list could call into the TH when it is convenient to confirm you should still be on the Padron please, thank you
Robert Burns, Calle Eslovenia, Colin and Susan Dawson Calle Miguel de Cervantes, Alan and Gina Hadfield, Calle Nervion, Elizabeth Higgins, Barro Chicago, Janice Louise Peters, Barro Chicago, Christopher Pottle, Calle Sierra de Hornachuelos, Doreen Walsh, Calle Amapola.

I have emailed other individuals directly, regarding other issues, not requiring publication on here and those whose names are on the Padron check who I know.



Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year

A Happy New Year to all readers.

As we start off this one we have numerous rumours and political posturing in advance of our local elections in May. I do not propose boring people with all the preamble of this but, as and when, any important concrete developments emerge I will add. I do still ask that if anyone wishes to get involved to contact me. Particularly ladies as the parties try to meet the balanced quotas on their lists. Anyone so interested need not speak fluent Spanish but preferably live here most of the year. Just give me a call or drop me an email.

Secondly a reminder that the Church of England are to commence their regular church service at the little village church in Los Llanos del Peral this coming Sunday at 11.00am. Reverend Williams has decided to possibly try a bring and share celebratory lunch to launch the service. Fuller details will follow. This follows the fantastic turnout at the Carol Service, where all seats were taken and people were standing in the aisles!

Regarding the TH I have not yet had a chance to go in since returning from the UK but will do later this week. They are working today but obviously off tomorrow. You may have noticed that the new light bulbs are all being replaced. At last.

The son of a friend of mine has launched a form of mobile telephone interpreting service which may help or be appropriate for some people at times. His name is Alex Mortimer Abad and he is based in Albox. His service is available through the following number. He is trying to provide a service similar to that which existed some years ago here, where, if you are stuck somewhere, and need to use a Spanish speaker for whatever purpose, you ring his number and he deals with it. His number is 672851951.

Oh yes and if anyone knows of someone wanting to sell a decent second hand Spanish registered car please let me know as a neighbour due out in a few weeks is looking for one. He added lately that he would like "a car about 5/6 years old and up to 60k"


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday 18th December

First of all I need to explain about the two recent court cases involving Zurgena. There have been two cases which relate to our area.

The first was a case which ruled against the TH and the councillors/developers. The judge in this case before making his ruling decreed that he did not want to see any technical reports as he already had ones from the Economic Police and the Junta. He therefore chose to ignore reports from a technical architect from Malaga (an expert) and our own Architect. Both of these reports obviously set out the case for these areas to be considered part of the urban floor on land which was clearly urban e.g. within the boundaries of the norms as previously established. In this case they found negatively for the Town Hall. This is the case which got the publicity which stated that Candido was going to prison and could not hold Public Office for 13 years. This has obviously been appealed as not having taken consideration of the full facts. The next case probably shows how.

The second case which happened before the first, in fact on the 27th November, and the adjudicating Judge was Marta Inez Sierra LOPEZ. I have recorded her name as she is the first judge to sensibly apply a matter of fact, regarding urban land. This case relates to 3 small areas of Cucador, all of which fall within the boundaries of the old village. Her ruling refers to this fact and finds in favour of the Town Hall.
Judge Lopez basically has said the same as the TH has been saying for the past 8 yrs. These areas of Cucador are in  an urban nucleus because it is inside the norms of the village. Under this position under article 45 of the LOUA and as it has the necessary infrastructure it should be considered urban  This related to 3 areas one of which is the houses to the left of the rambla. The courts acutely ruled in our favour in 2012 but after Junta appeals and this latest re appeal it is now ruled that the urban floor is urban. 
This is a distinctly important ruling for our Town Hall as it sets a precedent which should apply to other cases. The Town Halls solicitors have been in contact with the National Spanish Press and asked them to start showing a more balanced view of reporting these cases and La Voz de Almeria has agreed to run an article about this ruling . So watch this space. (If anyone wishes to have a copy of the court ruling please just let me know. I did try to upload it to the last post but failed).

The PSOE controlled Junta still, unfortunately, maintain that other than the old centre of La Alfoquia all other areas are outside the norms e.g. acceptable urban floor. We can all see the ludicrous nature of that and hopefully now that Judge Lopez has examined this fact and found in our favour more similar rulings should follow.

I again raised the fact that we have not yet installed the street plans for Los Llanos and the pool area in La Alfoquia. Candido informed me that the big town hall lorry was broken but he would get them to use the smaller vehicles and get it installed next week.

We are working on a new rota for tidy ups across the municipality. It seems to me that at the moment we have a few Mayors and all are pulling the TH workers in different directions. So will try and get some sort of order to the rota for attention. It is this problem which has also caused the delay to the illumination of various street lights. I have also supplied the workers with a list of all the lights which you have reported as being in need of new bulbs.

Political posturing has started in earnest now in advance of the local elections next May. I suspect that the next ones are going to be quite interesting given that the main parties seem to have fractured.

Due to holidays etc this will probably (unless contacted with anything urgent) be the last post for 2014 and in view of that I wish you all a very happy Xmas and a great 2015.








Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Another Court Case in Favour of Zurgena TH


The below is the official sentence of Penal Court no 4 in Almeria, last month, regarding houses in Cucador. To cut to the meat of the sentence the named defendants were found not guilty of any offence with the Judge, as good as ruling, that the land was urban.
Sorry about this missing article. I will try and sort out and append later. Cannot find an easy way to transfer the whole document but this link should take you to the 5 page court judgement if you are interested. If this still presents problems please let me know. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B18vblLe-7D_bTZNQmYyMDVxNHM/view?usp=sharing

Spent 3 hours at a Pleno tonight the only point of interest really was the fact that we have agreed a new list of charges for documentation which the Town Hall provides and I will update the blog with the full list when I get it. The main one though would appear to be the Certificate de Antiquidad which may be reduced in cost to €50 but will confirm all prices etc and post.