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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Manifesto Ideas

After many meetings over the past 2 weeks in Almeria and locally I have some interesting news about the upcoming elections to explain to you in the next day or two. Some of you who read the Spanish press may already have an idea but I will need to do a separate post to fully explain it.

However, in the meantime, I am attending a meeting next weekend at which the manifesto, for the party which I will be supporting, is to be discussed. This is therefore a request for you to all send me your ideas as to what you think should be included in the manifesto. So please give it some thought and if you have any ideas that you would like considered please send me an email and I promise I will put it on the table, for consideration.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Carboneras Trip

Well from the general feedback I received I think that on balance most of the 38 people present on yesterdays trip to Carboneras, enjoyed it.

This being despite the usual hiccups of trips in Spain, such as the windmill museum not being open due to a dispute between the builder who renovated it and the Town Hall, and the fact that the english speaking tour guide, did not speak english!!

However we managed and visited the unique historic windmill on the front. A tour of the Castle where there was a great exhibition of old photographs of the area which most people found interesting and then on to lunch in Donde Caparros. This restaurant on the Paseo Maritime at Carboneras served us a good meal with plenty of wine and beer flowing.

Thanks to those who came along and made it such an enjoyable day.

I hope to be able to reveal the result of the political negotiations after the weekend.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Not Here for the 24th May?

If for any reason you are not going to be in Spain on election day, Sunday the 24th May you can register to have a postal vote.

All that is required is that you call into any Post Office here with identification and explain that you want a ¨solicito el voto por correo ¨. They will hand you a document which you need to complete and return to the Post Office. If you wish to make your voice count and I can assure you this election may be the most important of all our time here, then please ensure you can vote. Once you get the document if you want any help in completing it just let me or Andreas in the Town Hall know. Once the application is complete you will receive at your Spanish address the necessary paperwork. There will be pamphlets for each party and a slip for each party. You place the slip of the party you wish to vote for in the small envelope and that goes inside the big envelope with a form of accreditation (also included) and send in.

The closing date for applications is 14th May but earlier the better.

Any problems or queries please email or ring.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Election Negotiations

At this time there are numerous negotiations going on in advance of the local elections in May.  These discussions involve all the main political parties.

I am not at liberty to disclose what, or how, these negotiations are going, but, suffice it to say, they may have a big bearing on our main concerns in this municipality. I should know more clearly how the negotiations have gone and what the outcome of these is in a few days and rest assured, as soon as I can publish any facts, I will do so. So its watch this space.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tuesday 7th April

Well I am sure many of you will have noticed the increase in obvious works going on across the municipality. And in all other municipalities! Some of this is due to the completion of projects which Partido Andalucista (P.A.) promised at the last elections but also others are (as is usual prior to an election) completed to garner support.

It would appear that despite all the discussions we, by that I mean the party which has supported the expat community for the past 8 years by listening to it and involving myself on the council and others in decision making processes, will be contesting the election as our own party P.A.

There was consideration being given to our forming various alliances with other political parties but, when we looked at what was best for our community the only really good option was to continue as Partido Andalucista and to involve ,as much as is possible, the best people to continue the work. I hope to be able to stand on the Partido Andalucista list but in a position out of the top 5 or 6. I also hope that those persons, who I have found, worked hardest to achieve things for our community also put themselves forward to be included again on the list for P.A. That way we can be sure of good progression on all fronts. It would be great to see that the party which has achieved so much over the past 8 years enjoy a period in power when they actually have a bit of money! The first tranche if the IBI money from the Junta should be arriving soon.

We do have one problem and that is a lack of ladies to support the party. We could ideally do with 2 ex-pat ladies who are willing for their names to be added to the party list. The amount of work involved is (dependant on the individuals desire, minimal), possibly attending a couple of meetings. If anyone would like to consider this and wants any clarification please give me a call 661147554 or drop me an email. It would be really worthwhile for our part of the community to have such support. 
Please give this really serious thought as it could have a big impact on our Town Hall and its services.

In relation to the works going on, we have a number of projects nearing completion and obviously as and when they are completed we will publicise the fact. I also went round with my open list of issues which need attention and made sure that the workers know of what and where these issues are and they will work them all as they can. I am quite hopeful that all will either be completed or nearly completed within the next 3 to 4 weeks.

I have asked that when they start the work on Calle Finlandia if there is a necessity to block the road that the workers inform the residents. So hopefully if it is necessary they will!

One of the projects nearing completion but not yet there is the sewerage paperwork from Los Llanos down to the dipuradora below Cucador Norte. The main pipe are in but the connections and tarmac remedial work will take place over the next 2 to 3 weeks. This includes connecting the pipe in Calle Abderraman to the new junctions.

As usual any questions do not hesitate to ask.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Update Tuesday 31st March

At last managed to get a substantial meeting with Candido this morning. The problem for him has been in getting time free from the various (and believe me very complicated) negotiations going on in advance of the local Elections in May. The horse trading etc is to be seen to be believed!

Anyway first things first. The PGOU. The junta waited until the last minute of the last day to return our PGOU with a list of about 4 issues which they required changing. These changes (and believe it or not one of those changes was to ensure that all the pages in each part of the document were numbered!) were all attended to the same day and returned to the Junta the same day. We now await their approval. The process now is that the Junta have to pass the plan to a commission (which they set up) who give final assent to the document. We do not envisage any more issues and expect the plan to be agreed by this commission. We had originally hoped that it would be in April but being a little sceptical I think mid May is more likely.

We are still awaiting a response to an inform we asked for which could help the situation regrading the court cases.

I told Candido that the AUAN were again circulating details of his next case to be heard in the Criminal Court No 2 at Almeria on the 15th and 17th April. he looked at the paperwork and confirmed that this was one of the outstanding cases which surprise surprise are being represented just before the elections AGAIN!! The case refers to a piece of land upon which there are no houses but which had been divided into plots on our old plan. So he was surprised to see this being circulated as it has no bearing on any residents and would appear to be just another one of those used to stymie Political parties other than the PSOE.

W are trying to get the contract for the bowling green signed off so that we can start to use it, even if we cannot get it fully operational as a club in the near future. I know a couple of people have informed me they know where the basic equipment can be obtained from for a good price. If you do please let me know. Partido Andalucista (which is the party I have been associated with for the past 8 years) is responsible for getting this investment in the green and we would like to hold some sort of competition, albeit without all the infrastructure, in the next few weeks. So if you know of somewhere or someone who could provide the basic equipment please get in touch.

The work on repairing Calle Finlandia will start after the easter holidays as will the work on the end of Calle Escocia. As regular readers will know the reason for the delay has been the difficulty in the TH getting the necessary funds from Madrid.

The previous list I gave to Candido regarding areas wanting tidying up etc is being worked through as is the minor repairs to roads etc. Please bear with us as there is a lot to attend to.

The situation with Tanatorio remains the same, which is that there is no electricity supply and there is an internal political situation which is restricting us from getting this sorted.

We then had a lengthy discussion about movements and thoughts about the compilation of the lists of candidates for the various parties for the upcoming local elections. Until the horse trading is complete it would not be appropriate to decide which party I would support. Suffice it to say that I cannot see myself in anyway supporting PSOE who have and continue (as far as Zurgena is concerned) to cause us many problems and restrictions. We are winning these battles, particularly in the courts, and it looks now as if we may see the end of these spurious actions before too long. This fact is enhanced by the cases that we have recently won with good clear rulings in support of the TH actions at the time.

As usual any questions or queries please just email or call.

Friday, March 27, 2015

One More Day one More Frustration

Sorry folks. I tried again today to speak to those who matter but failed, as no one showed up. This is getting very annoying again!! I keep promising people that I will get answers but when I try to speak with Candido, or sometimes others, I fail. Apologies to all who were waiting answers I will keep trying until I get the questions answered.

This is now two weeks since I spoke with anyone but I bet they will want to speak to me nearer the elections. It does reinforce my determination to finish my role within the Town Hall by the end of May e.g. at the next election.

As an aside it does appear that we will be able to do the trip to Carboneras on the 16th April but we are a few short of the numbers we had hoped to get. If you know of anyone who may be interested in the trip please let them know and ask them to either contact myself or Noelia in the Town Hall. I think it is excellent value for a day out at €25 including the services of the guide, the coach and the 4 course meal. Please spread the word.