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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas Holidays

Just finished work today for the holidays. I feel ready for a break especially when the Pleno meeting last night went on from 8.0pm until 11.30pm!!!

I am off until the 3rd January but will monitor my emails and if you have anything urgent please contact Jose Manuel on 687531499. I have also passed all my outstanding issues to him to monitor on my behalf.

Christmas wishes to all and hopes for a speedy resolution of our PGOU in 2017!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Post Storm & Mr Tims-Stekelbos

As you are probably aware the recent storm has led to another round of issues which require attention.

Firstly the Town Hall staff worked throughout the weekend to try and minimise the problems for residents. They were out day and night in the teeth of the storm. Councillors and our Mayor were out monitoring the situation throughout.

There are a large number of areas where the street lighting has got knocked out and the electrician is working his way around to checking all of them.

We have a number of other areas with more serious problems and we are prioritising what we can do and liaising with the regional authorities to try and get the help we need.

Lastly does anyone know a Mrs Tims-Stekelbos. She did a few years ago live in Avenida Europa 41 but no longer does. The current occupant has two important letters regarding pension and bank. If you know this woman please pass on the message or let me know.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Severe Weather Warning and Padron

The Spanish Weather Authority have issued an Orange alert for severe weather for a 48 hour period from 0800 today. It is for excessive rainfall with over 80mm expected to fall in any 12 hour period.

The Town Hall staff are working on plans for the security of the citizens.

Secondly and as importantly our numbers on the Padron have dropped below 3,000 and if that remains we lose quite a bit of money. If you are or you know someone living in our municipality (renting or new owner) who is not on the Padron please ask them to call in and register. All they need to do is to produce their passport or NIE and a copy of their rental agreement or purchase contract and we can then register them. Remember it is also important for the individual to be registered in order that they can do many things here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Time

As the Christmas season approaches we are enjoying many seasonal events. The Christmas market in the Renfe was great success on Sunday.

The church in Los Llanos del Peral is holding its annual Christmas carol service on the evening of the Monday 19th December at 6.0pm followed by mulled wine and mince pies. All are welcome. This is usually a well attended event.

Below are pictures of the churches 23 Christmas bags of food and surprises for the poor of the villages which the Town Hall will dispense during the coming week.

Also below are pictures of our Town Halls Nativity Scene (Belen) is now open to the Public and it is fantastic. If you are passing the Town Hall during the next few weeks pop in and go into the Pleno room (straight ahead as you enter the front office) and have a look. It is more impressive than many much bigger Town Halls.

Lastly thanks to Susan Ramsey (our brave lady from Los Carasoles) who made a gift of a wonderful wall hanging Christmas Tree which will hang in the Town Hall for many years. It is also on display in the main Town Hall reception area. Susan does make and sell them if you are interested please email me.

And if you have not done so yet please consider downloading the Mobile Phone Application ´Living Zurgena´ as this is the medium by which we can most easily transmit information. The application is available for all operating systems whether on iOS or Android. We have a small problem with the push notifications at the moment but the engineers are happy they will resolve that soon.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Winner Ruta de Tapas

The winner of the Ruta de Tapas de Zurgena 2016 was the Restaurant Kalevala. Congratulations to Ana and Sampo.

The winning completed Ruta de tapas passport was won by John and Lesley Booth of Cucador Norte.

We thought the event went very well and we will probably repeat it next year.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christmas Market

This coming Sunday 11th December the annual Spanish Christmas market is to be held in the Renfe building staring at 12 noon until 7.0pm.

Many local businesses will be represented and there are craft and artesian stalls with a variety of goods on sale.

For the children there will be face painting, trampolines, archery, artistic workshop, bouncy castle etc Competition for best Christmas costume. Papa Noel will make an appearance about 5.0pm.

There will also be a variety of activities for adults including relaxation techniques and a fashion show (which we are still looking for models for if you fancy it!)

There will also be free hot chestnuts.

1200 Inauguration and free activities such as pedal cars, archery, trampoloine and bouncy castle.
1230 to 2.0pm Face Painting and Christmas cards designing.
1.0pm Fashion show for men and women.
1600 Storytelling with free roasted chestnuts (free)
1700 Papa Noel (Santa Claus)
1800 Raffle with prizes from local businesses.

It should be a great afternoon so if you are free come along and support your local market.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Holidays this week

This week the Town Hall and banks will be closed tomorrow Tuesday 6th December (Constitution Day) and Thursday 8th December (Immaculate Conception).

Friday, December 2, 2016

Galasa Update

As many of you are aware there has been great uncertainty, regarding what was going to happen with Galasa, which has debts of 40 million euros. It was expected to go into bankruptcy on the 1st December.

However, following lengthy and protracted negotiations a plan has been agreed between all the political parties which, amongst other agreements, will ensure the continued supply to over 60,000 users and the employment of the existing workforce. 

There will be an adjustment of the monthly invoices but much less than was originally being sought. It should be in the region of 18% but we need to understand that no increases in the water tariff has occurred for some years. 

The Diputacion has committed to a multi annual investment of five million euros towards the repair and improvement of the existing water infrastructure.

A committee has also been established in which all political parties will participate and meet every 3 months with the remit of evaluating and improving the performance of the company.