Local Daily News 30th July

Alicante leads water management with a decrease in use of 6%, while in Elche it increases by 3%

The municipality of Alicante has been leading the ranking of the coastal and most populous municipalities in the province supplied by the Commonwealth of Canales del Taibilla for two years, which best manages the water supply, after reducing consumption by 5.75%, according to the balance made public by the Commonwealth for the past two years. Specifically, Alicante consumed 21.1 hm³ of water in 2021, compared to 22.4 hm³ in 2020. As for the total average, the decrease was 1.07%, but there was growth in consumption in Guardamar (3 .7%), Elche (2.7%) and Santa Pola (2.43%). The Commonwealth of Taibilla allocated 61.9 hm³ last year to the supply of the 35 municipalities of the province to which it supplies water, compared to 62.3 hm³ in 2020.

On the other hand, the balance of drinking water consumption in the coastal municipalities of Alicante supplied by the Mancomunidad de los Canales del Taibilla (MCT) shows a slight monthly decrease in consumption. Specifically, 1.07% in Alicante, Pilar de la Horadada, Orihuela, Torrevieja, Guardamar del Segura, Elche and Santa Pola. In total, 673,758 cubic metres (m3) less in consumption, going from 62,630,776 m3 distributed in July and August 2020 to 61,957,018 m3 supplied last summer.

The president of the MCT, Francisca Baraza, specifies that “drinking water consumption tends to increase every summer in the coastal towns of the province of Alicante, according to the data recorded for the months of July and August of the last four years The restrictions adopted to stop the pandemic reduced the usual influx of tourists to these coastal areas during last summer. Despite this, we confirm the tendency to normalise supply after the first year of the pandemic, given that the average consumption in these areas during the last four summers has been 7,130,330 m3, so the figure recorded in 2021 is within the consumption standard in the area”.

On the other hand, the president of the Diputación, Carlos Mazón, has stated this Friday that the Provincial Water Commission has begun to prepare technical studies to evaluate in depth the impacts of hydrological planning in the province. These reports, moreover, will serve as the basis for contentious-administrative appeals that could be filed in the future against those decisions that, such as the increase in the ecological flows of the Tagus, harm the interests of the territory.

This was agreed at the meeting of the Water Table in which the president of the Provincial Council, Carlos Mazón, has defended that “in the face of the capricious cuts of the Tajo Segura that have been adopted by the central government in recent years, The province of Alicante is working rigorously to put technical criteria on the table that guarantee, with data, the damage and the negative impact, both environmental and socioeconomic, that these decisions have for the province of Alicante”.

The increase in ecological flows, which in practice invalidates the Tajo-Segura transfer, or the modifications with respect to the agreements previously adopted for the Júcar-Vinalopó transfer, which is now left over from the basin and with an unviable economic regime, These are some of the issues that will be addressed in these technical reports in which the impact of these measures in the Spanish southeast will be analysed in detail and with maximum rigour.

A working group, within the framework of the Provincial Water Commission, will be in charge of preparing this documentation, which will also be used to defend the position of the province in the dialogue that may be established with the Hydrographic Confederations and with the Ministry of Transition Ecological.

The second vice president and deputy for the Water Cycle, Ana Serna, explained at the end of the meeting that this agreement will be sent to all the members of the water table that have not attended today’s session, as is the case of the Generalitat Valencian.

Likewise, in the Requests and Questions section, it has also been agreed to submit a request to the Generalitat so that it informs the Provincial Water Commission about the status of the processing of the appeal that the Valencian regional administration presented against the Royal Decree approved by the Council of Ministers by which the exploitation regulations of the Tajo-Segura were modified, reducing from 38 to 27 hm3 the amount that can be transferred in Level 2. The objective of this petition is also to know the arguments used by the Generalitat in this resource “to know what line of defence has been followed and, in this way, to be able to coordinate better”, indicated Serna.

A 71-year-old man sexually assaults a young woman who fell asleep on a bus on the Crevillent-Alicante line

A 71-year-old man has been arrested by the Elche Local Police after a complaint of alleged sexual assault filed by a young woman with whom he shared a bus that was traveling between Crevillent and Alicante. The patrol was requested by the victim who got out of the vehicle and verified that this person got out after her.

The events occurred on the afternoon of the 25th when a patrol was commissioned at the bus station itself by a girl. According to the young woman, during the journey she had been touched on the breasts by one of the travellers taking advantage of the fact that she had fallen asleep. Upon waking up she noticed the contact and feeling intimidated she did not alert anyone. When getting off at the bus station in Elche, this person followed her, increasing her fear, but noticing the presence of a police crew very close to her, so she decided to contact them and inform them of everything. happened.

The alleged perpetrator left the scene, although the young woman was able to provide a detailed description and a photograph. The search began and the description of him was passed on to the rest of the patrols in the area, the man was located, who came to ask the agents if they wanted him for “what happened on the bus.” The person involved pointed out that it had been the girl who leant her breast on his hand, which he leaned on the armrest, not being his intention at any time to touch her.

On another note, a Local Police patrol arrested a man on the afternoon of July 17th for an alleged crime against public health after finding 40 grams of hashish inside a backpack at a checkpoint and control of people and vehicles at the access to El Pinet beach in La Marina.

The agents, who first stopped a vehicle which did not stop until a few metres later, observed how the driver hastily handed over the backpack with the hashish to one of the three minors who accompanied him. Faced with this situation, the person involved explained to the agents that he had bought the substance to be consumed by several people.

The man was arrested for an alleged crime against public health and the minors were left in the custody of the person designated by the person involved.

Green light of the environmental report for 10 towers of up to 23 floors in Los Náufragos

The Urban Planning area of ​​the Torrevieja City Council has issued an environmental and territorial resolution favourable to the construction of 10 towers in front of Los Náufragos beach. The project, officially “distribution area number 82, Puerto la Sal”, promoted by the commercial company Puente La Sal Inversiones, is on public display. The report of the General Director of Urban Planning indicates that among the compensatory measures is that of not casting shadows on the beach between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at any time of the year, an issue that is included in the specific modification number 52 of the PGOU.

Precisely, this was one of the biggest drawbacks of the project. In fact, the construction company offers three building alternatives, betting on the third, since it is the only one that does not cast shadows. Thus, it gains one more tower – initially there were 9 – to compensate for the fact that the heights of the buildings in the front line are lowered, which at the same time are delayed until they occupy a position as far apart as possible from the front of the plot. This lower height and recessed position, explains the plan, “radically reduces the shade on Los Náufragos”.

In this space, the four towers would have eight floors, “similar to the maximum height allowed in the urban area of ​​the city”, continues the project, and the buildability is concentrated on the other plots, also delaying their position and forming six towers: three of up to 23 floors for residential and 11 floors for hotel use and another three in the back of the action (two of up to 23 floors, one for residential use and another for hotel use, and another with 14 plants for residential use). At this point, the Urbanism report indicates that “the solution envisaged does not meet the minimum standard of 30% of hotel buildability, which must be corrected.”

“With this model, it is possible to subtract and reduce the visual impact of the skyline with a lower height facing the sea, while generating a continuous, accessible and livable organic space of an interior urban plaza and achieving a large maritime plaza,” underlines the planning, which also emphasises “giving this area a more pedestrian identity”, by eliminating architectural barriers and improving accessibility, constituting “the creation of an integrated urban recreation area, with much greater efficiency for the intended public use”.

As for the green area of ​​transfer, of 14,035 square metres, Urban Planning states that it has conditions (State Highways and Coasts) that have not been contemplated, so it should be taken into account in the drafting of the plan proposal. This area is located 600 metres from the urban plan, on a plot delimited by the N-332, Urbano Arregui street, the old train track and the Acequión canal, as well as by the courtyard of the El Acequión school and with the street City of Barcelona.

In addition to requiring that he must provide a study of rainwater and the authorizations of the discharge points, Víctor Costa, general director of Urban Planning, resolves in the report that «the urban singularity presented by the location of the distribution area 82 requires expanding the scope of study to assess the impact of the action on the surrounding urban fabric and thus define in greater detail the improvements that are required for proper integration.

It is one of the high-rise building projects that have been presented in recent years to benefit from two specific modifications of the planning of Torrevieja: typological freedom and hotel use in the urban area. Both allow bypassing the general limitation of six heights that has been in force since 1986 if part of the construction is intended for temporary accommodation. This Sunday there is a concentration at 7:00 p.m. against another of them, that of the Baraka towers that are located between the Doña Sinforosa park and the Acequión canal.

The province of Alicante registers the first death from monkeypox in Spain

The Ministry of Health has confirmed the first death in Spain from monkeypox, specifically in the Valencian Community, according to the Ministry of Health.

This death occurred at the Hospital de Sant Joan and its cause was encephalitis associated with the infection, although the case is being analysed to determine definitive confirmation of the cause of death. The deceased is a man around 40 years old, as confirmed by health sources, who have also indicated that he was admitted to the ICU.

Until this Friday, a total of 4,298 confirmed cases have been reported in our country, according to data from the National Epidemiological Surveillance Network (RENAVE).

Of the 3,750 infected for whom information is available, one hundred and twenty were hospitalised (3.2%) and one died, becoming the first fatality in Spain from this disease, before which the WHO has declared an international health emergency.

The Coordination Centre for Health Alerts and Emergencies has released this Friday the latest data collected on people infected in our country with monkeypox.

Specifically, of the total confirmed cases, more than 4,000 were men and only 64 women, and the age ranges between 10 months and 88 years, with an average age of 37 years.

According to these data, 3,458 were men who have sex with men (of the 4,148 patients for whom this type of information is available). Information is also available on the most likely transmission mechanism in 2,253 cases, 82.1% being through close contact in the context of a sexual relationship and 10.5% through close non-sexual contact.

In relation to attendance at mass events, of the 3,137 cases with information on this variable, 560 attended an event on the dates prior to the onset of symptoms.

The notified cases come from 17 Autonomous Communities: Madrid 1,656, Catalonia 1,406 (1,256 cases are included in the SiViES notification platform), Andalusia 498, Comunitat Valenciana 213, Canarias 102, País Vasco 98, Baleares 89, Aragón 45 and Galicia 37.

The Valencian Community has exceeded 200 cases of monkeypox after confirming 43 new positives since the last update last Tuesday. As reported by the Ministry of Health, there are 205 cases detected in the Community, 101 in the province of Valencia, 89 in Alicante and 3 in Castellón, as well as 12 non-residents.

They are followed by Asturias 36, Castilla y León 31, Castilla-La Mancha 23, Extremadura 20, Murcia 19 and Cantabria 15, Navarra 8 and La Rioja 2

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