New bins for the coast

The councillor for health in Orihuela, Luis Galiano, has reported that the Department of Health in Torrevieja has halved the time that medical care will be afforded in the clinic at Torremendo. The councillor says that the area has 2,000 registered residents, of which 1,100 have health cards, and reported that in June the intention was for a temporary reduction due to the summer months, “but we now know that the situation is final”, he explained. From now on, patients will be dealt with from 8:30 until 11:30, rather than closing at 3pm, as previous, which the councillor has blamed on the department in Torrevieja, looking to “save money from whatever”. A campaign against the reduction has already gained 723 signatures, with the Orihuela town hall stating that they would “support you, whatever it takes”.

The Orihuela council approved a grant of 50,000 euro this week, all to go towards helping purchasing school supplies for students in the second cycle of primary education during the next year. In addition, the mayor, Monserrate Guillén, also said that a sum of 22,800 euro has been allocated towards health related community based projects, including awards towards projects for cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, home care and more.

The department of beaches and international residents, responsible for matters relating to the Orihuela Costa, has completed the purchase of 65 additional waste containers to be placed in strategic locations across the area. There will be an extra 50 of the containers which have a single opening at the top, the typical green coloured bins used for community waste, as well as 15 of the larger sized bins, which typically have a foot press to open the doors at the top. The majority have already been sited on the streets of Campoamor, Aguamarina, Mil Palmeras and Cabo Roig, with the rest following as soon as they are delivered. In total, the purchase price of these containers is 20,276 euro.

Orihuela Town Hall has signed a collaboration agreement with the Provincial Archaeological Museum of Alicante, the MARQ, with the town hall purchasing 2,200 tickets, worth 3,300 euro, to be used by school children of the municipality to visit the institution and an exhibition related to the archaeology of the capital of the region, along with local heritage pieces.

The dramatized tours organized by the Department of Culture in Orihuela city have far surpassed the number of anticipated visitors, with one date alone, the 8th of August, seeing 38 adults and 16 children, some from as far away as Barcelona and Madrid, as well as more local visitors, being taken around by a costumed guide. As a result of the popularity, the department has had to increase the maximum number of people per route 50, in order to meet the demands. Reservations must be made in advance, through the tourism department, who are already looking at expanding the service even further.

The Spanish National American Football team have been training in Orihuela this week, with 45 members of the team and technicians, as well as their family members, having stayed at the Palacio de Tudemir hotel, whilst training at the Los Arcos sports centre in the city in preparation for the European championships to be held in Milan.

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