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Friday 1 August 2014 Events Guide

ALL WEEK ALICANTE MARQ Archaeological museum – Exhibition – “Deltebre I. History of a shipwreck” displaying artefacts rescued from a British navy ship which was sunk in the mouth of the Ebro in 1813...


The mayor inaugurating the sculpture “La Segregación Pilareña”

The sustained and relentless development that Pilar de la Horadada is currently experiencing is nothing more than a reflection of the enterprising nature of the people who live there, progress that is still being forged by a succession of historical events.

But the growth and improvements that are being achieved in the town are neither because of chance or as a quirk of fate, it is progress that is being forged primarily because of the fight for independence by this small corner of the Mediterranean, an area that was abandoned for decades as a minor district of Orihuela.

Almost 30 km from the Orihuela seat of government, Pilar de la Horadada was disregarded. It was never considered as an area worthy of investment with the distant councilors paying little regard to its its economic and social needs. The locals paid disproportionate taxes and the improvements and maintenance to its infrastructures were kept to a minimum.

But after 5 decades of struggle, which first started in 1936, and which included riots, demonstrations, closures of the N332 and even the bricking up of the municipal office, the provincial and autonomous authorities finally approved a decree granting Pilar de la Horadada’s segregation on 30 July 1986.

Every year since then, on the date that was immediately declared as a public holiday, the townsfolk celebrate their creation and their segregation, although at the ceremony held last week at la Casa de Cultura, the current mayor, Jose Fidel Ros, said that it felt like a very long time ago,

“But now we have our history, our geographical environment and our very own defined identity, which after 26 fruitful years, gets ever stronger as time goes by.”

During the event, the mayor paid tribute to the farmers of the town who he said were the cornerstone of the economy of the municipality, with the evolution of Pilar de la Horadada irretrievably linked to it’s agricultural development.

Among the attendees, the Vice President of the Council of Alicante, D. César Asencio, welcomed and congratulate the first residents of the municipality, while the Councillor for Culture, Benjamín Fraile, took the opportunity to share with the audience the important work by his Department many different companies that had forged external collaborations with the townsfolk of Pilar de la Horadada.

During the event he made mention of a new publication issued by the Cultural Department entitled “Agricultura: un tesoro pilareño”. “Agriculture: A Pilareño treasure.” The author, director of the Casa de Cultura, Maria Garcia, thanked all those people who shared their memories and photographs with her which had enabled the publication of this new book

The day was also used to inaugurate the sculpture “La Segregación Pilareña” (The Segregation of Pilar), a work acquired by the City in 2011 which was donated by sculptor Ribera Girona, who, for his contribution, was presented with a golden shield of Pilar de la Horadada by the mayor José Fidel Ros.

Mayor Fidel Ros said that the town will continue to grow by taking “courageous decisions in difficult times”, and through the efforts of the government team all pilareños will soon be able to enjoy a reduction in some taxes such as IBI and capital gains.

He also pointed out the continued improvement in the education of our children, a new classroom block at the Institute, additional school transport, and additional study rooms while at the same time continuing to support local charities “because we are united with the people who are most in need.”

The event was also used to present various awards and prizes organized by the Department of Culture. One such presentation was to the winner of the III graffiti contest held on 13 July at la Rambla de la playa Los Jesuitas, in Torre de la Horadada. The first prize of 400 euros was awarded to Abel Hernandez and Rosa Arenas, while the € 100 second prize went to Fernando César.

Prizes were also awarded for the III outdoor painting competition, in collaboration with the Director of Caja Rural, Pedro Martínez Zapata. Of the 9 artists who participated, and whose works can be seen at the exhibition hall in the Casa de Cultura, the second prize of 300 € was made to Francisco Carpena Muñoz, while Alberto Márquez Ruiz won the first prize 600 € .

Finally the results of the jury’s III Municipality of Pilar de la Horadada Sonnets Contest, in which 26 poets presented 36 sonnets, were announced.
M ª Pilar Marqués Celma, entry entitled: “Torre del Conde” received the third prize, while “Pilar de la Horadada, Land of Light,” by Silvia Lemus took second prize with Manuel Terrín Benavides: “Stamp from the Pico Alcores” won the first prize. All of the sonnets will be published in a book later in the year.

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Albeit rather a rather tentative start, there is no doubt that the recovery in the Costa Blanca construction industry is beginning to take off.

This can be seen in virtually every statistical indicator including the improved social security figures recorded in the province in recent months.

In the first half of the year, there are 468 more employed persons (many of them self employed, in all subsectors of the construction). Alicante is now showing itself to be the most active province within the autonomous regime.

The Social Security Department say that they are experiencing increased contributions from Alicante construction workers, well above those shown in Valencia (130) and Castellón (2), where an increase of 468 contributors have been recorded in the first half of the year contrasted to the 568 contributors that were lost on the Costa Blanca during the first six months of 2013

The improvement was also confirmed last Wednesday by the Association of Professional Workers and Entrepreneurs of the Autonomous Region of Valencia (UATAE) who say that with 34,792 members their figures for Alicante show an increase of 601 personnel in construction.

What is also evident in the province is the number of seemingly derelict and abandoned building sites that are once again being worked on as scaffolding and safety netting is once again going up all along the coast.

According to information released by the Association of Surveyors (Coaata), the demand on employees from this professional group has now also returned to levels seen before the economic crisis.

With 809 sites showing activity with reforms, restoration and maintenance of homes and buildings of all kinds up to 31 May, the figure is almost back to the 2008 levels when 817 sites were being worked at.

The industry seems to be waking up in the province, as shown by the official records published by the Association of Surveyors. In the first quarter they have granted permission for 600 new homes, a figure that may rise to around 1500 by the end of the year.

These are numbers still well short of the 55,000 homes that were built in the Costa Blanca in the boom of 2004 and 2005, but they represent a clear change of pace.

A similar pace was also recorded by the ratings agency Standard & Poors in a new report released on Tuesday which predicts that house prices in Spain will climb by at least 2 percent in 2016. S&P believe that while properties in Spain have fallen by around 30 percent since the country’s economic crisis hit in 2008, the recovery is coming.

The positive outlook stems from “the faster than expected” recovery of the Spanish economy and a subsequent quicker “fall in unemployment” rates, the agency says.

“We have seen a change in trends in the Spanish property market in the last 12 months with the arrival of British and US property funds,” said Madrid-based real estate expert Eduardo Molet.

“British funds in particular are taking advantage of the offers in the Spanish property market, and they are here to stay,” he added, “with real estate near the coast and in the bigger cities rebounding much faster than elsewhere.”

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At the 12th meeting of the Environmental Monitoring Commission, which took place on Tuesday, AENA has approved spending of more than 800,000 euros for sound insulation in those homes close to the Alicante-Elche airport.
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