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Taxi Fines

A number of taxi drivers from Orihuela, Benidorm and Santa Pola are complaining that they have received 750 euro fines for visiting Alicante-Elche airport too often. Taxis from outside the Elche jurisdiction were limited...

”WHAT’S COOKING” FOR ELCHE CHILDREN?

Last Saturday some of the young people from The Children’s Care Home in Elche, joined patrons at Restaurante El Alto La Dolores, in a ‘cook your own’ BBQ. 128 people attended, and were encouraged to cook their own meat on the BBQ, although there was h…

FIVE FLOORS OF A BUILDING COLLAPSE IN ELCHE

The subsidence affected only the left wing of the block

A building collapsed in the Elche neighbourhood of Carrus on Monday in dramatic fashion when the top floor of a 5 floor apartment block fell into the flat below. The weight of the rubble then caused each of the subsequent floors to drop into the one below and amazingly, despite many of the properties being occupied, there was not a single injury.

An appearance of a large hole in the roof of the top floor apartment was thought to be the result of a possible landslide in the 50 years old building. It was only when a thunderous crash caused by the first ceiling falling through alerted the residents who were all then thankfully able to leave the premises before the final collapse.

The subsidence affected only the left wing of the block. Initially a part tiled roof fell through the ceiling of the top floor flat into the lounge area. Soon afterwards, this also gave way and came cascading down to the ground floor. The debris also broke the door of the garage and spilled out into the street.

A spokesman said that as far as he was aware the issue may have originated in the beams supporting the top floor ceiling although a structural engineer in attendance said that it was too early to be talking about causes.

“I have seen the wreckage and was a miracle that there were no injuries” said one emergency coordinator, Manuela Mora, who traveled to the site.

Ten residents of the building, six adults and four children, were moved to a hostel close last nigby the municipal services while the rest of the occupants were taken in by relatives.

None of the residents were able to access their homes to collect personal belongings, whilst the area remained cordoned off pending the decision by the municipal officers on the state of the structure.
Two cars in the street below were also damaged by falling debris, a BMW 220 and an Opel Zafira.

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RECORD EASTER FOR HOTELIERS

The Benidorm skyline where business has been particularly good

Hoteliers and restaurateurs in the province said they felt “very positive” after the first major holiday period of the year, in which hotel occupancy had actually touched 100% in Benidorm.

Hosbec president, Toni Mayor, said that in many other areas the occupation rate was up to 98% and it had been a ‘spectacular week’ for restaurants, cafes and many other hospitality-related businesses, ‘the best Easter in the last 10 years bringing over 40 million euros into the local economy.’

Of the total expenditure, 55-60 percent was in the coastal province of Alicante, which, according to the Minister of Economy, Industry, Tourism and Employment, Maximo Buch, reached an average occupancy of 85 percent, who has expressed “satisfaction” with the results achieved in the number of travelers and overnight stays, an increase of almost a five percent over the same period last year.

The Minister said that Easter “is often a barometer of the upcoming summer season, for which we now have high expectations in terms of travelers, overnight stays and tourist spending.”

He also praised “the positive impact the occupancy rate has had on employment generation, which will help consolidate the good results already achieved in the province during the first two months of the year, with over 58,500 employed in the tourism industry, 7% more than the same period last year. “

Buch made the remarks during his visit to the Escuela de Hostelería de Elche, launched by the local council last March. He praised the school saying that the initiative “is an example of how such training can help create job opportunities, placing them within the leading tourism activities that create employment.”

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NEW MOTORBIKES FOR ELCHE POLICE

The local police in Elche are celebrating, having taken delivery of 14 new motorbikes.
Five of the bikes are being assigned to the “urban mobility” section, which deals with such matters as parking and can be frequently seen not only in th…

THE LADY OF ELCHE MAY RETURN SOON

The director of the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid, Andrew Carter, has said that he considers it “reasonable” that within the next term of four years they will once again approve the relocation of the bust, “Dama de Elche&r…

MORE AIRPORT HOME SOUNDPROOFING

The Spanish airport authority, AENA, has plans to soundproof another 500 homes during this year, most of which are in the vicinity of the Alicante-Elche airport and its flight paths.
This latest announcement adds to the 2,001 properties already sound…

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