October 2017 news headlines

"Minister's House" on the Arenal point to remain private for at least another 75 years

Oct 30th
In 1959, Xàbia Town Hall sold several coastal plots to influential Francoist politicians. Among them was Navarro Rubio, Minister of Finance between 1957 and 1965 and governor of the Bank of Spain from that year until 1970. He built what is commonly known as "The Minister's House" on the tip of the point, next to the Parador. It had been hoped that it would come into public ownership in 2018, however, new provisions from the National Government mean that it has a further 75 year private concession. From: La Marina Plaza.

Xàbia Charter signed

Oct 30th
The Xàbia Mediterranean Forum concluded last week with the reading of a declaration - 'the Xàbia Charter' - in which the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia expressed its commitment to implementing policies that seek a more sustainable tourism model, balancing the protection of the local culture and landscape with economic success: "Tourism should be synonymous with prosperity without have to regret anything".
The policy document outlines a necessity to take a responsible attitude to protect the wealth and heritage of the Mediterranean without damaging the tourist industry so that the area remains a privileged place. A second document was signed during this special seminar when Xàbia became the epicentre of responsible tourism planning and this was a further commitment by the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia to work to obtain Biosphere Responsible Tourism certification from the Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI). See the English language dossier on: http://agenda21-xabia.wikidot.com/mediterranean-forum-2017 Visit the Official website: Mediterranea Xabia Forum (Ed's note: a report on some of this to follow)

Record amount of glass collected for recycling this summer

Oct 26th
Almost 680 metric tons of glass was recycled by bars, restaurants and residents during the summer, a rise of 3% on the same period in 2016. Ecovidrio, the non-profit organisation responsible for the management of recycled glass in Xàbia, has recognised the commitment of the town's businesses and residents towards recycling by awarding the Ayuntamiento de Xàbia its prestigious 'Iglú Verde' award which was collected by councillor Doris Courcelles (Environment). According to data provided by Ecovidrio, 678 metric tons were collected during the summer, a period when some 30% of the annual total is deposited for recycling. 65 restaurants were participating in the recycling campaign, an important fact given that the hospitality sector generates some 50% of the single-use container waste. Some 36 containers have been delivered adapted to the needs of these businesses and the frequency of collection have been increased to adequately manage the increase of activity in this sector. With regards to 2016, businesses and residents of Xàbia recycled a total of 1,698,130 kilograms of glass, an average of 62.4 kilograms per person. Ecovidrio reported that Xàbia has one container per 113 residents, a total of 242 green igloos for the collection of glass. Full story from Javeamigos

Work on news auditorium to start soon

Oct 24th
The Xàbia town hall has this week selected the company that will be tasked with building one of the most important and iconic projects of the current legislature: the construction of a new municipal auditorium. Fifteen construction companies bid for the project with Joca, Ingeniería y Construcciones, a company with 35 years of experience in construction both in Europe and South America, offering the best option with a budget proposal of 2,395,000 euros, a 900,000 euro reduction on the original estimated budget of 3.3 million euros. Aside the proposing a lower budget to complete the project, the company also met two further requirements: a reduction of the planned completion period to 16 months, and the installation of a magnetic or inductive loop, an audio system that allows sound to be picked up by hearing aids and cochlear implants, therefore making the auditorium accessible to the hard of hearing. The Council has requested from the Universidad Politéncica de València to oversee that the building guarantees good acoustics. It will have a seating capacity for 524 people on a single floor with six of those seats adapted for people with reduced mobility and their companions. The 17m x 11m stage area has been approved to form part of the CulturArts theatrical circuit. The building will also have administration office, ticket office and toilets along with a basement with a multipurpose use room, a rehearsal room and dressing rooms as well as service lifts. The main access will be from the square in front of the Conservatorio de Música. for full story see: Javeamigos

Drought officially ends: Marina Alta second wettest Valencian region last year

Oct 10th
In this hydrological year it rained 45% more in the Marina Alta than its annual average since 1980. at 715 l / m2, certainly the highest in the entire Region. This is good, but not extraordinary. One should not get carried away with optimism, beacuse, although there have been local works to manage water supply such as the Teulada-Benitatxell consortium, the Vall del Pop and Xàbia and its agreement with the irrigators of Pedreguer. But regional infrastructure of reservoirs and interconnected water piping remain lacking , as does a method of selling Xàbia's desalination plant surplus water to neighbouring municipalities. From: La Marina Plaza

Festival Save Posidonia to raise our consciousness

Oct 10th
The island of Formentera launches a brand new four-day event called Festival Save Posidonia which kicks off from Thursday 12 October. The festival aims to raise awareness of the importance of the sea grass that gives the island its crystal-clear waters with a raft of activities and cultural events. A raft of aquatic adventures on the sea can be had with kayak, windsurfing, kite surfing and Stand up Paddle (SUP) boarding as part of the Formentera Blue experience. A total of 25 works of art will be on display featuring local and national artists and world-famous ones For those wishing to learn more, a series of workshops in the island's capital of San Francisco (Sant Francesc), including a musical one, is designed to help people understand the value of Posidonia as well as understand what can be done to protect it. From:Ibiza spotlight

Experts warn of growing environmental aggression in the Cova Tallada and the "Penyasegats"

Oct 1st
2017 has been another very difficult summer for the Cova Tallada, the unique place shared by the coastlines of Dénia and Xàbia. The cave has once again suffered the "same overcrowding" as last year, which is not good news for this cathedral of rock located on the edge the marine reserve of the cape of Sant Antoni and whose environmental balance has long been suffering due to the tourist pressure. There were some positives, such as a decreased number of organised Kayak excursions, but there was an increase in individual kayaks and hikers, including three bus-loads on September 23rd (maximum number of people in a group without permission is 30). There have also been some unusual activities, such as feeding the fish, climbing the walls on tapes like in a circus and rapelling. There's also the craze of "coastering" walking along the base of the cliffs at sea-level - an activity which can damage sea life such as the "vermiculat" from : La Marina Plaza.


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