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Erikk

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Re: Meeting with the mayor of Vera
« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2010, 04:29:02 PM »
You are right Pamnbru that the beach at other part of the ramblas (so further down than the Desert Springs villas)  belongs to the council of Cuevas. Although overthere is also a sign that it is forbidden to park cars and campers we settle already that people will live up to this rule at the Vera part of the beach, that would already be a great achievement.
I will certainly come to the next members meeting and thank you very much for adding our complaints to the list.

In fact I noticed yesterday that after months they finally emptied the bins (and removed also the garbage in a circle around it) on this part of the beach 

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Re: Meeting with the mayor of Vera
« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2010, 06:22:41 PM »
This thursdayafternoon some motorcycles and squads were racing on the beach before the Vera Playa Club hotel and Cala Marques. At the same time there were also children playing on the beach. 
I can phone the police, but out of experience I know already that they won't do anything.
I hope the talk with the mayor can stop these things.       

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Re: Meeting with the mayor of Vera
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2010, 10:11:43 AM »
Yesterday was Dia de la Veija. The police tend to turn a blind eye to illegal activity on the beach on this local holiday. There were also people camping near Hotel Zimabli which is also not allowed. The meeting with the mayor is now on Monday

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« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2010, 03:38:48 PM »
There is a quite lengthy piece on the meeting with the mayor in today's 'Voz de Almeria'  - will get my understanding of it checked by Spanish teacher and post a translation on Tuesday!
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Re: Meeting with the mayor of Vera
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2010, 11:17:11 AM »
The meeting with the Mayor and co on Monday went quite well. Here?s the report.

The meeting was with the mayor, head of urban affairs, head of works, head of local police and the head of cleaning and gardening. Photographs of all the relevant points were given to them for reference. For your reference, the beach (ie all areas beyond the paved walkways) comes under the jurisdiction of the Costas. The local police police it on their behalf, therefore all issues regarding the beach should be bought up with them, except the cleaning which is organised by the Town Hall.

1.   Road signage and pedestrian crossings.
Dealt with by the local police ? requests made for all existing pedestrian crossings to be re-painted. Request for raised pedestrian crossing to be installed at the entrance to Av. De Castellon to reduce speed at the entrances to Vera Mar 6, La Menara and Parque Vera. Request for 30km per hour speed signs. Request for speed bump at the entrance to the parking area in Av. De Castellon. Request for additional pedestrian crossings at various locations around the area.

2.  Gardening
There will be a meeting later on this week with the head of gardening to address all the work that needs to be done.

3.   General Repairs
Details of potholes, broken lights etc given. Request for a pavement to be installed along the main road bordering Vera Mar 6. Also a pedestrian crossing to be installed for people to cross to the Salinas (for the bus stops etc). This must be bought up with the regional highways dept since it is a highway, not a street.

4.   Fishing
Request that the rules governing fishing from bathing beaches be changed to stop fishing at all times during the ?high? season. The rules are set by the ?Costas?, therefore a meeting is to be arranged with the Costas to discuss changes and the exact interpretation of the rules as they stand as there is some ambiguity.

5.   Points of Contact.
Request for phone numbers etc of the person in charge of cleaning (Sr Melchor). The association will be in contact with him later this week.

6.   Rubbish and Bins
Request to move the bins in Ave de Castellon to improve visibility when joining Av de Castellon from Calle Naturaleza. The association will make a detailed study of the area and make suggestions for additional bins during the high season, taking into account noise and smell issues with neighbouring dwellings.

7.   Dog walking area and doggie poo bins.
A specialist company in Almeria will be contacted. The association suggested that the neglected area between Bahia de Vera, Torremar and Vera Mar 6 be used as a dog walking area with a doggie poo bin installed. This could be a trial.

8.   Request to be made to Endesa to paint the electricity buildings. Requests to be made to individual urbs if they are privately owned.

9.   Motorhomes in front of Cala Marques
Motorhomes may be parked on streets and parking areas providing they do not put up awnings etc. They will look into the possibility of installing some sort of barrier to prevent cars and motorhomes accessing the beach from the Palomares end.
10.   Cats in Hotel Street.
There are a large number of cats living near the roundabout in Av de Barcelona (Hotel Street). The association will contact the person feeding them and request that she feeds them further up the road, ie nearer the main road, to prevent them causing a nuisance to businesses and residents in Hotel Street and the road leading to Cala Marques. Unless a solution is found they will be culled by the council.

11.   Storm Drain and Charca de Gato
Request for the notice board at Charca de Gata to be renewed.
The Town Hall had had a meeting with the technicians from the Costas regarding the storm drain. The suggestion is to run the pipe across the beach to form a raised groyne adjacent to nautical access to the beach. This should also help prevent further erosion to the beach and allow the beach to be reclaimed. This matter will be bought up at the meeting with the Costas.

12.   Water purification plant. Foam and Oil in the Sea
The new plant in Vera has been in use since last year and can cope with 120,000 homes. Foam seen during the summer is probably due to the plant at Villaricos not working properly, when there are easterly currents it arrives on our beaches. Oil possibly comes from the fish farm or from boats cleaning their engines. Further investigation need to be done. Problem might be solved by the proposed new groyne. Subject to be bought up with the Costas.
The quality of the water is checked every month and the results are always good.


 

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Re: Meeting with the mayor of Vera
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2010, 12:45:54 PM »
Dear Pamnbru, thank you and the rest of the delegation for all your efforts, we highly appreciate it.
Your report is very clear and I am curious what the meeting with costas will bring about.
I have two small questions:
1. the lights in Hotelstreet and Calle Islas Canarias are still not switched on at night (a situation since december), although in the first meeting it was said that this would take place within two weeks. Was this point perhaps further discussed ?  
2. will  there be other meetings with the mayor so results can be monitored and perhaps new points discussed ?
Thanks in advance,
Erik  

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Re: Meeting with the mayor of Vera
« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2010, 09:43:08 AM »
Work has started on the lights on Hotel Street etc. The head of works said that they should be back on by Easter. We await results! We hope to meet with the mayor on a monthly basis to address any new isues and to check process on existing points. In between times we will be taking in Istancias to address things that they seem to be forgetting!!
At last they have started cleaning the roads and doing the gardening and ?technicos?have been spotted at both ends on Av de Castellon. Exactly what they were looking at we don?t know, but perhaps something will happen soon to enlighten us.

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Re: Meeting with the mayor of Vera
« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2010, 10:56:27 PM »
What good news! Thank you for all your hard work. It is very much appreciated. So good to hear progress is happening and even hear it in UK! :) :) :)

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Re: Meeting with the mayor of Vera
« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2010, 10:54:53 AM »
I am curious if there is any news about the points discussed with the mayor, when a new talk with him is taking place and when the meeting with costas is set.
With respect to the progress of the construction of the big storm drain next to the Desert Spring villas at the northern part of the beach, I heard last week that parties involved (probably town councils Vera & Cuevas, medio ambiente/costas) still cannot agree on the final design of the last piece towards the sea.
Perhaps it can be the same design as for the storm drain at the Av. Ciudad de Castellon, so a pipe across the beach as a raised groyne ?
We hope that such a groyne at the northern (Desert Springs villas-) end will be high enough to form at the same time a barrier for all the cars and campers that still contaminate and spoil the beach overthere.
Perhaps the delegation that has the talk with the mayor and costas can find this out ?



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Re: Meeting with the mayor of Vera
« Reply #24 on: May 03, 2010, 09:25:01 AM »
Meeting with the Costas is tommorrow (Tuesday 4th May). Meeting with the mayor should be Wednesday, but not confirmed yet. We?ll see what we can find  about the storm drain.

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Re: Meeting with the mayor of Vera
« Reply #25 on: May 12, 2010, 10:32:40 AM »
Just received the minutes from Tuesdays meeting with the mayor. They are LONG, so as I?m holiday I?ll leave translating them until I get home next week.

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Re: Meeting with the mayor of Vera
« Reply #26 on: June 03, 2010, 06:17:43 PM »
Hello Pam, any news from the "talk with the mayor" ?
Two days ago I met at our part of the beach, the Cala Marques part, a representative of "obras y servicios" of the townhall, driving over the beach in a white jeep. He told me that they were still thinking about the different possibilities  to do something about the cars parked on the beach, he thought that big stones at the entrance and border with the Cuevas part of the beach would help.
A few minutes before that I spoke with the guardia civil, that had also parked their patrolcar at the beach next to other cars. They said that parking was allowed. When I pointed towards the sign saying that it is prohibited and said that the `ley de costas` didnot allow this they raised their shoulders. 
Hope you?ll keep on addressing this point in the discussion with the mayor.       

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Re: Meeting with the mayor of Vera
« Reply #27 on: June 04, 2010, 10:12:34 AM »
We will be requesting a meeting with the mayor, hopefully for next week. There will be a meeting this afternoon at Puntonat. 5pm. All welcome.

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Re: Meeting with the mayor of Vera
« Reply #28 on: June 07, 2010, 04:05:56 PM »
Hi Everyone

First of all can I say this is a fantastic website and hats off to the person in charge.

I bought my house in Cala Marques when they were first built in 2002 and lived at my house in Vera Playa before returning to the UK in 2005.  I had to return for work reasons otherwise I would still be there.
I let my house out on a long term basis until last May (2009) and after 2 bad tenants in a row I decided to just keep it as a holiday home.

I am only in my Mid 30's but first came to the area in 1991 when travelling around Spain and vowed to return to the area which I did 10 years later.

Getting on topic I am fully behind everything Erikk mentions in his posts.  When I first moved to Cala Marques in 2003 the general consensus was that the beach was just going to be temporarily open to traffic to allow trucks in with sand to rebuild the beach and until the Playa Marques beach front villas were built.  It was then and still is a racing track for scramble bikes and a cruising area for the local pervs and thieves.  If you block off cars I believe it will not only stop the litter, illegal camping etc but it will also stop the fishing the Vera side of the beach which will stop the hooks and stray tackle in the sea.
The problem we always faced was that the locals had fished and driven on to that beach for years and years and so none of the officials were willing to do anything about it.   You will certainly get nowhere with the Guardia Civil but it sounds to me as if we are getting somewhere at last with the idea of rocks.  I remember 3 or 4 years ago they discussed putting up a fence and gate of some sort but we were told that this would simply be knocked down by the locals so a few rocks might be a lot trickier for them to move.

Anyway it is great to know somebody is fighting our corner, keep up the great work.









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Re: Meeting with the mayor of Vera
« Reply #29 on: June 07, 2010, 05:00:10 PM »
Why stop at hats Adrian?  :)