THE registration period for the Alfaz Summer School, which is scheduled to run from 24 June to 7 September, is now open. You can enrol your child or children on the website www.jocuspocus.com and there will be a meeting in the Casa de la Cultura on 13 June informing parents and guardians about the school. The daily timetable is 9am to 2pm while there will also be a day-care service from 7.30am to 9.00am for parents who require it as well as a lunch service. The basic cost of the school is €160 per month, €130 for AMPA members. Enrolment is also possible for shorter periods, usually a week or fifteen days. The morning day-care service will cost €40 per month, half that for AMPA members, and once again shorter periods are available.

THE work to get the Raco de l’Albir beach ready for the fast approaching summer season is now underway, starting with the levelling of the sands. “We will continue with the conditioning, maintenance and cleaning work that is intensifying with the arrival of the good weather” said Councillor for Beaches Rocio Guijarro.

 

Painting of street furniture (benches etc.) is also taking place as well as the installation of children’s areas, the lifeguards booth and the “biblioplaya” library service. Pavements on the beach-front are undergoing repair and extra sand has been added where required such as the volleyball courts and kid’s play zones.

L’ALFAS del Pi Town Hall have renewed their collaboration with Joveampa, the provincial scheme which helps young entrepreneurs. The Marina Baixa association currently incorporates about 100 young business people and helps with training, innovation, business management and other aspects of starting and sustaining a new business. It also aims to promote and strengthen the network of contacts between new and established businesses.  The town will donate €8,000 and last week acting mayor Vicente Arques signed the new agreement with Josep Llorca, president of the Marina Baixa Joveampa.

SPANISH car workers at Renault’s factories in Palencia and Valladolid will be watching with interest, and some concern, as their employer enters into talks about a possible merger with Italian Giant Fiat. The move, which will create the third biggest car firm in the world, is being discussed as the car industry faces huge financial fallout from the compulsory move towards electric vehicles and the increasing prospect of self-driving vehicles. The thinking is that one company could share the huge development costs, which many fear will cripple smaller manufacturers. In fact, if this move does go ahead, it could be the first of many such mergers, the biggest change for the motor industry since the first Model T Ford rolled off the factory line over a century ago.

One of the Costa Blanca’s premier water attractions opened its doors last week, promising an exciting new experience to visitors this Summer.

Since its opening in 1985, Aqualandia, sitting in an elevated position on the outskirts of Benidorm has become a benchmark for waterparks in Spain.

Always eager to innovate and stay ahead of its competitors, the park opened last weekend with a completely new ride on offer called Cyclon.

The 200 metre long ride is officially classed as the longest waterslide in the world, as it descends with a hair raising series of curves, descents and falls, from a height of 36 metres, the equivalent of a 12 storey building.

Perfect for adrenaline junkies, the ride ends in a giant funnel-like vortex that swallows the rider, giving them a feeling of zero gravity.

Cyclon is expected to prove hugely popular, as the ride can be enjoyed by groups up to four people, sitting inside the giant floats.

Hundreds of visitors, braved the unseasonal cool and rainy weather to take advantage of last weekend’s opening offers and enjoy the 20 rides, which include Verti-Go and Big-Bang.

Aqualandia has a huge range of ticketing options including family discounts, multiple park offers and early bird prices.

Full details of the park, which is now open daily throughout the Summer, can be found on its website www.aqualandia.net

THE Torrevieja Christian Fellowship(TCF) is to move their church to Los Montesinos, due to increased rental costs for their current building on Avenda de las Cortes Valencianas.

The TCF have bought their own building at the town´s industrial estate on Calle Daya Neuva, which is currently being converted into a church.

The final service in Torrevieja will be this Sunday May 19th, and the following weekend, the TCF will continue to meet at the El Nacional restaurant in Punta Prima, until building work is completed at their new venue.

The Melody Makers International and The Orihuela Costa Male Voice Choir returned to performing after a year-long gap last Sunday caused by musical director, Nigel Hopkins, needing medical treatment back in Britain.

 

One of Nigel´s former pupils, Janelle Gaskell, who is now a professional cruise ship performer, appeared as a guest, with the choirs getting a standing ovation from the audience at the Centro Ecuménico in La Zenia, after two performances staged on the day.

TORREVIEJA´S popular Sevillanas May Fair started on Wednesday, some three weeks later than the originally dates, due to “administrative problems” involving the council.

 

Bureaucratic bungling two years ago led to the premium May event having to be staged in October

 

The fair runs in the city´s port area until Sunday, and there´s plenty of entertainment and displays to enjoy, as well as a copious amount of food and drink on offer.

SUNDAY´S municipal elections provided good news for both the Partido Popular(PP) and the PSOE Socialists across the Vega Baja and Mar Menor areas.

 

The PP seized control of Pilar de la Horadada from the PSOE, which means that José María Pérez will become the new mayor.

 

The PP recorded overall majorities in Redován, Bigastro, Albatera, Cox, Formentera del Segura and Benijófar.

 

The PP and PSOE both increased their representation on Santa Pola council, and it will remain to be seen whether the PSOE coalition led by Yolanda Seva will remain in charge, whilst a similar situation beckons in Elche, with both the PSOE and PP getting more councillors.

 

The PSOE will continue to run Guardamar, after getting the majority of seats on the council, compared to their previous minority-led position, whilst they squeaked in by one seat to continue in charge in Rojales.

 

They also secured majorities in Algorfa, Jacarilla, San Isidro, Benferri, Dolores, Rafal and Los Montesinos, and have replaced the PP as being the largest party in San Miguel de Salinas, whilst the PP are have the most councillors in Almoradi and Callosa.

 

The PP resisted strong challenges as they kept their overall majority of just one seat in both San Javier and San Pedro del Pinatar, whilst Benejúzar and Catral are set for complex negotiations as to who actually takes control.

 

Ciudadanos will run Daya Nueva and Granja de Rocamor whilst Compromis will take over in Daya Vieja.

 

TWO British people will take their place on San Fulgencio council, after the Partido Popular were routed in last Sunday´s local elections.

 

Ex-PIPN party members Samantha Hull and Darren Parmenter were part of the PSOE Socialist slate that came top of the poll, winning six seats with 41 per cent of the vote in an area that includes the La Marina urbanisation.

 

José Sampere Ballester will become the new mayor, though the PSOE was just a handful of votes short in getting an overall majority.

 

The PP lost five councillors, and were made to pay over the controversial ex-mayor Carlos Ramirez, who was barred from public office 18 months ago, as well as constant criticism over their neglect of La Marina.