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This news is translated from the Spanish Press unless otherwise indicated.

Police action to remove abandoned cars

Local police in Antigua continues its campaign for the removal of abandoned cars. So far more than 50 vehicles have been removed from Nueve Horizonte, Monte Castillo, Antigua, Casillas de Morales and areas near industrial sites in the municipality. The local police carry out steps to contact the owners, before the vehicle is classified as solid waste, in which case it is necessary to remove them. Every four months the City Council processes an average of 40 cases, with the local police, which coordinates the process of removal of the vehicles that are assigned as authorized waste.


New Auditorium for the south of Fuerteventura

The competition to design the new Auditorium & Congress Hall in Pajara was won by Menis Arquitectos with their design entitled “Paisaje Telurico”. Very adaptable for different types of events it should be a great venue for concerts, theatre and art projects. Completion is set for 2012.

Canarian mussel reintroduced near Lobos

The counsellor of Agriculture, Pilar Merino, reported that the reintroduction of the canarian mussel Perna perna, in waters near the island of Lobos was succeding to his satisfaction, and that first initiative, aimed at bringing in new resources for the fishing fraternities on the islands, was going smoothly.

Campers protest over ban

Last weekend about 22 caravans went to areas where they have now been banned, but where they have been camping for years. They parked their caravans and the vehicles remained in the area overnight guarded by a group of campers who kept repeating: "We're not camping, but are protesting." Local police officers went to La Oliva to log license plates. The campers are claiming that the long use of traditional camping areas in El Cotillo: the creeks of the Porbeagle, El Charco and El Hierro, should remain unchanged. The spokesman for the Association of Fuerteventura Campers, Elizabeth Montelongo, said: "We're not camped. It is a sign of protest." Campers said they are prepared to stay there until September." However, the City Council of La Oliva have said they will proceed with the removal of the caravans that have been parked in the area of El Marrajo in El Cotillo, should the owners fail to do so voluntarily after being served notice to do so. The mayor, Rosa Fernández, stated that "the Council will enforce the law."

New public centre for Rosario

El Charco will have a new public centre in Puerto del Rosario will be built. Residents have been asking for a meeting place, for recreation and entertainment. An initial draft was drawn up by architect Carlos Hernandez, and has a budget of €763,680 and which comes mainly from the European Funds for Regional Development (ERDF). The building will be about 1000 square meters, on a plot approximately 3330 square meters. It will be easily accessible, and have a multipurpose room that can hold about 100 people, also a room with a stage for events, a gymnasium, a reading room and a terrace. The work on the building is scheduled to start in September and should be completed in late 2010.


Sotavento prepares for World Windsurfing Championship

The City Council of Pájara, is preparing Sotavento beach near Jandia to accommodate the Fuerteventura Windsurfing and Kitesurfing World leg of 2009, which will be held from 17th July to 2nd August. Mayor, Rafael Perdomo, said that the bulk of the work is the erection of two large tents to provide some 6,000 square feet of shade. These tents will host a stage, kitchen, bathrooms, storage for sports equipment, communication booths for the media, wifi area and places of relaxation for the athletes, and spectators. As in the past, in the largest tent, which is located on the beach, simulators will be installed for those who want to experience windsurfing and kiteboarding without having to enter the water.

Tourist numbers down

The drop in tourists, has caused the closure of many establishments, and has caused enormous concern to employers, who remain pessimistic about the summer season.
The president of the Association of Hotels and Tourism Fuerteventura, Antonio Hormiga, recognized that the lack of airline seats is one of the main problems plaguing the sector. If there are no seats there is no tourism. Furthermore, the early summer season has been catastrophic as we were down by 20% of tourists, but hopes the situation to recover in the coming months.


Local soldiers leave for Afghanistan

Another 236 soldiers, from Fuerteventura have left for Afghanistan to help keep the peace during elections. The objective of the military contingent is to keep peace between Naw Qala and Herat, and to ensure safety during the elections to be held on 20th August.

The electoral battalion, will be in Afghanistan for three to four months.


Monarch annouces new routes to Fuerteventura

 Monarch is expanding its route network from Manchester airport by adding two destinations. The airline is launching year-round scheduled services to the Canary Islands of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. From 19th October 2009, up to two flights a week will operate both to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, bringing the total number of destinations served by the airline from Manchester to 15.

Managing director of Monarch’s flights and holidays division, Liz Savage, said: “We are seeing huge demand for our mid-haul destinations - in June we carried 59 per cent more customers to Lanzarote and 16 per cent more customers to Tenerife compared to June 2008,” she said. “The addition of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura means that even more people can take advantage of our low fares.”


Easy jet announces new flights to Fuerteventura

Easyjet have announced new flights directly from the UK to Fuerteventura.

From the 2nd November 2009 they will fly from Liverpool on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
They will also fly from Stansted to the island on Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting from the 4th November.

This is great news for the island since Ryanair pulled their regular flights due to a dispute with a local tourism consortium.

Flights start from under £25 one way, so get booking and come and see us for some winter sun!

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