Register to vote, the easy way

More than 2,000 voting application forms are currently arriving by post at the addresses of those who have registered on the Orihuela municipal register (Padron) since 2011. These are the lucky ones who can register to vote the easy way. Receiving the application form by post, confirms the right and eligibility to register to vote. With a cross and a signature, without going to Playa Flamenca Town Hall, the form can simply be returned with the postage pre- paid. Next May those residents who register now, will be able to vote and strengthen the voice of Orihuela Costa in the new Town Council which will be elected for a period of 4 years.

Spanish deportation flights

Spain carries out more deportation flights than any other European country and the recent European Mos Maiorum operation – named after the Italian Mos Maiorum presidency – saw one fortnight in October which mobilised all the police forces on the continent to control the irregular transit of people.  “This policy associates immigrants with criminals. It puts at risk the rights to non-discrimination and freedom of movement,” protested Ángela Vallina, an Izquierda Unida MEP, to the European Parliament.

Failings of UK care system responsible for Spanish beheading

The family of a grandmother who was beheaded by a man discharged from a psychiatric unit because doctors thought he was malingering to try to get himself housing said that they felt betrayed by health leaders. A report on the murder of Jennifer Mills-Westley, who was killed in Tenerife, said there were clear shortcomings in the care that had been provided to Deyan Deyanov at a unit in north Wales. Deyanov, a Bulgarian drifter, was twice admitted to the Ablett psychiatric unit near

CLR accuses Bob Houliston of embezzlement

At the last Pleno meeting CLR brought a Moción to deplore what it describes as a ‘blatant attempted fraud by Councillor Bob Houliston’. CLR Supporters Group Orihuela Costa Secretary Raymond Kearney claims that Mr Houliston tried to use public money to pay for a private personal expense amounting to 24,000 euros, and demanded an explanation from the government for this misuse of public funds. These new claims date back to Bob Houliston blocking the Mocion Censure and then legally trying to justify his actions. The Town Hall Secretary General is the non-party-affiliated public legal advisor to the town hall

Missing person

This week the Neighbourhood Watch association contacted the CoastRider for help in the search for a local Spanish man.  Orencio Hidalgo Alvarez has been missing from his home in Pilar de la Horadada since 3pm on 28th September and the Guardia Civil are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen him on the day of his disappearance or thinks they have seen him since. The disappearance is out of character for Orencio and his friends and family are concerned

Costa Poppy Appeal tops 30k

On the Orihuela Costa, where, last year the Branch raised almost €25,000, 15 percent of the Spain District North total, the enormous job of organising the local Poppy Appeal donation count swung effortlessly into motion at the Olympia Restaurant in Mil Palmeras last Sunday morning. The Poppy Collection boxes, gathered in during the previous few days, were distributed amongst the thirty volunteers, and with the help of a recently purchased ‘coin counting machine’ the task got

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