2022: The Year in Review – February

The Arenal saga was kicked off with rumours of the closure of seven bars whilst fiesta returned to the port. Smoking Ramblars was finally closed whilst TETMA took on the responsibilities for rubbish collection and street cleaning.

Thursday 29th December 2022 · Mike Smith
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The Winter Olympics were held in Beijing, China and it was not without its controversies with diplomatic boycotts, doping scandals, questionable food, and those beds in the athletes hotels. A couple of weeks after China and Russia release a joint statement opposing NATO expansion, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk in Ukraine as independent and then, two days later, invaded Ukraine in the face of international condemnation and sanctions. Russia is later suspended from club and national competition by FIFA and UEFA. In Spain, the far-right Vox party came third in the 2022 Castile y Leon regional elections and would later form a government with the Partido Popular, becoming a major political force in Spanish politics.

In the UK, OFGEM increased the energy price cap by over 50%, forcing more than 18 million households in the country to find almost ₤700 more a year for their gas and electricity. At the same time, the Bank of England raised the interest rate to 0.5% to restrain inflation. Queen Elizabeth II became the first monarch to mark the 70th anniversary of accession to the throne; she later tests positive for COVID-19. Partygate continued to dominate the news as Prime Minister Boris Johnson came under increasing fire as the media reported more parties and gatherings taking place during lockdown. Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre reached an out-of-court settlement over her civil sex assault claim. Storm Eunice became one of the most powerful storms to hit the UK in decades, sandwiched between Storm Dudley and Storm Franklin. Liverpool won the 2022 League Cup Final, defeating Chelsea 11–10 on penalties following a 0–0 draw after extra time.

Xàbia in February

03: Xàbia Council said that it would temporarily close Ramblars green waste transfer plant which had been burning for several weeks and been covering much of the area with polluting smoke ever since.

Related Link: Finally! Ramblars is closed and plans made to extinguish the fire

Related Link: Council opens temporary solution for the dumping of garden refuse

Related Link: A resident of Ramblars: «This is not normal, we have been abandoned for two months»

Related Link: Ecologists formalize legal complaint against Xàbia Council for the Ramblars fire

06: The gastronomic magazine Tapas declared that Xàbia was the most famous town in the entire Comunidad Valenciana and one of its greatest exponents was its landscapes and, of course, its cuisine. 

Related Link: Xàbia is the most famous municipality in the Valencian region according to Tapas magazine

07: TETMA had been providing the rubbish collection and street cleaning service in Xàbia for a week after being awarded the contract worth almost 6 million euros a year when it released a statement of its website announcing several new features of the contract, including a new fleet of vehicles and replacement of collection bins.

Related Link: TETMA announces new 600 square metre headquarters, 3 mobile ecoparks and more than 70 workers

08: The Valencian Anti-Fraud Agency published the final resolution of the investigation that it opened at the request of an anonymous complaint regarding the premises of Punta del Arenal in Xàbia in which it gave Xàbia Council and the Ministry of Justice three months to formalize the closure of the seven premises that existed at that point on the Arenal beach since they do not have the corresponding license or report from Costas as they are in an area affected by regional department.

Related Link: The Anti-Fraud Agency gives Xàbia three months to definitively close seven premises in the Arenal for lack of license

Related Link: Compromís per Xàbia calls preferential treatment of the premises of Punta del Arenal “not very transparent”

10: The Marina Alta Business Circle (CEDMA) expressed its support for the ‘No to the Tourist Tax’ campaign to which numerous companies, services and establishments directly related to tourism in the Comunidad Valenciana had subscribed.

Related Link: Regional businesses oppose imposition of tourist tax at such a delicate moment in economic recovery

11: Residents in the Arenal zone of Xàbia expressed their concerns and discomfort about the unhealthy effects that were being generated by the dredging work that was being out in the La Fontana canal.

Related Link: Arenal residents express discomfort over effects of dredging of La Fontana canal

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14: The General Directorate for Ports contracted technical assistance to assess the effects of the works that it had projected for the Xàbia port harbour wall and breakwater that would result in the virtual disappearance of the Pope beach.

Related Link: Study will assess effects of the works on the harbour wall on Pope beach

14: The Partido Populares de Xàbia presented a motion to demand a global strategy for the protection of the coastline and that all the necessary actions be planned in order to protect the coast hit by storms in recent years.

Related Link: PP Xàbia demands coastal protection plan and urges halt to reform of the Coastal Law

16: Xàbia Council requested permission from the Provincial Headquarters for Coasts to install 20 anchoring buoys around Cap Negre, one of the areas in which this type of system does not currently exist, to stop vessels anchoring directly onto the seabed.

Related Link: Xàbia asks Costas for permission to place 20 buoys around Cap Negre

17: Concern was spreading among the residents of Thiviers due to the absence of workers from the company awarded the reform project for the neighbourhood park in Plaza Reina Sofía.

Related Link: Thiviers residents raise concerns over lack of progress of the park renovation

20: There were wide smiles and a few tears as the Moors and Christians of Xàbia made an emotional return to the streets of the port after an enforced two-year absence due to the pandemic.

Related Link: Emotional return to the streets for the Moors and Christians

22: Construction company Binaria requested a suspension of the execution period of the extension work of CEIP Trenc d’Alba in Xàbia, for a period of three months, due to the increase in the raw materials that had to be used to complete the project.

Related Link: Work suspended on extension of CEIP Trenc d’Alba

23: The municipal Xàbia Connecta APP celebrated its fifth anniversary this year, a facility which has allowed members of the public to report issues affecting them around the municipality, such as problems on public roads, street lighting which isn’t working, amongst others.

Related Link: Municipal APP Xàbia Connecta has received almost 6,000 reports since launch

23: Xàbia Council reported that it was planning to start the urbanization works of the Plan Parcial Mar Azul – in the surroundings of Cala La Barraca – in the next week, a project that will involve a major improvement of public infrastructure in the estate at a cost of some one million euros.

Related Link: Infrastructure work in Urbanización Mar Azul set to begin next week

25: The 2022 local budget was definitely approved after its publication in the Provincial Official Gazette (BOP) and its details revealed that more than a third of council staff positions in Xàbia remained vacant.

Related Link: More than a third of council staff positions in Xàbia remain vacant

28: It was announced that there would be a new party in the next municipal elections. Vox, the conservative nationalist party, considered right-wing to far right in its policies, made its first public appearance in Xàbia when it mounted an information table in the port zone of the town.

Related Link: Vox will stand in the municipal elections in Xàbia in May 2023

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