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We may have a Cueva Tren – Caves Train – now but we seem to have lost the regular Wally this summer. It happened once before a few years back before reappearing as if nothing had happened. This time, though, it looks like a permanent cessation of trading according to its Facebook page.

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The Local Police were able to call on the local tow service on Saturday, presumably the Council has finally made a ‘commitment’ to maybe pay them and the days of ‘park where you like’ are over. It has been a summer of no parking fines and no towing, with cars parked in outrageous places for days, or even longer.

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Seriously folks, I wonder why anyone ever agrees to do business with municipal authorities. All you ever seem to read about is councils, be they solvent or not, failing to pay their suppliers of goods and services and then, every year or so, endless discussions begin to formulate a ‘plan’ to pay some of their creditors.

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One can vaguely understand it when the local authority is insolvent or technically bankrupt, but not when they boast they are in good financial shape.

No doubt some cases are where a local authority agrees some contract, service or project but won’t pay for it until they get the funds from the district or regional authority, who in turn won’t pay until they get the dough from the regional government, who in turn won’t cough up until they get the money from the national government, who in turn are waiting on European funding. One can quite imagine that happening.