Balcon de Europa, Nerja

It suddenly clouded over on Wednesday afternoon and there was even the odd spot of rain. This became a quick shower early on Thursday morning with the skies very overcast.

Balcon de Europa, Nerja

It is rumoured that the new Fire Station, almost finished a couple of years ago, could possibly open for use ‘after the summer’. If it does then let’s hope that, as has happened in the past, safety/electrical or other regulations have not changed in the meantime and the station has to immediately close again for updates.

The various authorities do seem to be sorting out the financial issues, such as who pays for what, which have prevented the facility from opening much sooner.

Balcon de Europa, Nerja

The joint venture company responsible for not completing the sewage plant have reportedly now officially gone under and filed for bankruptcy. Although the actual sewage plant – the easy part – is virtually complete, there still remains the thorny question of the various collectors and, more importantly, the powerful pumping stations needed to pump the huge volume of residual waters up the mountain.

Rain can help gravity feed systems but are likely to be a huge potential problem when pumping uphill.

Balcon de Europa, Nerja

It appears to be standard practice for companies bidding for projects to come in at least 50% under estimated cost and hope that the local, provincial, regional or national governments will automatically cough up the real cost at some stage. The tender price for the plant was around 23 million, whereas the most conservative estimate of the actual cost was 38 million (20 years ago) and the more realistic estimates, considering the uphill pumping, varied between 60 and 80 million. Time will tell.

The Beach Libraries are now available on Torrecilla, El Salon and Burriana beaches in Nerja from 11:== to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00. They will continue to operate during the whole of July and August. These beach libraries have reading matter in a number of languages as well as a range of games.