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Ivan Gelibter

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Buenos Aires (1987). Iván is the SUR correspondent in the Guadalhorce area. He studied Journalism at Malaga University.

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20/04/2018 13:54

Local

Councils with no debt ask for permission to spend more

Although the Ministry of Finance does plan to ease restrictions further on municipalities which have a surplus, some town halls which are in this situation but also have no debt and money in the bank are asking for more concessions now. These range f

16/04/2018 19:40

Local

Hipódromo Costa del Sol to be equipped for equine therapy

The legal situation with the Costa del Sol racecourse in Mijas, which has not hosted any horse races for some years, is complicated and still ongoing. However, Mijas councillors José Carlos Martín and Nuria Rodríguez hope to bring new life to the f

13/04/2018 13:42

Local

Lift at Los Boliches station is working again at last

After at least five weeks out of action, the lift up to the platform at Los Boliches train station, in Fuengirola, is working again. The busy stop on the Cercanías line to Malaga, which is used by 600,000 passengers a year, has been without a lift

06/04/2018 15:05

Local

Work finished to stop flooding in Las Lagunas

The mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, has said that the work to stop street flooding in the area around the Coín exit of the A-7 motorway in Las Lagunas has been completed. Improvements have been made to storm drains and surfaces in the busy are

06/04/2018 14:42

Local

Las Palmeras businesses hit out at shoddy work

Shop and business owners in the Las Palmeras development on Fuengirola seafront have reported "substandard improvement works" carried out on their buildings by the local council. The town hall asked for almost 1.5 million euros to spruce up the area

06/04/2018 14:31

Local

Mijas council asks Madrid for its own National Police station

Councillors in Mijas are urging the central government to set up a National Police station in the municipality to help improve services for residents. Currently Mijas does not have coverage by National Police and residents have to go to neighbouring

06/04/2018 14:12

Local

Green transformation for central Fuengirola

The Jardines de la Veguilla area in Fuengirola is undergoing a complete makeover as the town hall invests 700,000 euros to create more green space. The area between Plaza de la Hispanidad and Avenida Jesús Santos Rein, near the fairground, will be

06/04/2018 14:09

Local

Fuengirola hotel thief and partner arrested

A 42-year-old man has been arrested over a string of thefts from hotel rooms in Fuengirola. Police started investigating after reports of a man seen climbing out of a hotel via balconies. It is believed he pretended to be a guest before breaking into

06/04/2018 13:53

Local

Construction of up to 150 homes approved

The council in Fuengirola has unanimously approved a detailed study of a plot of land in Carvajal where developers Aedas Homes hope to build up to 150 new homes on land whose boundary lies within 50 metres of the Cercanías train track. The presenta

23/03/2018 15:18

Local

Work starts on busy road by Fuengirola's fairground

The renovation of Calle Romería del Rocío, near the Fuengirola showground, began this week. The works on this busy residential street include a complete revamp of the street and all of its infrastructure, including drainage, sewers, services, drink

23/03/2018 14:14

Local

Mijas council warns that A-7 footbridge is at risk of "collapse"

"At risk of collapse." That is how a Mijas councillor has described the state of a footbridge over the A-7 motorway by the Fuengirola welcome sign, near the old Hotel Beatriz Palace and the BP petrol station. The southern end of the bridge is in Fuen

23/03/2018 14:03

Local

Pet-friendly taxi hits the streets of Mijas

A taxi specially adapted for pets has taken to the streets of Mijas. The vehicle that is driven by taxi driver Concha Cano has a special area with a harness for pets, which means owners can use it without bringing the animals' customary carrying case

23/03/2018 13:43

Local

Mijas council to legalise homes in Pueblo Don Silverio

There was good news for residents of the Pueblo Don Silverio estate in Mijas last week. The Mijas councillor for Urban Planning, Andrés Ruiz, has told residents of 47 houses in the area between Mijas village and Fuengirola centre that they are finall

09/03/2018 13:30

Local

Taylor Wimpey and La Cala Golf announce a new development

The joint venture between British constructor Taylor Wimpey and the La Cala Resort group is proving an enormous success, according to representatives of the two firms. They say properties are selling well, and they have now just announced that a n

09/03/2018 13:15

Local

Mijas has finished audits of local estates so they can be adopted

The complex plan to incorporate some 200 independent housing estates and residential complexes into the street services provided by Mijas council reaches one if its critical points this month. According to sources, Mijas town hall has finished the au

02/03/2018 19:20

Sport

A tribute to Regino Hernández

Since snowboarder Regino Hernández became Spain's first medal winner in 26 years at the Winter Olympics two weeks ago, he has received one recognition after another. Earlier this week it was the turn of his neighbours and friends in Mijas to pay trib

02/03/2018 13:25

Local

Faster planning process on way for Mijas Pueblo

The town hall in Mijas has said that some 8,000 residents in historic Mijas Pueblo will be able to modify their homes and businesses faster in future. Applications will now be dealt with by new council rules and not have to pass through the regiona

02/03/2018 13:17

Local

Mijas council forced to pay out 360,000 euros to staff

Mijas council has been told it has to pay 360,000 euros in compensation to staff for irregularities in employment contracts and conditions. According to sources, the amounts relate to decisions under the previous PP administration and include 233,0

23/02/2018 12:26

Local

Planning fix needed to turn Fuengirola campsite into shopping park

Mijas council is to debate in next month's full council session the planning application for a shopping park on the well-known Camping Fuengirola site, near the A-7 and Sohail castle. The campsite sits across the boundary of Mijas and Fuengirola and

23/02/2018 12:15

Local

Mijas sports fees could be cut for local users

In a special meeting convened to discuss controversy over who runs the district's public sport facilities, Mijas's ruling councillors have said that they will aim for the fees for using the different installations and services to be cut by half for r

20/02/2018 18:25

Local

Lidl to open 12-million-euro store in Mijas

Supermarket giant Lidl is to open a large new store in the Las Lagunas area of Mijas. With a projected cost of 12 million euros, the shop will be built on land in Calle Roble next to the district's social security office and near Avenida de Mijas.

16/02/2018 13:56

Local

Taxman to sell off some of Mijas's racecourse

Tax collectors are to auction 14,000 square metres of land, part of Mijas's horseracing complex, to recover the debts of the failed public-private company that ran it and collapsed with losses of four million euros. The land was once a karting trac

16/02/2018 12:15

Local

Fuengirola starts a link road from Carvajal to Torreblanca homes

The area of Torreblanca in Fuengirola is set to see significantly improved links with the rest of the municipality and the Costa under new plans explained by local mayor, Ana Mula, this week. Work has already started on a new link road inland from

09/02/2018 16:15

Local

Three million increase in Fuengirola's local budget this year

Fuengirola council passed its 2018 budget on Tuesday, with votes from the ruling Partido Popular councillors. Mayor Ana Mula explained that the budget allowed for investment of nine million euros, three million euros more than last year. Sums hav

09/02/2018 16:00

Local

New LGTBI law comes into force in Andalucía

Earlier this week Andalucía became a pioneer in Europe by introducing a law to guarantee the rights, equal treatment and non-discrimination against gays, lesbians, transsexuals, bisexuals and intersexuals. Under this new law fines of between 6,000

09/02/2018 15:59

Local

Las Lagunas squatters removed after two years

Mijas town hall has moved to clear one of the buildings on Calle Clavel in Las Lagunas of squatters who had been causing "mayhem" for nearby residents. Local Police officers alongside staff from Social Services and mayor Juan Carlos Maldonado enter

09/02/2018 15:53

Local

Fuengirola Mercacentro traders say council has "abandoned" market

Fuengirola's indoor market, Mercacentro, has 99 stalls, of which only 30 are currently open. In the last month three have closed down due to lack of trade, despite the market's prime location in the town centre. Stallholders have blamed the lack of b

09/02/2018 15:52

Local

Damage caused to Fuengirola archaeological site

Fuengirola town hall has said that the collapse of part of a wall on the Termas de Torreblanca Roman baths archaeological site has been caused by the roots of a large bougainvillea plant. It was first suggested that the damage to the remains of the

02/02/2018 13:03

Sport

Strong start for Spain in the 5 Nations tournament

The Spanish men's hockey team have won both of their matches so far in the 5 Nations hockey tournament, which is hosted between Malaga's Carranque sports complex and the Retamar hockey centre in Benalmádena. The other participants are Canada, Irela

02/02/2018 12:25

Local

Mijas council passes 2018 budget at last

Mijas council approved its 2018 budget at last on Monday against the odds. The town hall, which is run by a minority coalition of Ciudadanos and Socialist councillors, was facing a difficult challenge ahead of the council session as the opposition

26/01/2018 14:39

Local

Sewage connection for rural properties

Rural areas of Mijas (which account for almost a quarter of the population after Mijas Pueblo, Las Lagunas and La Cala) should begin to receive more services in the next few years. Town Planning councillor Andrés Ruiz met recently with representati

26/01/2018 13:17

Local

Calls for Fuengirola town hall to take over cleaning

Opposition politicians are asking for the cleaning services in Fuengirola to be carried out by council workers, now that the Urbaser company has announced that it will no longer be continuing with the concession. They say the present model is not w

19/01/2018 13:44

Local

Millions being spent to stop flooding in Las Lagunas roads

The town hall in Mijas plans to double the amount it spends in 2018 on flood prevention measures for the streets of Las Lagunas. This comes on top of a renewed effort in the last financial year to put an end to repeated flooding in this low-lying a

19/01/2018 12:48

Local

Off-duty officer spots and stops assault

An off-duty Guardia Civil officer intervened in an alleged incident of domestic violence earlier this month, a released report has said. The officer, in his own car, saw "a man assaulting a woman in the presence of two small children" in his rear-v

19/01/2018 12:00

Local

One of La Cala's busiest roads reopened

Calle Antequera, one of La Cala de Mijas' busiest roads, was reopened to the public on Tuesday. The road, close to the coast has now "improved its tourist appeal", said Mijas mayor, Juan Carlos Maldonado, at the opening, which was attended by many

17/01/2018 18:37

Local

Road bridge over A-7 in Las Lagunas planned

Mijas council has carried out a feasibility study into swapping the pedestrian bridge that runs over the A-7 linking the two sides of Las Lagunas for a road bridge. It says that the increasing population in the area means driving around the Las Lag

12/01/2018 13:39

Local

Street lights put up on Camino de Campanales

After years of complaints from local residents, Mijas council has announced that it has finished putting up 20 street-lighting columns along the previously unlit Camino de Campanales, between the Fuengirola-Mijas road and Avenida de Mijas in Las Lagu

12/01/2018 13:37

Local

Man sentenced for attempting to kill a woman in Fuengirola

The Malaga provincial court has sentenced a man to seven years in prison for trying to kill a woman due to an "unrequited love that had become an obsession", according to prosecutors. The attack occurred in September 2015 when the man approached the

05/01/2018 15:26

Local

Building jobs bonanza at new leisure centre

The company behind the planned huge leisure park development in Torremolinos has announced that it expects some 2,500 construction jobs to be created once building gets under way. British-owned Intu says that contracts will last up to three years

29/12/2017 17:56

Local

Permission given for six-million-euro Club la Costa work

Mijas council has approved a building licence for the construction of 50 new holiday properties on the Club la Costa resort in Mijas Costa. The owners are expected to spend six million euros expanding their holiday ownership complex and have agreed

29/12/2017 17:37

Local

Fuengirola moves to protect ruins of Roman baths in Torreblanca

Fuengirola council has bought a private plot of land in Torreblanca which contains important Roman ruins dating from the first century BC. The ruins alongside the N-340 were once a bathhouse and were declared of special historical interest in 2005

15/12/2017 14:48

Local

Mijas council 'looking into ways' to pay for new local hospital

The mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, has said that the council is looking for ways to fund the planned new local hospital for Fuengirola and Mijas. Faced with what it says is the urgent need to improve healthcare in the area, the council is

11/12/2017 17:51

Local

Site earmarked for new hospital in Las Lagunas

The planned local hospital for Fuengirola and Mijas will be built on the Avenida de Andalucía in Las Lagunas, near Parque Miramar. The building will cover a plot of 150,000 square metres, of which 60,000 will be dedicated to the health facility. P

11/12/2017 11:54

Local

Mijas and Fuengirola to share costs of improvements to dividing road

Road improvements to Calle de La Unión are to cost nearly a million euros and are to be carried out by the local town halls, in plural. This street runs along the boundary line between the municipalities of Mijas and Fuengirola and so residents on

08/12/2017 12:54

Local

Anger over Fuengirola's history museum that only has one room

Opposition politicians in Fuengirola have criticised the council for "neglect" of the town's historical legacy by shutting down parts of the local museum. The Museo de la Ciudad, near Bioparc, has just one exhibition room currently open, despite a

04/12/2017 15:11

Local

Mijas and Fuengirola to share costs of improvements to dividing road

Road improvements to Calle La Unión are to cost nearly a million euros and are to be carried out by the local town halls, in plural. This street runs along the boundary line between the municipalities of Mijas and Fuengirola and so residents on one

17/11/2017 12:30

Local

Ten-million-euro complex to be built on the border of two towns

The historic Camping Fuengirola which is found on the stretch of land between Mijas and Fuengirola, will undergo a massive transformation in the next few months in order to be converted into a large-scale shopping centre. The project has required a p

17/11/2017 11:44

Local

Carvajal station: mission impossible for many

Ricardo Criado can't catch the train at his nearest station, which is Carvajal, a district in Fuengirola. There are 119 steps up to the platform and Ricardo, who uses an electric wheelchair, can't get up them. Nor is he the only person affected. You

07/11/2017 18:56

Local

The Costa del Sol starts building again

One of the most characteristic images of the years prior to the economic crisis was the cranes. From 2008 onwards these structures disappeared from the skyline of municipalities in Malaga; a sign that the construction industry was at a standstill, wi

24/10/2017 17:40

Local

New road signs and markings throughout municipality of Mijas

José Carlos Martín, the councillor for Operational Services in Mijas, announced this week that roadsigns and markings are to be replaced throughout the municipality, as part of a project to improve safety in the area. The total cost is expected to be

23/10/2017 17:42

Local

East and west Las Lagunas to be linked by a road and roundabout

Plans have now been drawn up for a new road to link the east and west sides of Las Lagunas, in Mijas Costa, and the council has agreed to reserve funds from next year's budget to pay for the works. The road will run east to west between the Avenida d

23/10/2017 17:40

Local

Danish women look for business ideas in Mijas

In recent months, several foreign investors have been looking at Mijas as a possible business opportunity. It is an attractive location, especially because of the large numbers of foreign citizens who live or have a second home in the municipality. A

13/10/2017 17:54

Local

New tourist office to open in La Cala

A new tourist office is to open at the end of this year near the town hall building in La Cala de Mijas. More than 20,000 euros are being spent on preparing the area where the new office will be located in the main boulevard. The next phase of th

13/10/2017 11:39

Local

Thousands unfurl giant Spanish flag in Fuengirola

Fuengirola town hall unfurled a giant Spanish flag on the fairground on Thursday to mark the Día de Hispanidad or Spain's national day. The flag measured 50 metres in length and, according to municipal sources, is the longest in the world of its ki

15/09/2017 15:06

Local

'Urbanisations': a question of numbers and rights

It is difficult to know exactly how many people in Malaga province live in an 'urbanización', the Spanish word used for residential developments that can range from a simple apartment complex to vast estates covering various hectares. In recent ye

11/09/2017 18:08

Local

A happy ending for Negri

Despite the horrible series of events that Negri has had to endure, her nightmare tale has finally reached a happy conclusion. On 12 June at around 5.45pm, police in Fuengirola received a call alerting them that a man (Negri's previous owner) was all

11/09/2017 17:50

Local

Counter-terrorism measures stepped up in Fuengirola

Fuengirola has announced that measures to prevent terror attacks were to be stepped up following a meeting between the town hall and the central government representative, Miguel Briones. Similar meetings, with the presence of the National Police,

04/09/2017 16:03

Local

Byblos hotel redevelopment gets the green light

Mijas town hall has given the green light to the project to renovate the Hotel Byblos in Mijas, one of the Costa's most iconic hotels once frequented by famous faces including Princess Diana. It is expected that work will get under way either at t

01/09/2017 17:11

Local

Bioparc Fuengirola welcomes new Sumatran tiger

Harau, a two-year-old Sumatran tiger, has a new home. From now on he will live in Fuengirola's Bioparc as part of a Europe-wide conservation programme designed to encourage reproduction outside the species' natural habitat. It is hoped that Harau,

11/08/2017 17:48

Local

Former Mijas mayor to be quizzed by judge

The ex-mayor of Mijas, Ángel Nozal, and leader of the PP group on the council is to be quizzed by an investigating judge. The formal interview will take place on 5 October and is in connection with the supposed offer of a job at Club la Costa resor

07/08/2017 16:48

Local

The perennial problem of parking in the summer

Curro orders people about a great deal on El Palo beach, near the legendary Casa Pedro restaurant. He has no official authority or position, but is the self-appointed 'parking attendant' in that area: the person who officiously organises the few and

24/07/2017 09:46

Local

The real story behind Sohail Castle

...fuengirola Opinions differ over the origins of the castle, with dates of its construction ranging from the 10th to the 12th centuries Nowadays, Sohail Castle is one of the most important emblems of Fuengirola. Many cultural events are held there

18/07/2017 19:03

Sport

Thousands witness climax to Mijas padel tournament

The World Padel Tour drew impressive crowds as it rolled into Mijas Pueblo last week. Some 3,000 people were treated to some of the best competitive padel in the world over the weekend as tickets at the specially-constructed arena in Plaza Virgen de

05/07/2017 19:05

Sport

The world of padel comes to Mijas

For the next few days, Mijas will be the centre of the padel world as the town hosts the Cerveza Victoria Mijas-Costa del Sol Open, part of the World Padel Tour. Until Sunday, some of the biggest names in the sport will be facing off in the special

03/07/2017 15:31

Local

Mijas streets closed ahead of rush of evening visitors

Councillors in Mijas have recently reached an agreement with residents and businesses to close off some of Mijas Pueblo's narrower streets to traffic in the evenings during the peak summer months. From last Sunday, Calle Málaga, Calle Carril and Av

23/06/2017 17:10

Local

Byblos Hotel on Mijas Golf will have 100 new rooms when it reopens

The reopening of the Hotel Byblos, the luxury hotel on Mijas Golf, has moved a step closer. On Tuesday, mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, announced that the building licence for the renovation work will be issued at the end of the summer. The

23/06/2017 13:40

Local

Government agrees to study La Cala de Mijas breakwater plan

Central government has agreed to take charge of the plan to build a breakwater on El Bombo beach in La Cala de Mijas. Local politicians have been calling for the structure to be built for some time as they believe it will capture sand and help prev

16/06/2017 13:55

Local

La Cala residents start to campaign against the proposed racing track

Residents in La Cala de Mijas have begun a campaign against the private project, known as the Ciudad del Motor, that involves the construction of motor racing facilities on land in the area. The residents' association, whose president is Jesús Sepú

26/05/2017 11:59

Local

Speed in Finland, claim in Fuengirola

In Finland, not everyone pays the same amount for a traffic fine. As an example of the progressive country it prides itself on being, Finland sets traffic fines in accordance with the offender's income, so they have the same impact on everyone. Howev

26/05/2017 11:22

Local

New pedestrian crossing at St Anthony's

St Anthony's College will have a new pedestrian crossing by the end of next week. Until now parents, pupils and teachers have had to put themselves at risk when crossing the road near the school, as the nearest pedestrian crossing was two kilometres

19/05/2017 14:32

LifeStyle

La Cala Resort welcomes golf's Challenge Tour this weekend

Mijas this week is attracting the gaze of golf fans around the world as La Cala Resort welcomes one of the year's standout championships. Until Sunday, the Asia course at the resort will host the Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9, one of two eve

19/05/2017 11:42

Local

Scandal over suspicious Mijas property auctions widens

Irregular property auctions carried out by officials at Mijas council could have started 37 years ago, say investigators. The town hall commission set up to look into 'express auctions', led by Podemos's local councillor, Francisco Martínez, has as

12/05/2017 10:44

Local

Mijas denies holding up project to build groynes on its beaches

Ruling councillors in Mijas have reacted angrily to accusations from the opposition PP group that they are holding up plans to build breakwaters on the area's beaches to stop sand erosion. In a recent council meeting, the town hall had been accused

28/04/2017 16:01

Local

Ex-mayors of Mijas told to explain high staff pay

Three former mayors of Mijas have been called before a judge suspected of overpaying some staff up to a total of 100,000 euros a year. The case centres on extra payments made to employees at the 'Patronato de Deportes', a municipal-owned company ru

21/04/2017 11:40

National

"Our relationship with British people will be just as strong"

This is the municipality on the Costa del Sol with the largest number of British residents: 12,000 of them are on the population register. Roy Pérez, the councillor responsible for foreigners in Mijas, gives his views on the effects of Brexit. Mij

21/04/2017 10:36

Local

CIOMijas staff file lawsuit against Junta

Employees of the CIOMijas hospitality school, who have not been paid for 31 months, are to file a criminal lawsuit against the Junta de Andalucía for offences against their health and workers' rights. The training school has not opened for two years

07/04/2017 10:48

Local

Mijas finalises plans for coastal path from La Cala to Fuengirola

The dream of building a 5.3- kilometre coastal walkway in Mijas Costa between La Cala and Fuengirola is a step closer to becoming reality after the local council announced that it has submitted a master plan for carrying out the works. Mayor of Mij

03/04/2017 15:15

Local

Roadworks end on main route into Fuengirola town centre from the A-7

The lower part of Avenida Alcalde Clemente Díaz Ruiz, one of Fuengirola's main access roads from the A-7 motorway and Mijas Pueblo, reopened on Saturday after the completion of a 2.6-million-euro facelift. The mayor of Fuengirola, Ana Mula, announc

24/03/2017 14:41

Local

Council to create a thousand new parking spaces in Mijas pueblo

The mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, has announced that six plots of land have been designated in Mijas Pueblo for about a thousand new parking spaces. The plan aims to relieve the pressure on spaces for locals, especially in the summer. Maldon

24/03/2017 11:52

Local

Mijas councillor quizzed over PP claims

Francisco Martínez, the only councillor in Mijas town hall of the Costa del Sol Sí Puede party, which is affiliated to Podemos, was questioned by public prosecutors in Malaga yesterday. It follows last week's revelations, emerging from taped conver

24/03/2017 11:28

Local

Urgent improvements for Fuengirola's riverside park after rain

The riverside park (Parque Fluvial) in Fuengirola will undergo 500,000 euros of urgent improvements in the coming months. The focus of the work will be on the drainage and sewage pipes that run under the area, responsible for draining much of the tow

24/03/2017 11:14

Local

Police report questions role of Mijas ex-mayor in property sales

A report by the Guardia Civil into supposed misconduct in property sales by Mijas council between 2011-2015 has called into question the role of former mayor and local PP leader, Ángel Nozal. Nozal has also been in the spotlight recently over suppose

17/03/2017 14:02

Local

Residents stop council selling off La Cala land

La Cala de Mijas residents' association has succeeded in stopping Mijas council from sellling off a big piece of land for private housing. The 28,180-square-metre plot, by the Los Olivos football pitch on the outskirts of the village, is due to be so

24/02/2017 15:00

Local

La Cala residents call for a new police station amid safety concerns

Fed up of what they consider a "lack of security" in the municipality, and following the recent spate of fires affecting cars, property and containers, residents in Mijas Costa, and especially those in La Cala, joined voices on Wednesday to ask the t

17/02/2017 10:37

Local

La Cala de Mijas residents seek reassurance after string of fires

For several days, residents in La Cala de Mijas have been living in fear after a string of arson attacks has targetted cars, commercial properties, rubbish containers and other property. The crimes have been blighting the area for almost a month, but

17/01/2017 10:12

Local

Casualty department opens at new Guadalhorce valley local hospital

The lack of close-by accident and emergency facilities for people living in the Guadalhorce valley is now a thing of the past, or at least the situation has been greatly improved, with the opening of a dedicated casualty department at the recently-fi