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Buenos Aires (1987). Iván is the SUR correspondent in the Guadalhorce area. He studied Journalism at Malaga University.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
The Andalusian high court, TSJA, has annulled an infrastructure plan involving part of the Torreblanca area of Fuengirola, in a response to an appeal filed by home owners in a case that dates back to 2011.
The ruling, published last Friday, means t
An opinion poll, conducted by SW Demoscopia and to which SUR has been granted exclusive access, shows that support for Ciudadanos (C's) in Mijas has grown since the last elections in 2015.
C's mayor, Juan Carlos Maldonado, who was first installed a
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
The mayor of Fuengirola, Ana Mula, told a council meeting this week that the current owner of the concession to collect rubbish and carry out some street cleansing in the municipality will see out the full four years of its contract after all.
An international women's organisation has launched a guide to assist foreign residents on the Costa del Sol and Malaga province faced with experiences of domestic violence.
Presenting the new guide by the local branch of Soroptimist International
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
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
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
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
Mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, of the Ciudadanos party, has started the year with two key financial decisions pending approval by councillors and still has some negotiating to do to ensure his plans win a majority vote in the chamber.
The councillor for Social Services in Fuengirola, Francisco José Martín, has been explaining improvements made to social services coverage in the municipality since last July.
Saying that the aim of the changes is "to get closer" to residents, he a
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
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
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
Over 80 rubbish containers on the streets of Fuengirola are to be put inside 23 specially built underground units.
Fuengirola council says it is to spend a million euros, taken from an underspend on its 2016 budget, "with the aim of improving the l
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
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
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
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
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
Mijas town hall has designated a plot of land for the construction of a long-awaited residence for the elderly in Las Lagunas. This step in turn gives the green light to the drawing up of the plans and the tender process. The mayor, Juan Carlos Maldo
Developers Urbania International launched the first phase of the Higuerón West 217 project in Fuengirola on Monday.
The 250-million-euro scheme involves the construction of a luxury apartment complex in the Higuerón Capellanía area in Fuengirola ne
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
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.
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
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
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
So far in 2017 Mijas council has granted licences to 237 businesses for new premises, expansion or name changes. This figure is more than double the figure in 2016.
Councillor for Town Planning, Andrés Ruiz, expressed how pleased he was with these
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Residents of La Cala de Mijas are growing increasingly concerned by the inaction of the local government in addressing the lack of public health services available in the town.
The coastal resort, which has seen a considerable rise in tourist numbe
One of the biggest projects proposed by the Ciudadanos party in Mijas is one step further towards becoming a reality, as the council has now contracted the Cemosa and Ingenia companies to carry out a detailed study of all the residential developments
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
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
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,
Just a few days after announcing the arrival of a Sumatran tiger, Bioparc Fuengirola has welcomed a special new resident, the first ever golden-cheeked gibbon to be born in Spain.
Gibbons are born blond so that young can blend into the fur of thei
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
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,
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
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
Workers at a hotel and catering college that has been shut for three years could soon be getting their outstanding pay checks.
The CIOMijas college, in La Cala de Mijas, closed when the consortium running it, a joint venture of the Junta de Andalu
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
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
An indefinite strike has been called for 7 August by workers at Urbaser, the company contracted to carry out street cleaning and refuse collection in large parts of Fuengirola.
According to sources at the company's workers committee, the dispute ce
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
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
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.
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
The local authority in Mijas has been explaining the success of its efforts to help residents who want to rent out their properties to tourists but have been unable to do so due to a bureaucratic trap.
New legislation introduced by the Junta de An
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
Ever since the courts declared that the 'plusvalía' tax should not be charged if a property loses value, town halls have been searching for different ways to top up their revenue streams.
In both Fuengirola and Mijas, they look set to take advantag
Members of the Partido Popular (PP) opposition group in Mijas have demanded a greater presence from the Local Police force in the municipality after statistics showed an increase in crime figures in the area.
In the first three months of 2016, just
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
Five workers at CIOMijas hospitality school, who were recently revealed to have been working for 32 months unpaid, have been excused from work indefinitely by the training centre's liquidators.
The measure has been taken due to concerns surrounding
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
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
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
The management of the Mijas racecourse, the Hipódromo de la Costa del Sol, has come under further scrutiny this week after the public prosecutor sent allegations of criminal offences to a court for investigation.
After studying a report filed in Fe
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
A private firm's proposal could lead to Mijas becoming home to a motor racing circuit. Land in La Cala has been earmarked for the venture which would involve the construction of circuits, pits and spectator stands, as well as a semi-Olympic- sized sw
The Mijas councillor for Infrastructure, José Carlos Martín, has announced that the council plans to begin three major road improvement projects and has put out to tender three contracts, worth approximately 1.8 million euros in total.
The first im
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
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.
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
Residents in the Torreblanca area of Fuengirola have been breathing a sigh of relief this week after the council temporarily suspended plans to charge them an average 6,000 euros per household.
Plans had been drawn up to demand the payment to fund
It cost an estimated 40 million euros to build and was one of the most important hotel and catering training centres of the Junta de Andalucía. However it was open for barely a decade and has been closed for nearly two years.
The CIO Mijas centre,
The hotel chain Ilunion has acquired its third establishment in the province after it was confirmed that it has taken control of the Hotel Hacienda Puerta del Sol.
The hotel chain, which now runs 26 hotels in the country, will rename the hotel the
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
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
Many residents in the Mijas municipal area who live on privately-constructed residential areas, or 'urbanizaciones', look set to see their services provided by the local council in the future.
Mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, local councillor
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
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
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
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
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
The need to get vital information regarding the problem of domestic violence to the foreign community in Mijas - 40 per cent of the total population according to town hall figures - has resulted in Viogenex, a project which saw its second meeting las
A Partido Popular councillor in Mijas, Santiago Martín, resigned on Thursday after SUR revealed the content of conversations in which a Podemos councillor, Francisco Martínez Ávila, was offered a job in exchange for supporting a vote of no confidence
A petition devised by a group of Costa del Sol residents that appeals for the AP-7 road toll to be lifted when the alternative A-7 is congested, which has gathered approximately 1,500 signatures in under two weeks, is now being backed by local mayors
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
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
Antonia Ledesma is still mayor of Alhaurín el Grande despite the opposition's attempt to replace her with a no-confidence vote on Wednesday.
It wasn't a question of the opposition groups not having enough support to oust the mayor - in the end the
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