AN­CIENT WALL UN­EARTHED

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The re­mains of an his­toric wall were dis­cov­ered in front of the en­trance to the Civil War tun­nels in Almería city last week.

The 11th cen­tury wall was un­earthed dur­ing road works and has been iden­ti­fied as one of the ram­parts that sur­rounded the Almeriyya me­d­ina, the an­cient heart of the city when it was un­der Ara­bic rule. The re­gional gov­ern­ment’s cul­ture depart­ment how­ever has de­cided it should re­main un­ex­ca­vated and be con­served un­der­ground, as it lies un­der a busy street.

Pipe work will be rerouted around the wall but oth­er­wise the road works will carry on as planned.

NEW CAR SALES UP

New car sales in Almería prov­ince in Oc­to­ber went up by 13.7 per cent com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2016, ac­cord­ing to mo­tor traders.

Pri­vate car sales went up from 734 units in Oc­to­ber 2016 to 854 last month, rep­re­sent­ing a 16.3 per cent in­crease. Busi­ness and fleet car sales rose slightly by 5.3 per cent in com­par­i­son, with 222 ve­hi­cles sold. Brand Seat led the way with 106 cars sold, fol­lowed by Citroen (90) and Kia with 83. Cars with low CO2 emis­sions (up to 120 g/kilo­me­tre) ac­counted for the ma­jor­ity of sales – 825.

VERA'S PARK PESTS

Vera coun­cil has fined clean­ing com­pany Ur­baser around €19,000 for al­legedly fail­ing to carry out its du­ties.

Coun­cil in­spec­tors check­ing El Palmeral park prior to the town fi­esta in Septem­ber re­ported a “lack of main­te­nance” and spot­ted mice, snakes and bee­tles in the gar­dens. The coun­cil sub­se­quently brought in an­other firm to do an emer­gency clean up. The de­ci­sion was op­posed by the Par­tido Pop­u­lar which claimed main­tain­ing the park was out­side Ur­baser’s du­ties.

LON­DON VISIT

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is pro­mot­ing Almería as a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion at the World Travel mar­ket in­dus­try fair in Lon­don this week. The tourism team is ac­com­pa­nied by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous ho­tels in­clud­ing the Bri­tish owned Ho­tel Ca­sona Granado in Lubrín. Diputación vice pres­i­dent Javier Gar­cía de­scribed the fair as an “es­sen­tial show­case” for mak­ing new con­tacts with world­wide tourism op­er­a­tors.

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