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Shows, pa­rades, mu­sic, and talks aimed at im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life of el­derly peo­ple res­i­dent or vis­it­ing Tor­re­vieja are all in the pro­gramme of a pen­sion­ers’ fair tak­ing place at the town’s mu­nic­i­pal leisure cen­tre (macro dis­coteca) this week­end.

The event opens at 10.00 to­day (Fri­day) and Satur­day – and 10.30 on Sun­day. Ac­tiv­i­ties run un­til 14.00 and fol­low­ing a lunch break from 16.0021.00.

The morn­ing ses­sions will es­sen­tially be used for talks and pre­sen­ta­tions by var­i­ous as­so­ci­a­tions, al­though Satur­day morn­ing will also fea­ture tai chi and yoga classes.

The af­ter­noon ses­sions will be taken up with danc­ing and live mu­sic, and choir and dance pre­sen­ta­tions.

Coun­cil­lor for the third age, Fabi­ana Ibarra ex­plained that in ad­di­tion to ‘a num­ber of var­ied ac­tiv­i­ties’, vis­i­tors will also be able to ‘ob­tain in­for­ma­tion about dif­fer­ent ser­vices they can use both now and in the fu­ture’.

Ad­mis­sion is free on all three days. TOR­RE­VIEJA’S new Guardia Civil chief, An­to­nio José Leal Bern­abéu was re­ceived by mayor José Manuel Dolón on Wed­nes­day at the town hall – and handed a tra­di­tional salt boat. Af­ter of­fi­cially meet­ing the sta­tion com­man­der, Sr Dolón and coun­cil­lors held an By Alex Watkins THE RE­GIONAL en­vi­ron­ment department has agreed to drain the Poniente (western) reser­voir at El Hondo nat­u­ral park to con­trol an out­break of bot­u­lism, but ecol­o­gists have in­sisted the mea­sures do not go far enough.

A department spokesman said they will re­move the re­main­ing wa­ter to make the con­di­tions health­ier for wildlife and re­duce the pres­ence of in­va­sive species.

“The drainage will dras­ti­cally cut short the in­cip­i­ent out­break of bot­u­lism and en­able the pop­u­la­tion of carp to be con­trolled, which is an in­va­sive species that is pro­lif­er­at­ing and is the prin­ci­pal cause of these out­breaks by us­ing up the oxy­gen in the wa­ter of the reser­voir,” he ex­plained. hour-long meet­ing to dis­cuss ‘se­cu­rity mat­ters’, in­clud­ing the ter­ror­ist threat and re­la­tions be­tween the Guardia Civil and lo­cal po­lice. They agreed to keep a ‘per­ma­nent line of com­mu­ni­ca­tion open’ and have fur­ther meet­ings to en­sure they are work­ing in harmony.

The bot­u­lism has been less vir­u­lent than in pre­vi­ous years, when out­breaks have killed sev­eral thou­sand birds.

This sea­son about 250 spec­i­mens have been af­fected, about 50 of which have re­cov­ered.

In or­der to en­sure that the reser­voir can con­tinue to ful­fil its pur­poses, new wa­ter will be in­tro­duced which will help to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment and can be used by farm­ers to ir­ri­gate their crops.

The spokesman added that wa­ter has al­ready been added to the Le­vante (eastern) reser­voir, which ‘now has a good wa­ter level and is now re­ceiv­ing species of birds to win­ter there’.

Nev­er­the­less, ecol­o­gist as­so­ci­a­tion the friends of the south Ali­cante wet­lands (AHSA), which had called for By Dave Jones THE NUM­BER of tourists vis­it­ing Tor­re­vieja this sum­mer has in­creased in com­par­i­son with 2016, ac­cord­ing to the town hall.

It is all-but-im­pos­si­ble for the coun­cil to cal­cu­late ex­actly how many peo­ple stay in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity be­cause many of them rent apart­ments which are not in­cluded on any of­fi­cial reg­istry. There­fore they have to ex­am­ine statis­tics for wa­ter us­age and house­hold rub­bish.

Sra Ser­rano noted that for July and Au­gust both sets of data had in­creased when com­pared the reser­voir to be drained in the first place, told Costa Blanca News that the Le­vante reser­voir is ac­tu­ally the worst af­fected by the over­pop­u­la­tion of carp.

AHSA spokesman Ser­gio Ar­royo ex­plained that carp cloud the wa­ter, which kills off the plants and leaves nowhere to live for the in­sects that the ducks need to feed on.

He said this is a ‘lost op­por­tu­nity’ to elim­i­nate the carp pop­u­la­tion and at the same time deal with the con­di­tions that cause bot­u­lism. Ac­cord­ing to Sr Ar­royo, ducks have not been liv­ing in the Le­vante reser­voir for the last five years and it is those us­ing the Poniente that have al­ways ‘seemed to save the park data’.

He said: “We will see what dif­fer­ence (drain­ing the Poniente with 2016. In July last year 1,093,240 cu­bic me­tres (m3) of wa­ter were con­sumed com­pared to 1,172,730 m3 this year; and in Au­gust this went up from 3,115,817 to 3,349,628.

“For the whole sum­mer it was up by around 7.5%,” ex­plained Sra Ser­rano.

Rub­bish col­lec­tion fig­ures went up by 3.8% in July and 3.3% in Au­gust, with 5.76 mil­lion ki­los picked up by bin­men in July and 6.37 mil­lion ki­los in Au­gust.

Sra Ser­rano also com­mented on the num­ber of tourists who vis­ited the town’s tourism reser­voir) makes to the fig­ures this year.”

Another prob­lem af­fect­ing the nat­u­ral park is rub­bish that has ac­cu­mu­lated in the chan­nel which sup­plies the reser­voirs with wa­ter from the mouth of the River Se­gura at Guardamar.

Sr Ar­royo pointed out that the grill by the San An­to­nio weir, which has be­come clogged with plas­tic rub­bish and reeds, is an in­fra­struc­ture that be­longs to the Se­gura river author­ity (CHS).

“The CHS is try­ing to pass the buck by say­ing the rub­bish is a so­cial prob­lem but the law states that its duty is to clean the river,” he as­sured.

“The prob­lem can­not be solved sim­ply by re­fus­ing to deal with the con­se­quences.” of­fices. She said the to­tal of 14,975 was very sim­i­lar to last year but that ‘more and more peo­ple are con­sult­ing in­for­ma­tion via the coun­cil web­site and so­cial net­works’.

The fig­ures for in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors show that French tourists (16.04% of of­fice con­sul­ta­tions) have al­most caught up with the Bri­tish (16.95%).

Oc­cu­pa­tion rates in three and four star ho­tels stood at 78% for July and 85% for Au­gust, an in­crease of 5% and 6% re­spec­tively on last year.

El Hondo in the early sum­mer

La Mata beach in Au­gust

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