The battle for the streets
By Jo Wickman OPPOSING sides are fighting to allow drinking on certain streets in Castellón once again or to keep the current prohibition in place.
The Spanish Supreme Court ruled to make drinking on all streets illegal back in June, validating a complaint filed by local association Castelló Sense Soroll (Castellón without noise). However, now the city hall and a local bar association have appealed the measure and hope to reinstate previous legislation, which allowed drinking only in specific areas.
The reason behind the appeal filed earlier this week is that a certain type of bars, the ‘Tascas’ make their living by allowing people to gather outside their venues with their drinks. Since the June ruling, they have lost part of their revenue, and have managed to get the local government on their side, with both fighting to reinstate the previous law.
On the other hand, Castelló Sense Soroll argues that even if only on certain streets, drinking outside specialised premises still represents a disturbance for residents. Furthermore, they also stated that it goes against the law that categorises these areas as Acoustically Saturated Zones (ZAS), meaning measures do have to be in place to reduce noise levels. By Samantha Kett PEST control in Oliva is becoming more efficient thanks to residents reporting problems to the council, says head of public health Inma Ibiza.
Whilst last year, residents only 'complained' to the local authority about 29 cases of cockroaches, rats and other infestations of insects or vermin, the number has risen to 95 so far this year.
It is largely thanks to a new phone-in and email system set up to give Oliva residents a direct line to the department, so that they can get onto the problem right away.
Calls to the main town hall and Local Police number, 962 850 250 on extension 555, or to 661 343 504, can be made between 09.00 and 14.00 on weekdays, or anyone who has a problem with infestations can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drainage networks, schools and nurseries, health centres, pensioners' day centres, social centres and public parks have been targeted as a priority.
Special focus has been placed on the pine trees around Santa Anna castle, to eradicate processional caterpillars, and on wiping out tiger mosquitoes.