The bat­tle for the streets

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

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 rosa.aguilar@oliva.es.

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.

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