Manilva Foreign Residents presentation of 2015-16 programme of events

Manilva’s Foreign Residents Department, headed by Councillor Dean Shelton, have organised a presentation of the programme of events and activities for the coming 12 months on Friday 25 September, from 7 pm in the Castle in Castillo de la Duquesa.

As well as the presentation there will be entertainment by Eva Cabrera and her flamenco dancers and Daniela Caballero.

There will also be refreshments and paella served to all those in attendance.

Foreign Residents presentation 2014 2015

 

Sabi Street Party 2015

This year’s Sabi Street Party will be held on Saturday 22 August and is raising funds for the Kunkajang Nursery School, Knombo North, The Gambia on behalf of The Nyland Charitable Foundation with the support of the Duquesa Charitable Society of St George and the Manilva Foreign Residents Department.

Starting at 6 pm in the Plaza Los Naranjos, Punta Almina, Sabinillas, there will be a packed programme of live entertainment including a performance from members of the local handicapped charity Luisana.

There will be craft stalls, raffle, bouncy castle, face painting, etc., and food and drinks will be available in the bars adjoining the square: Casa Juan, La Barca, Toni’s, O’Callaghans, Cathy’s Clown, and Graingers.

For more information, to donate, or to book a stall please contact on of the event organisers: David Harmston on 603 524 795 or Angela Welch on 693 731 478.

Sabinillas Street Party

 

PSOE win in Manilva local elections

Diego Jose JimenezAfter a nail biting finale to Sunday’s election process, and following a number of recounts and disputes the results are in for the Manilva local elections.

As they currently stand the PSOE, headed by Diego Jose Jimenez, gained the highest number of votes with 1,380 (27.4 %) 5 seats; COMPROMISO 1,209 (24 %) 5 seats; IU 1,052 (20.89 %) 4 seats; PP 668 (13.26 %) 2 seats; A.S.M. 447 (8.87 %) 1 seat; and M S I 189 (3.75 %) no seats.

Of the 17 council seats it requires 9 seats to give a majority so on balance the IU hold the keys to government as a PSOE-Compromiso alliance is unlikely, but there again local politics always has the ability to baffle the logically minded.

For the expat community the main achievement of the evening is the election of Dean Tyler Shelton as Manilva’s first British councillor so hats off to the IU for taking that bold and historic step.

IU4IU councillors: Dean Shelton, Antonio Barragan, Patricia Recio, Agustin Vargas

 

A guide to voting in the Spanish local elections

On Sunday, 24 May, Spain goes to the polls in the local elections to vote for which party will govern your local town hall for the next four years.

Citizens of all EU countries, along with citizens of a number of countries which have reciprocal agreements, are eligible to vote providing they are registered on the local census (Padron) and have requested the right to vote.

Those of you who expressed a desire to vote before December 31 of last year, or who voted in the last local election should have received a voting slip (Tarjeta censal) in the post. If you haven’t received your slip don’t worry, merely turn up at your designated polling station on Sunday May 24 between 9 am and 8 pm with photo id (your passport is always the best bet) and the station staff will look you up on their list.

Inside the voting slip it will have your details along with the address of the polling station where you should go to vote.

In the case of Manilva there are three polling stations: The Pabellon de Usos Multiples, next to the football ground in Manilva for those resident in Manilva town and adjacent developments; the CEIP San Luis de Sabinillas primary school in Calle Maria Zambrano for those living in Sabinillas; and the Castle in Castillo de la Duquesa for those living in Castillo, Duquesa and most of the urbanisations such as El Hacho, Los Hidalgos, Hacienda Guadalupe, etc.

Once the staff have checked that you are eligible to vote you will be directed to a voting booth inside of which you will find the lists of all the parties contesting the election.

In Spain you vote for the Party rather than for individuals so all you need to do is place the list of the party for which you wish to vote in the envelope supplied, there is no need to seal it. Only include one list, DO NOT mark the list in any way, shape or form, in fact don’t take a pen or pencil with you, that way you will not be tempted to put a cross or tick or any comment on the list. If you do it will be disqualified and your vote wasted.

Take the envelope to the table where the officer will instruct you to place it in the ballot box and your contribution to local democracy is complete.

The List System

There are a fixed number of councillors which is governed by the number of registered residents, in Manilva’s case there are currently 17 elected councillors.

Unlike the UK the election is by proportional representation and you vote for the political party as opposed to individual candidates. Each party presents a list of its candidates in order of preference, they then get to install their members into office according to the percentage of the vote they receive ie 1 councillor for every 5.9% of the vote they gain.

The Mayor is then elected by the councillors and is in most cases the leader of the party which gains the highest percentage of the overall vote, although if the party fails to get a majority they have to pact with one or more of the other parties, and this can sometimes be at the expense of handing over the mayorship.

Checklist

  • Sunday 24 May, 2015
  • Polling station open from 9 am to 8 pm
  • Take ID and Tarjeta censal if you have it
  • Select the list of your preferred party
  • DO NOT mark the list in any way
  • Hand envelope to ballot officer
  • Go and celebrate your contribution to local democracy

Where to vote

Manilva

The Pabellon de Usos Multiples, next to the football ground in Manilva for those resident in Manilva town and adjacent developments; the CEIP San Luis de Sabinillas primary school in Calle Maria Zambrano for those living in Sabinillas; and the Castle in Castillo de la Duquesa for those living in Castillo, Duquesa and most of the urbanisations such as El Hacho, Los Hidalgos, Hacienda Guadalupe, etc.

Casares

For those living in Casares Town and rural areas your polling stations is in the Pensioner’s Club, Hogar del Jubilado, Calle Carrera 91, Casares.

For Casares Costa you should cast your vote at the Tenencia de Alcaldia in Marina de Casares.

Whilst those of you in Secadero should visit the Tenencia de Alcaldia in Secadero.

Estepona

Given the size of Estepona there are a number of polling stations across the municipality. To find out in which one you should vote visit the Town Hall website at http://ayuntamiento.estepona.es/ and introduce your NIE number into the box ‘Consulta de Colegios Electorales’ and you will be told where your polling station is.

Election paperwork

Trip to Jerez and Arcos

Manilva’s Foreign Residents Department is organising a day trip to the ‘Fronteras’, Jerez and Arcos, on Saturday 31 January.

Leaving from the Castle in Castillo de la Duquesa at 8.30 am the cost of 30 euros includes return coach travel, breakfast and lunch, along with guided tours in Arcos and Jerez.

For more information or to reserve your place call 952 893 548

Arcos de la Frontera

Night visit to the Alhambra Palace in Granada

Manilva’s Foreign Residents Department is organising a trip to Granada on April 18 and 19 which will include a night visit to the world famous Alahambra Palace.

The price of 80 euros includes one night bed and breakfast at a 3* hotel in the city centre and entrance to the Alhambra.

For more information or to reserve your place call 952 893 548 or visit the Foreign Residents office in the Castle.

Alhambra in Granada

Trip to Cazorla, Ubeda and Baeza

Manilva’s Foreign Residents Department is organising a trip to Cazorla, Ubeda and Baeza, in Andalucia’s Jaen province, from 20 to 22 February.

The trip costs 165 euros per person which includes two nights full board accommodation in a 4* hotel, return travel and guides.

For more information or to reserve your place call 952 893 548 or visit the Foreign Residents office in the Castle.

Cazorla

Why you should register on the Padron – An information evening

With the 30 December deadline approaching for foreign residents to register to vote, Manilva’s Foreign Residents Department is organising a meeting on Wednesday, 17 December at the Manilva Wine Centre, from 6 pm, to explain the advantages of registration on the Electoral Roll (Padron) and the voting census, along with other topics of interest to Manilva’s foreign residents.

To make it easier for those who work weekdays, it will also be possible to register between 10 am and 1 pm at the Tourist Office in Duquesa Port on each of the Saturdays leading up to the end of December beginning Saturday 13.

Wine Centre

Application period for latest IBI discount is now open

The application period for the IBI discount is now open. From now until the end of December, 2014, the discount on the IBI charge for those with a clean payment record has begun. In order for you to benefit from this discount you need to comply with 3 requirements: be registered on the local padron, have your IBI bill on direct debit and have no debts with the town hall.

The procedure for applying is easy:

  • Fill in a form found in the Town Hall offices or on the Town Hall website HERE
  • Present you IBI bill from last year and have it on direct debit
  • Present a copy of your NIE/passport

All these must be then registered in the Manilva Town Hall, Calle Mar, or in Sabinillas at the Tenencia de Alcaldia.

If you have any questions when filling in the documents and need help, please contact the Foreign Residents Office in the Castle, or send an email to extranjeros@ayto-manilva.com or contact Valentina in the Town Planning Office, above the local police station in Manilva or phone 689 948 672.

IBI