Fibre optic broadband plans for Manilva

The Mayor of Manilva, Diego Urieta and Telefonica’s regional director, María Jesús Almazor, held a meeting to outline the company’s plans to expand the fibre optic network into Manilva, with work already under way on the FTTH (Fibre To The Home) infrastructure which should see availability of service over some 90% of the municipality later this year, allowing download speeds of 100 Mb and uploads of 10 Mb.

As well as benefitting domestic users the real impact will be on businesses, removing one of the biggest stumbling blocks to efficient operation for many self-employed, small and medium sized companies.

It was also announced that 4G mobile technology will be available to current subscribers at no extra cost, providing better coverage particularly within buildings as well as in rural areas.

Manilva Town Hall to trial electric vehicle

The car manufacturer Renault has provided Manilva’s municipal fleet of vehicles with an electric van, on a trial basis.

The vehicle is the Kangoo ZE which is fully electric and was launched in 2011, and is a pioneer in the market for electric vans.

The decision to trial the van came about following a meeting between the councillor for Cleaning & Transport and the councillor for the Environment, Antonio de Haro and Emilio Lopez respectively, in which the state of the municipal vehicle pool was discussed. Many of the vehicles have mechanical issues due to their age, and it was agreed that the town hall should look to replace them with vehicles which are more economical and better for the environment as well as quieter.

The Kangoo ZE has a range of 170 km depending on the payload, speed, use of heating or air-conditioning, and driving style.

The Town Hall also runs a subsidy scheme providing a grant for local residents looking to purchase electric vehicles.

Renault Kangoo electric van

Manilva presents the VIII Semana Blanca Basketball Camp

Manilva is hosting the VIII Semana Blanca Basketball Camp which will be held at the Las Viñas Sports Complex in Manilva over the period 23 to 27 February from 9 am to 2 pm.

Organised by the Manilva sports club Basketbase 2012 in collaboration with Manilva Town Hall’s Sports Department and the Andalucia Basketball Federation the VIII Semana Blanca Basketball Camp coincides with the Semana Blanca half term school holiday and is aimed at students between the ages of 3 and 16 years.

The cost is 25 euros per person which includes transport where necessary.

For more information contact 600 074 352 ir 952 891 532

Seman Basketball Campus in Manilva 2015

119% increase in investment in infrastructure in 2015 municipal budget

At the council meeting on 23 December 2014, the local government approved the municipal budget for 2015. This was a historic moment as it is 30 years since the budget was approved before the start of the year it related to. At the same meeting the 2015 for the GEUMA planning and infrastructure department was also approved.

The Mayor of Manilva, Diego Urieta, explained that the budget of 21.6 million euros is “a sound and responsible one” with a number of measures that enhance municipal services and local infrastructure and avoid unnecessary expense. According to the Mayor “the expenses directly relate to the municipal incomes”.

The Councillor for Finance, Marcos Ruiz, stressed that “this budget is designed to adhere to the principles of financial sustainability and budgetary stability and without any cuts to existing services”.

Staff from the now defunct Society of Social Communication, which ran the TV and radio stations, have now been incorporated into the Town Hall workforce following negotiations over recent months.

On the expenditure side, the 2015 budget of 20,7 million euros, shows a rise of 20 percent on last year’s with the rises in the budgets for  Tourism, Health, Media Communication and Environment by 268 percent. One of the aims of this increase is to boost tourism promotion as well as maintain 24 emergency medical cover in the town.

Infrastructure, water and sanitation, increased by 119%, mainly for investments that have been announced and maintenance of existing equipment.

Social Services, Fiestas and Women’s Department have seen an 11 percent increase, confirming the council’s commitment to social concerns.

The Departments of Youth, Economy, Employment Promotion, Statistics, Citizen Participation all receive a 61 percent increase.

Also worth noting is the increase in spending on Sports, and Foreigners.

Country music at La Raspita

Country music at La Raspita with Johnny Westwood

Top Country and Western singer Johnny Westwood brings his ‘The Legends of Country’ to Venta La Raspita, Manilva, on Tuesday 30 December from 7.30 pm.

Listen to the music of some of Country music’s top stars whilst enjoying a three-course meal at the popular restaurant.

Tickets are just 19.50 € which includes meal and show, and are available from The Bookshop and Fathoms in Sabinillas, and The Gift Shop in Duquesa Port, or email

Entries invited for the this season’s Manilva Amateur 7-a-side Football League

The enrollment period is now open for the participation in the eleventh edition of the Manilva Amateur 7-a-side Football League

According to the Councillor for Sports, Mario Jimenez, this year’s competition is open to a maximum of thirteen teams, each of which will pay an inscription of 350 euros plus 100 euros as a deposit.

Along with the enrollment fee teams must submit a completed application form with a colour photograph and photocopy of the ID card of each team member.

Teams must consist of a minimum of twelve and a maximum of fifteen players. All must be over 18 and at least six must be over the age of 30. Also only four players, not registered on the Manilva Padron will be permitted in each team.

Teams have until September 30 to register.

Manilva Football 7

Leslie Harrison ‘Rock Chick’ at La Mecedora

Leslie Harrison

Live Music Spain presents the original ‘Rock Chick’, Leslie Harrison, performing live at La Mecedora Hotel and Restaurant (formerly Rorys) between Sabinillas and Duquesa Port, on Saturday, 20 September from 7 pm.

Entry is just 15 euros and includes a welcome drink from the bar and free barbecue.

Tickets are available from La Mecedora or from the Sabinillas Bookshop.

Call 952 936 267 or 616 640 426 for reservations.

See La Mecedora Hotel and Restaurant for more information

Dog training resumes in Sabinillas

Dog Training

Dog training sessions have resumed at the fairground in Sabinillas (Sunday market site) from Tuesday 9 September.

Classes are held weekly on a Tuesday morning with the Beginners Class at 10 am and Advanced Classes at  11 am.

The classes are run by experienced dog trainer and behaviourist Ian Smith from 4paws Dog School and are just 7 euros a session.

For more information visit or call 951 276 823 or 610 875 743.

New Jersey Boys at Bosquipark

Jersey Boys at Bosquipark

Live Music Spain presents a Tribute to The Jersey Boys at Bosquipark (behind the Post Office, Sabinillas) on Sunday 31 August, 2014, from 8 pm.

This fabulous tribute to the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tells the story of how the group went from being New Jersey kids to international pop superstars through their beautiful songs including “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”.

Supporting the Jersey Boys will be Kelly and Mark Edmundson performing their ‘Back in Time’ show and the whole evening will be compered by Peter Charles.

Tickets are just 20 euros which includes a drink (beer, wine, or soft drink) and a tapa.

Tickets available from The Bookshop in Sabinillas,, or call 666 271 618.