November's rainfall a quarter of normal
The amount of rain that fell in Portugal during the first half of November is around a quarter of the normal average. This has prolonged the drought across the mainland and has increased the areas now classified as suffering from ‘extreme drought.’
Special Tourist Tax to end tolls on the Via do Infante
The Left Bloc has proposed that a special tourist tax is created to enable users of the Algarve’s Via do Infante to use the motorway for free. This is one of measures that the party presented during last week's debate on the 2018 State Budget.
Imposition of oil exploration 'violates democratic principles'
Several environmental organisations have accused the Galp-Eni consortium and the government of "violating democratic principles" with the "imposition" of exploration and drilling rights for oil off the Alentejo and Vincentian coast, despite stiff opposition from citizens and local councils. "The imposition of this activity by the Galp-Eni consortium and the Government on the communities of the Algarve and Alentejo is a violation of democratic principles that require transparent, conscious and participative governance," states the group of 28 environmental organisations in a letter sent to national media.
Salgados Praia Grande ‘eco-resort’ - “oversized, illegal and destructive”
The Praia Grande Eco-Resort, planned to be constructed in countryside between Armação de Pêra and Galé, has been slammed by a group of environmental organisations which claim the project "is clearly oversized, illegal and destructive of the public heritage." Millennium Bank has ended up as the owner of the project after property development companies Finalgarve and then Galilei, went bust.
Loulé's main Church to be repaired and renovated
Loulé council is to authorise work at the city’s main church, a national monument, which will have its altarpieces restored, the entrance area repaired and the structure restored in order to solve various technical and safety problems. The area around the Igreja de S. Clemente, in the snappily named ‘Largo do Batalhão dos Sapadores dos Caminhos de Ferro,’ also will be improved.
Government's 'no investment' list includes new Algarve hospital
The postponement of the construction of the Central Hospital of the Algarve is a "serious and irreparable injustice" according to local MP, Cristóvão Norte, who has been picking through the State Budget for 2018, spotting the almost complete lack on investment planned for the region next year. Norte’s list of projects that were promised but that will not go ahead or will be pushed into 2019, include the EN125 remodeling in the eastern Algarve, the dredging and extension to Portimão’s quayside, the rail link to Faro airport and the bridge to link Alcoutim to Spain.
Tavira - new 'Working Group' to look at Pego do Inferno impasse
Representatives from Tavira council, Tavira’s ‘Ciência Viva’ centre and the Almargem environmental association have committed to work as one, to sort out the Pego do Inferno beauty spot and environs, that were blighted by fire in 2012. At a meeting on Thursday, to discuss the Asseca valley, the delegates were presented with a document written three years ago by Rita Borges from the science centre in Tavira, which reported on a survey of the problems at Pego do Inferno such as overcrowding and litter.