Another Immigrant Boat Arrives
A humanitarian emergency has been declared by The Cabildo with the arrival of another immigrant boat from West Africa. The flat seas have meant dozens of small boats have been able to make the usually hazardous crossing. More than 100 unaccompanied minors are among the arrivals, and The Cabildo are seeking options to house them temporarily. They are currently in tents.
The latest boat arrived in La Santa this morning, with 30 people, including 18 children aboard. Many were suffering severe dehydration after the five day crossing.
Update: The Cabildo has secured the youth hostel at La Santa as temporary housing for the children.
Our thanks to Bob Foy for the image above.
Fans Mourn Death Of UD Lanzarote Star
Miguel Padrón Arbelo, one of the stars of the UD Lanzarote football team in the early 2000’s, died this week at the age of 34, after fighting a serious illness. There will be a minute’s silence at Sunday’s home game as a mark of respect.
Yaiza Council Tax Reduced
Yaiza town hall has announced a decrease in the IBI (council tax) for properties owners in the municipality. As well as the small decrease in tax rates, there is a further 50% reduction in the bill for those owners who have installed solar electrical systems on their properties. Both take effect in 2019.
Tinajo Seeking To Remove Speed Cameras
Tinajo Ayuntamiento has requested the removal of the speed cameras at Tinguaton and the Timanfaya cycle route. The council suggest the experiment has failed and the very low speed limits cause problems for residents travelling across the island. They are also seeking to raise the speed limit on the road to 80KMH.
Tias Invests The Most
Tias is the municipality on the island that invests the most per resident at €119. Haria comes next with €109 per inhabitant, followed by Teguise (€87,) then Yaiza (€48.) Tinajo invests the least at just €17 per capita.