Address by the President
Ladies and gentlemen. A warm welcome to you all. Thank you for your attendance
and especial thanks to those overseas owners who are here this evening.
I thank Carmen and NBA for all their assistance and patience throughout the past
Committee members are thanked for their support, their individual duties and
devotion to the cause.
David Dodd continued his valuable work on our web site whilst absorbing the
Particular thanks must be given to all those who helped to make our June Fiesta so
successful. A total of E 1100-which included a very generous sum donated by Hazel
Vincent from the Montebello Children.s Fund - was presented to two Algorfa
charities in the company of the Mayor.
Thanks are also extended to all those who qualified for my Ubuntu awards as
mentioned in the Newsletters and to those often silent but willing volunteers who
contribute to making this Urbanization a better place.
Some interesting statistics for Montebello with 177 houses.
-83 houses or 47% have resident owners. Last year was 54%
-89 houses or 51% are holiday homes . Last year was 44%
-5 houses or 2% are abandoned and now bank owned
Newsletter No 5 commented on the offer by a utility broker to guarantee to lower
electricity costs-the cost per kilowatt hour- by contracting, as required.with those
suppliers offering the lowest tariff .The community has signed up and several
residents have done likewise.
It should be noted that our attempts to obtain a reduced tariff for British
pensioners based on a rebate advertised by Iberdrola were not successful .
In terms of positive progress
-one hour after we finished planting trees and shrubs on the new zona verde
Ayuntamiento contractors began laying the irrigation pipes as promised by the
Alas a few hours later rabbits made a surprise attack.(A case where the bite was
worse than the bark!)
Thanks to Lisa Jones and Fay Steventon who donated trees, to Peter Muegge for
trees and compost and for the generous cash donations from David Dodd,Cheryl
Simmons,Ian Connor, David Smith, David McEwan and Brian Utting -who also
I would like to think groupings from the Calles and Avenidas could be formed to
take care of specific areas. Minimal maintenance is required .
We will further improve the area by sowing wild flower seed from France –
courtesy David and Joan Dodd.
-the relocation of the recycle bin s and the heavy lift dump site to further up Av
Romero has been completed.
-work was done in a remarkably short time by the Ayuntamiento to provide
electricity to the Renfe building by the 5th November. One can only speculate on this
timetable and the immediate future of the building.
-the new filling station by the Masa roundabout must surely indicate the owners are
aware that something will occur in the future which will bring about an increase in
the traffic flow .
I am told the cleaning up of the surrounding land and the repainting of the road
markings in the vicinity are simply measures required by law to upgrade the safety
margins for a site containing fuel.
We continue to enjoy the benefits of membership of the Lo Crispin Cultural
Association, The Notice Board carries details of both events at Lo Crispin and travel
within the Vega Baja.
Our decision to accept the invitation to join Lo Crispin in this venture rather than
form our own Association was based on cost.
I would urge you to register-and indeed to re register- to vote at the Algorfa Town
Hall for the municipal elections in May next year.I believe all residents have a moral
duty to do so.Obviously ID is required.
There is a deadline for registration.
Meeting with the Mayor of Algorfa
-he expressed disappointment for not being able as yet , to provide the toilets ,
changing rooms and a small canteen at the pool and tennis courts.I politely
suggested the tennis courts could be put in abeyance. The toilets /changing rooms
were, by contrast, almost essential.
-he indicated a plan for the new Podas-garden rubbish –site had been approved and
funds were awaited ex Valencia.He promised a much more robust structure.
The owner is still holding out for a compensation sum higher that that offered so
This may well be considered an ill advised strategy as , ultimately, the building will
.be demolished with probably a lower recompense .
I would like to be more definitive in terms of real progress. Suffice to say the Mayor
spoke passionately about this venture indicating
-the final report requested by Valencia-an environmental study now embracing
areas beyond the commercial area-was underway.
-contrary to rumours no houses would be built around the centre and nothing of an
industrial nature would be allowed.
-the MASA site has been sold to a third party. The fact that it remains deserted
may well suggest the sale is purely an investment opportunity with the new owner
fully aware that the debris on the site will be removed by those developing the
.Interesting to hear from Spanish security company that several items have been
removed illegally from the old factory including a quantity of steel .
-the sale of the old house with the small orange orchard opposite MASA–also with
no current activity -again suggests a purchase was made with an eye on future
-whilst Hormignones e Morteros continues to operate the licence for Holcim –the
other’ cement’ factory -has lapsed.We cannot however realistically expect to see a
court baliff charging down the road waving an eviction order in the next few weeks.
-my request that in terms of safety some effort must be made to patch up the holes
on the road near the entrance to Holcim was however acknowledged
The Mayor undertook to visit Montebello in week 45 to acquaint himself with
progress on the Urb.
-Zoco market is not closing and yes, the commercial centre will share boundaries
with the market.
I provided the Town Hall with a list of abandoned house on Montebello with a
request that the respective banks, who are now the owners, be requested to clean up
the gardens and dispose of the rubbish .Photographs have been taken b y the Local
-I remain disappointed at the lack of volunteers to use the free spraying equipment
to eradicate the few weeds on our streets and I again appeal for better control
of dogs within our boundaries
.There is still evidence of dog fouling on forbidden areas.Sadly overseas owners
have reported cats from adjoining properties invading gardens with no attempt by
the resident neighbour to clean up.
On a happier note I thank Montebello residents for their personal support
throughout this past year and in her absence overseas I thank my wife Marie for
her patience and forbearance when Montebello duties have taken priority.
Thank you all.