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01 June 2009
Siesta Show Webisode 66 - Ex-Pats clean up their act!

In today's webisode Colin strikes out on his own! He meets up with a group of ex-pats and holiday owners who have started up an action group to help clean up the area that they love the most in Spain, the fabulous port of La Duquesa in Manilva, on the Costa Del Sol.

Special thanks to Manilva Autos for their Sponsorship of this dedicated team of people.

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Jan said:
01 June 2009 @ 20:44

Very good initiative!
And Colin, you look much younger than last time on the Siesta show. Must be the Spanish sun....

Michael barnwell said:
02 June 2009 @ 09:29

This is a superb initiative and the people who have taken up the mantel here deserve considerable thanks from all those of us who enjoy Duquesa Port whenever we are able to be in Manilva.

The Crazy Gang said:
02 June 2009 @ 11:39

A huge thanks to Colin for doing the show, and to Carolyn for organising Colin ! I think they did a fab presentation. We were all a bit nervous to be honest, but Colin & Carolyn put us at our ease as much as they possibly could.

I hope Justin doesn't mind but here's the link to the discussion thread at Manilva Life http://www.manilvalife.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10993
where there are almost 3000 views. Steve did a reciprocal link on ML to here and I'm sure Gary didn't mind either. We're all stakeholders in the Port.


Will & Marianne and the rest of the Crazy Gang, Rosemary & Simon, Karen & Steve, Charlie & John, Robert, Letty and any other names I've missed out but who lent a hand.

Maureen said:
02 June 2009 @ 15:35

What a brilliant idea, we noticed how tidy and clean the port was looking when we were there last month, lots of painting etc, wouldn't mind getting involved with you all next time we come out which will be in July, thanks to you all for doing what your doing, we bought our apartment on Coto Real because we fell in love with the port.

Justin said:
02 June 2009 @ 16:24

Great stuff Colin! You're a natural.

Well done to everyone and their efforts to improve the port, it was really needed.

From Somewhere In So said:
02 June 2009 @ 17:56

Guys, you're not going to believe this but if reports are true, the
mayoress has threatened to have us arrested ! Yup !!


Hi Beli & Chris

I was totally shocked to hear that the Mayoress has threatened to have me and others arrested if we further attempt to help clean up the Port.

Can you please confirm if this is true ?

I can assure the Mayoress that I have no political associations with any Party, either here at home or in Spain.

I understand that an accusation has been made that we are being paid to do this volunteer work in order to embarrass the Mayoress.

Can I publicly assure you that this is totally untrue and is slanderous.

I have been at pains to be very supportive of the Mayoress and the Foreigners Department, especially in relation to the Penoncillo Road where she was fantastic in getting the situation resolved. If you remember I sent a congratulatory email just a few weeks ago to that effect.

Eye On Spain did a Webisode on the condition of the Port, again we were very supportive of the Foreigners Department. A copy can be seen at http://www.eyeonspain.com/tv/

Regarding the Port clean-up we specifically invited the Mayoress to the informal social meeting we had at C Bar last Tuesday 26th May 09.

You, Chris and Councilor Diego Diaz kindly attended and my very clear understanding was we had a green light to lift litter, weed and generally tidy up. We were so pleased that you attended and were taking such a supporting interest.

We have started that and already there's such a positive outcome - many supporting emails from local residents and business owners have flooded in, and many people are already remarking on the fantastic improvement in the Port.

This has just been achieved by a dozen people, working voluntarily, spread over a few weeks. Think what improvement there would be with official help.

I'm told the Mayoress has two people working down at the Port. I think this will be news to most people. Where are they and what have they actually been doing ? I have never saw any workmen at any stage in over 5 years visiting the Port, and frankly, it showed.

By general consensus the condition of the Port has declined over the past several years.

That's not a political point, just a fact that will be verified by thousands of people if they were asked.

I'm now concerned that if these arrest on sight orders are true, it's going to make for a disastrous public relations debacle for the Mayoress. Already there are many postings to the Manilva Life thread expressing total disbelief.

Is the Mayoress really suggesting that residents and second home owners will be arrested for picking UP litter ? Can't begin to imagine the public and press re-action to that.

As a matter of urgency please come back to me and confirm the Mayoress's position and do we have her support for the voluntary group ?

Kind Regards

Will Fleming

Capt Martin - "somew said:
02 June 2009 @ 19:25

Been coming to Puerto de la Duquesa since the 70's and yes the girls and fellows have made a great improvement. You are aware that the port is responsible to the faint blue line and teh so called council from that towards land.

I could not believe the report that the Mayors Office was going to stop the volenteers!!

How about getting rid of the "lookey lookkey" men in the port! There are more here than we have ever seen before..


Martin & Sue - "somewhere"

dr david ashby said:
03 June 2009 @ 01:33

well done chris at last aprogram that tells the true story of expats we dont all take every thing people like you on your program give a true picture.

dr david ashby said:
03 June 2009 @ 01:35

well done chris at last aprogram that tells the true story of expats we dont all take every thing people like you on your program give a true picture.
david sorry i meant colin to many vino tontos

Norman Sands said:
03 June 2009 @ 09:49

Whether intended or not this is good political stuff.

On the practical side is it a good thing for unlikely looking manual workers to volunteer to carry out this work, unsupervised with amateur tools, no protective clothing etc. etc. not to mention insurance in this politically correct world.

Visited the doc the other day who told me that all GPs now have to go on a course to learn how to wash their hands.

Not to mention whose jobs are being hijacked in these economic times?

Still all bored ex-pats should be allowed their fun, shouldn't they???

derek55 said:
03 June 2009 @ 13:17

Well done to all concerned in cleaning up the port. I did contact the editor of the Resident some time ago to get them to make a noise about the condition of the footpaths and especially the steps.
He replied that it was not up to one organisation but each part of the port is the responsability of each individual Community.
I am sure the Presidents of the respective communities will be pleased that you are doing their work for them.
So keep up the good work and chase the Presidents for money from their budgets.

See you in Cbar soon


David said:
03 June 2009 @ 14:05

You´d think that with 600 people employed by Manilva Town Hall, they could spare a couple of people to clean the port. I find it amazing that with such high staffing levels, so little gets done in Manilva. I watch them stroll in on a morning, do a bit of work then head to the bar for breakfast and then they´re off home at 3.00pm, which usually actually means any time from 2.30pm.

I´m not being political here. As far as I´m concerned, politicians from both sides are scum, as we´ve seen in the UK recently.

The Crazy Gang said:
04 June 2009 @ 07:30

Hi all

Just to bring you all up to date, all is now sweetness and light and we have a full green light from the Mayoress to carry on with our efforts.

It would appear that some political mischief was at foot and the volunteers were wrongly identified as part of a plot to discredit the Mayoress. This is complete nonesense as everyone can plainly see. Happy to set the record straight.


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