Fetid rubbish puts end to fiesta

7th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 August 2007 , ALMUÑECAR – Piles of fetid rubbish filling the streets of this Mediterranean resort town resulting from a strike by sanitation workers have forced officials to call off this week's annual fiesta, officials said on Tuesday.

7 August 2007

ALMUÑECAR – Piles of fetid rubbish filling the streets of this Mediterranean resort town resulting from a strike by sanitation workers have forced officials to call off this week's annual fiesta, officials said on Tuesday.

Citing "the serious hygienic situation" following three days of the walkout by the rubbish collectors, a town hall spokesman said the fiesta, which was to run from 9 – 15 August was suspended.

The spokesman apologised for the suspension to tourists, town residents and the operators of "casetas", or pavilions where fair goers eat, drink and dance the night away, saying: "it's not what we wanted but is inevitable given the current sanitary conditions."

Town authorities complained that the rubbish collectors had not fulfilled their promise to carry out minimum services during the strike and that an estimated 700 tonnes of rubbish had accumulated in the streets.

But Junta de Andalucia regional officials who visited the town said that while the "smell was awful" from the uncollected waste, there was no threat at the moment to public health.

(Copyright EFE with Expatica)

                               Subject: Spanish News

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