The president of the Generalitat, José Montilla, has said that his government will not support the building of a ‘stockyard’ for nuclear waste in the southern Catalan town of Ascó (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Speaking on Spanish television this morning, Montilla clearly said that he didn’t want the nuclear stockpile in Ascó, saying that Catalunya currently already generates more than 40 percent of the nuclear energy produced in Spain. Montilla called on solidarity between the different autonomous communities and urged another region to take on the construction of the ‘temporary centralised depository’ (Almacén Temporal Centralizado or ATC).
The Generalitat’s traffic department has called on drivers to be more cautious after a week in which 11 people died in road accidents here (read article in Catalan here, Avui). “It’s been a disastrous week from the point of view of road safety,” said the director of the Servei Català de Trànsit (SCT), Josep Pérez Moya. “When you have 11 deaths in a week, it means you have to put every effort into alerting drivers and requiring them to put greater attention and concentration into their driving.” The mortal accidents took place in the four provinces of Catalunya and all types of vehicle were involved (lorries, cars and moped) but Pérez Moya pointed to the fact that two-thirds of the accidents involved a head-on collision or an accident at a road exit, both of which imply a lack of attention on the part of the driver.
Penthouse flats or ‘áticos’ continue to be a popular option for those looking to buy property in Barcelona despite the crisis (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). A report by the on-line estate agency portal, idealista.com, has found that these flats continue to be much more sellable than other types of property in the city, despite the fact that, according to idealista, they cost on average 16 percent more than other flats; the average cost of top-floor flats is €497,000 (equivalent of €4,747 per square metre on average). At the present time, the greatest number of áticos available is in the neighbourhood of Horta-Guinardó.
Also in the news: Update on condition of Catalan hostages held by Al-Qaeda group (read article in full here, El Periodico); Barça finishes the first half of the season with the best stats in Europe (read article in full here, El Periodico); Arenys de Mar businesses complain about fines for having signs in Castilian (read article in full here, La Vanguardia)