The restoration of the natural park area of the Llobregat delta is to begin, one year after the extension of the El Prat airport (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). AENA, (Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea) who own the facility are to begin work this month on the first stretch of coastline and promenade which will form the Parc del Litoral. The coast park development is of great importance to ensuring the environmental balance of the wetlands in the delta and the airport. The natural space has not been directly affected by the growth of infrastructure as there is legal protection over the area which has been in force since 1987 and protects 923 hectares. However, they have reduced or lost much of the outlying areas. In these buffer areas around the wetlands, Parc Litoral is a key area. The four areas of the park are, from north to south, the services at the end of the B-203 that includes the Illa laguna, the pine forest of Can Camins, the old golf course at lake Roberta and the military base. The first is where AENA construction will begin work at the cost of seven million euros. The demolition of old buildings is already completed, but they will also be improving access to the beach, building new parking spaces, extending and restoring the Illa wetland, and building an information centre. The ayuntamiento want to construct a service area here with eight locals. On the September 1st a dam will be built to protect the sand from erosion. The pine forest Can Camins was cleared and fenced by AENA three years ago, over the golf club, the ayuntamiento is negotiating with AENA over three projects: to create a sports complex, a pitch and putt which will be open to all or to convert the former club house into a restaurant and meeting centre.
La Guardia Civil increase the list of those involved in the 'caso Pretoria' (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). The investigation links the secretary of Santa Coloma, two of those responsible for the Gramepark and the manager of the comarca Barcelonès Santa Coloma. The Guardia Civil have concluded the bulk of the investigations of the case involving corruption over the plot of land from Santa Coloma de Gramenet to create a report of 319 pages which has already been delivered to the Audencia Nacional (the National Court) and the anti-corruption prosecutor. The new research opens new lines of enquiries that detail the alleged crimes committed in several urban operations in Santa Coloma and the people who participated in them. One of the cases they are looking at more closely involves the sale of two buildings in the plaça de Europa in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat which the police had concluded was a private business. Caso Pretoria centres around the amendments of a plot of land approved on July 26th, 2004, from which the council was set to gain €12.9 million allowing officials and the developing company to pocket the extra money. The Guardia Civil regard that the persons who participated in the business "were aware of the amount of capital gains that were generated as a result of the amendment." Several of these public leaders have already been charged, the socialist Bartomeu Muñoz, mayor of Santa Coloma, Manuel Dobarco, deputy mayor, Pascual Vela and director of services Lluís Falcon and the head of projects, Emili Mas. The new names under investigation include the municipal secretary Javier Ezquiaga, Imanol Pujana, the current manager of Barcelona Regional Council. The third person now linked to the case is Enric Camps, economist and member of the diputación of Barcelona and municipal auditor at the time of the amendment.
Rafael Nadal is a Wimbledon champion again, and one of the very finest to lift the trophy (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Rafael Nadal proved that he is the undisputed world champion as he held up the Challenge Cup again after beating 12th seed Tomas Berdych. Nadal beat the Czech player in two hours and 14 minutes in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. Few other tennis players can boast of the track record of Nadal, with eight Grand Slams titles at only 24 years old. Only Sweden's Bjorn Borg did something similar winning 10. Nadal yesterday overtook John McEnroe who only gained seven titles. Speaking yesterday Nadal said "I'm very proud to be at this club with great players. My career is much better than I could have dreamed. I feel very fortunate to experience something like this." When receiving the cup from the Duke of Kent he said "This tournament is perfect. Fans have a respect for the sport and the players that makes it the best tournament in the world."
Also in the news: Lleida and Tarragona on alert from high temperatures (read full article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia).