Mayor of Benidorm and Vice Consul get down to business

FIRST MEETING: Toni Perez, mayor of Benidorm with Lloyd Milen, British Vice Consul.

The new mayor of Benidorm, Toni Perez, met British Vice Consul Lloyd Milen for the first time to discuss matters that affect expatriates in Benidorm.
After a warm greeting from the mayor they sat down to talk about new initiatives. The mayor explained that during the summer months there would be extra police in areas where they can assist British tourists, and these officers would speak English and be trained to deal with the type of problems that can occur when on holiday.
The mayor stressed that he appreciated the benefits that the British brought to Benidorm, not just as tourists but also those that have made the city their home.
Regarding expatriates who have residency in Spain, the mayor stressed that it is important they register on the padron so they can access the services and facilities when they need to.  
Lloyd mentioned the forthcoming International Charity Day, Saturday September 5, which will bring together many charities and the mayor promised his full support.
The mayor also said he would be involved with the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal as he understood what great deeds they did for current and ex-service men.
Lloyd explained that Benidorm was in the top 10 towns in Spain for British expatriates and that every town had different needs according to their demographic and circumstances and that it was his aim to provide a focused approach to individual cases.
After the visit Lloyd and his team travelled to Alfz del Pi to meet the mayor of that municipality and he said that the British Consulate intended to have a meeting in September for the mayors of the 10 towns to set out how the Consulate can work with the mayors to achieve the best results.

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