I have just read this alarming news report on the other local news website ( the one we can't mention). I've copied it here in full below. It sounds like a complete nightmare.
The Ayuntamiento of the tiny Santiago del Teide municipality on the island of Tenerife has snatched an important industrial development away from rival Councils on Tenerife vying to locate a major state of the art cement factory which will be fuelled by dried sewage. The controversial site chosen for the proposed new factory is high up on top of the famous Los Gigantes cliffs.
Announcing the coup in a press conference today, Mayor Juan Damian Gorrin explained that the idea to go after the proposed factory came from a detailed long term strategic review of the municipality's manufacturing base.
?The idea came to me last year when I travelled to Guia to buy some bags of cement which made a mess in my car on the journey home. I thought, if we had our own factory here in Santiago del Teide, then this problem would not happen again. So the idea was born.?
Mayor Gorrin praised the efforts of the Council's negotiating team involved in bringing the factory to Los Gigantes. In particular, he thanked Councillor Stephen Gerald McKenna for his tireless work on the project.
?Without Councillor McKenna this would not have been possible. It was his clever plan to merge my idea into the Council's tourism strategy by using the cement factory to bring cruise ships to Los Gigantes.?
Mayor Gorrin explained, ?there will be a conveyor belt at the foot of the cliffs to take materials (including dried sewage) to and from the cement factory at the top. We have negotiated a major concession from the cement company for visiting cruise ships whereby the ships will anchor beneath the cliffs and tourist will be transported on the conveyor belt up to the factory where they can purchase gift wrapped 25 kilo souvenir bags of cement. Councillor McKenna is about to consult with the major cruise operators about this idea and we are confident that they will be as excited as we are about our plans. We think that when they see the details they will wet themselves?
He added, ?the Ayuntamiento has also signed long leases on duty free retail premises at the island's airports to sell the gift wrapped 25 kilo souvenir bags of cement to departing tourists and we will start the ball rolling with a ?buy one, get two free? promotion. It has such huge potential for the tourist industry of the municipality and it is such a simple idea that I cannot think why no one has thought of it before.?
The company behind the factory is an established Moroccan cement manufacturer. On completion of the factory there will be 800 full time jobs according to Mayor Gorrin.
?OK?, said Mayor Gorrin, ?there will be many Moroccan workers here living in Los Gigantes but we negotiated long and hard with the company and they have guaranteed that at least 4 jobs will be filled by local people. They cannot go back on that promise now. We have it in writing. We have also extracted from the company an undertaking that when the building work is finished, the Ayuntamiento can have the building site's canteen equipment free of charge. We had to tough it out with the cement company to win this important concession. They knew we would not move from this position and we were prepared to walk away, so they had to agree. So there are many winners here and no losers. The citizens of the municipality should feel very proud of their Ayuntamiento.?
An artist's impression of the new cement factory is shown below.
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