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mummysboys

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« on: July 27, 2010 »
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  • my family and I are due to visit Los Gigantes in 10 days time we have not been for 8 years even though are parents visit every year. Can anyone tell me the beach situation? last we heard was that Los Gigantes beach was closed due to that terrible accident. Are there other beaches in walkable distance?
    Thank you.

    Offline dablar

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    « Reply #1 on: July 27, 2010 »
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  • Nearest beach is at Playa de la Arena, but get a Bono Bus Ticket and hop on the bus to the lovely beach at San Juan, very nice tapas bar on the prom there. It only takes a few minutes on the bus. If there are a few of you a taxi would cost about the same per person. Check the notice board at the taxi office outside the Los Gigantes Hotel.

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    « Reply #2 on: July 28, 2010 »
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  • Sadly there is no positive news about repairing the cliff and reopening the beach.  Council arguments are still taking place.  It's a real shame for Los Gigantes.  1 or 2 people have suggested a protest march but it has not happened.

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    « Reply #3 on: July 29, 2010 »
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  • This is a disgraceful situation!  I read somewhere back in March that work was to start in April.  My son and family were planning to come out for Christmas this year, but that's not going to happen if the beach isn't open.  How many more tourists have been lost to Los Gigantes, probably for ever?
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    « Reply #4 on: July 29, 2010 »
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  • The owner of Restaurante Jessi (Jose) says the council have told him the beach will not be open until next year.
    (Restaurante Jessi is the fish restaurant on the beach)

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    « Reply #5 on: July 30, 2010 »
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  • This is a disgraceful situation!  I read somewhere back in March that work was to start in April.  My son and family were planning to come out for Christmas this year, but that's not going to happen if the beach isn't open.  How many more tourists have been lost to Los Gigantes, probably for ever?
    Come on surely there is more to Los Gigantes than that beach. I despair at such narrow-mindedness.

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    « Reply #6 on: July 30, 2010 »
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  • This is a disgraceful situation!  I read somewhere back in March that work was to start in April.  My son and family were planning to come out for Christmas this year, but that's not going to happen if the beach isn't open.  How many more tourists have been lost to Los Gigantes, probably for ever?
    Come on surely there is more to Los Gigantes than that beach. I despair at such narrow-mindedness.

    hey poole pirate - i actually agree with you!  i thought just the same! playa del arena beach is nicer anyway - blue flag!!

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    « Reply #7 on: July 30, 2010 »
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  • This is a disgraceful situation!  I read somewhere back in March that work was to start in April.  My son and family were planning to come out for Christmas this year, but that's not going to happen if the beach isn't open.  How many more tourists have been lost to Los Gigantes, probably for ever?
    Come on surely there is more to Los Gigantes than that beach. I despair at such narrow-mindedness.

    hey poole pirate - i actually agree with you!  i thought just the same! playa del arena beach is nicer anyway - blue flag!!


    Don't agree with either of those thoughts.

    Los Gigantes is a holiday resort in its own right and has its own beach, it is not a good idea to send Los Gigantes holidaymakers down to either Arena or San Juan (although their respective beaches are lovely I grant you) - and in so doing moving money out of LG into neighbouring villages. LG needs all the funds from tourists holidaying in the village it can muster so I believe someone somewhere (or a collection of people) need a kick up the backside to kick start whatever needs to be done to the rockface to secure it.

    So Poolepirate and Janey would you be making the same statements in 2, 3 or 4 years time if the beach is still closed ?? - how long do you think it is acceptable for a seaside tourist village to have one of its main attractions ie the beach closed ??
    I wanted to be the Cincinnati Kid - but couldn't spell it

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    « Reply #8 on: July 30, 2010 »
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  • One of the attractions of LG (apart from free accommodation!) for my son and his family (and many others I am sure) is the possibility to walk down to the beach then have a drink or a snack by the harbour.  The beach used to be well used by families, so it's not just me that's dissapointed at the situation.  OK, lots of other resorts offer beaches, but we are talking here about LG, not Playa Arena.  Oasis is OK, but not the same as a proper beach for small children.  I still maintain that it is ridiculous that nothing has been done to resolve the problem and suspect the reason is that the Ayutamiento is too busy arguing over who is responsible for the tragedy and the remedy.
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  • we go back to that old point of discussion..... when will the powers that hold the purse strings put money into los gigantes. it is and could be so nice!  pedestrianise the harbour, and yes, sort out the beach problems. 

    maybe someone should be having a word with the tenerife tourist board too - all this money being spent on marketing the 'beaches of santa cruz' and after that, adeje seems to have its allocation sorted out. what about western tenerife???????

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    « Reply #10 on: July 31, 2010 »
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  • I completely agree, Janey.  Add the church square to that list and repair the fisherlady fountain (which was a major step in the right direction until it broke) and Los Gigantes would be even better than it already is.  Have you noticed that the families disembarking from the morning Titsa buses into LG for a day out are significantly diminished?  Could it be word has got around that the beach is closed?  All these people would have spent money in LG.

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    « Reply #11 on: August 01, 2010 »
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  • There are many good reasons why people visit and continue to return to Los Gigantes but for me the beach isn't one of them.  Los Gigantes has many more appealing attractions than a mere beach.  I do like beach holidays though.  Not to laze upon, but to walk - vast yellow sandy beaches  like Maspalomas, Jandia and Famara. But who in their right mind would travel 2000 miles just  to walk or lie upon  Los Gigantes  beach? 

    Having arrived at  Los Gigantes for a holiday, whether the beach  is important to you  really depends on where you are staying and the facilitates available there. If you are staying somewhere where there is  access to a nice pool and sun beds  then the beach isn't that important. However, if you are staying in one of the many  private apartment without these facilities then having no close access to a beach is a major disadvantage. Until the beach is open again I think there should be free access for all to the facilities at the Oasis and a free bus service to Playa  Arena  beach.

    It's easy to blame the Council for the delay but securing the rocks above the beach is  a major structural engineering project which will require  extensive funding from external sources both for a feasibility study and for the construction work.  And the grant sources will have many competing competing demands upon them for financial assistance.  The priority for Councillors will be to get it right  rather than rush into a half baked solution which could land them all in prison. What they should be blamed for though, is their poor communication skills. Why do they need me to explain the delay? Wouldn't it be a good idea for the Council to nominate an English speaking Councillor to communicate with its large English speaking electorate and why has no one thought of this before?

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    « Reply #12 on: August 01, 2010 »
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  • hear hear!

    raymond

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    « Reply #13 on: August 02, 2010 »
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  • Hello Everyone, i can give you the latest information that was stated in the Spanish Press, although this was about 8 weeks ago, but gives good detail as to infact what is happening at the beach.

    On the 13th May 2010, the Canarian central Government approved the payment of the money necessary to make the repairs to the cliff face at Los Gigantes beach. This was then published in the press the following day, 14th May stating that the maximum period for this work to be completed is the 31st December 2010.

    On the 18th May, the mayor of Santiago Del Teide confirmed that they were being sent today, from Central Government, ?300,000 , which is 50% of the ?600,000 total cost of the project.

    On the 15th May, a tender was put out for 2 firms of engineers to be contracted to state what needs to be done to best resolve the issue of the cliff face. The tender was only open for 14 days.The selected engineers would then carry out immediately their studies and their recommendations would then be passed to the Spanish Costas ( Coastal authority) to be approved by them.

    Costas have guaranteed that their approval should not take more than 15 days, as since the tragedy, they have been giving their full support to resolve this issue.

    The total time from the 18th May to get full go ahead for the work to begin is 2-3 months, and then the work will begin which is expected to take 3 months to complete.

    Therefore the work should begin by September and therefore should be completed by December, to meet the deadline set by the Canarian Government.

    One hopes that this will be the case.

    If i have any further information, i will post it here.

    all the best

    Raymond

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    « Reply #14 on: August 02, 2010 »
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  • Thank you Raymond.
    At long last we have some actual facts.

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  • Well done, Raymond.  This is good news indeed.  Thanks.

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    « Reply #16 on: August 02, 2010 »
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  • With information like that why is Raymond on minus eight ?

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    « Reply #17 on: August 03, 2010 »
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  • its that bless/curse thing again....... - not working!!!  any decision on this dolly?  i see i am now on a -68......

    i think the only fair thing to do is to remove it.

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    « Reply #18 on: August 03, 2010 »
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  • janey,
    Must be some sort of a record (-70).
    With a score like that you would be drummed out of the Brownies!!

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  • Therefore the work should begin by September and therefore should be completed by December, to meet the deadline set by the Canarian Government.


    Completed by December!!!    Which year?

    Not the local story we have heard, don't hold your breath.

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    « Reply #20 on: August 04, 2010 »
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  • Pray tell us Dolly which story you have heard. Don't keep it all to yourself.

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  • I am sure that Raymond has accurately reported the story he has read and he is to be thanked for going to the trouble of reporting it. However, it does not quite ring true. 

    How was it possible on 18th May 2010 for it to be known that the total cost of the project would be  E 650,000 when a tender was only put out on 15th May 2010 (with a 14 day deadline) for a study to determine what needs to be done? Whoever won the contract for the engineering study would  take many months to complete the study and come up with a range of solutions and costings which would then have to be evaluated by the authorities. Only then would they know  the amount of grant aid needed to solve the problem.  And there can be no doubt that whatever solution is eventually  favoured by the authorities  it would have to  guarantee to solve the problem because if it didn't and another accident were to happen, someone (the person or persons who made the decision) could very well find themselves in prison.   So you would think that a ?Rolls Royce? solution would be demanded by the authorities and therefore the cost could well be too prohibitive.

    Perhaps I am being too cynical in saying that the real problem for the authorities is not one of  how do we re-open Los Gigantes beach.  The problem is how do we avoid going to prison and the only solution guaranteed to keep the decision makers out of prison  is the erection of an impenetrable fence and the permanent closure  of  the beach.

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    « Reply #22 on: August 04, 2010 »
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  • Perhaps 600,000? is the cost of the study and it is that which is going to take 3 months to complete?
    It is going to be some time before the beach is open again.

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    « Reply #23 on: August 05, 2010 »
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  • You can put money on it being completed before the local elections in May.

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  • Pray tell us Dolly which story you have heard. Don't keep it all to yourself.

    All that is happening is head banging, passing the buck and arguing. 
    Absolutely nothing is happening to the beach - that is for sure because I pass by boat at least 4 times a day.

    The only recent action was when4 locals were arrested by the policia Local for trespassing.

    There are many disappointed tourists who arrive here to find it closed. I hear the moans and groans daily. It's definitely damaging business in this area.

    Anyone out there got time to organise a petition or a protest march?

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    « Reply #25 on: August 07, 2010 »
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  • The small beach opposite La Pergola (Mar Blanco) was closed yesterday due to a landslip.

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  • The cliffs at the "public" end of the Abama resort beach collapsed in March as well.  Luckily nobody was injured.

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  • The small beach opposite La Pergola (Mar Blanco) was closed yesterday due to a landslip.


    can we still get down to the rock pools there or is it closed from the top of the steps?  i suppose the councillers etc are paranoid now of anything happening again..... 

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  • On Friday it was closed at the top of the steps.
    I haven't been along there since. Maybe its open now?

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    « Reply #29 on: August 08, 2010 »
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  • Rock falls are quite common in the area.  As reported on this website, a camper was killed and two of his friends were injured when they camped overnight beneath the cliffs at Masca 4 years ago this very day  (August 8th 2006).

    The simple truth is that spending any time beneath a cliff is hazardous and not to be recommended.