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Answers from the Council

Posted by dolly diver on May 2, 2011
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We recently had an exclusive interview with Councillor Steve McKenna, to put to him many of the points which had been raised in the recent string on Los Gigantes.com about Norovirus

We asked him, had there been any new cases of the virus, which now must be notified to the authorities.
Councillor McKenna said to his knowledge no new cases had been reported this year.  The public health authority, from Santa Cruz, had been requested by the hotel to help and visited the hotel a number of times during the last year to advise on additional hygiene precautions that should be used to help control the original outbreak and help with the sterilisation of the dining room, although no trace of the virus has to date ever been found in the dining area. The Health authority believed it had not started in the hotel, but was brought in by a client/s from a cruise ship. The authorities and the hotel continue to monitor the situation.

One comment we have heard at losgigantes.com frequently is:- There is a common feeling from many of the staff and the tour operators that many of the reported cases of stomach upsets (commonly labelled as Norovirus, but are not) this year are just a means to getting compensation. They feel that the hotel has been unfairly singled out, especially when if you do a web search for Norovirus, you will find that it is prevalent across the UK in hospitals and hotels etc. Councillor McKenna had heard this to but felt it would be inappropriate to comment on it.

I then asked about the outfalls in the area.  Steve answered that all of our outfalls comply with the current EU standards, and that the water quality was checked every two weeks by the environmental health organisation, which is why Playa de la Arena is able to keep it’s blue flag. Steve said that whilst it was not his particular remit he understood that the final connections to the new centralised waste water management scheme for the south and west of the island were due at any time. Additionally the new motorway was being used to provide a waste water route for the upper villages of the area.
At the moment the los Gigantes beach looks as though it will become a blue flag beach in the next few weeks.

The Counicls priorties for the the coming year is the regeneration of Los Gigantes, with the extending of the beach, the opening of a passageway beteen the beach and the marina, and not least the building of a new 400 place car park and community centre, the funds for these projects have already been approved by the parties (Party Popular) hierarchy.

Written by:  Paul Marley

Work may soon start on Los Gigantes Beach

Posted by dolly diver on September 23, 2010
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 	closed-beach-los-gigantesThe council’s plans for the repairs to Los Gigantes beach has been approved by the Ministry of the Environment

The beach has been closed to the public since November last year when two women were killed in a land slide. (see original story)

Funds are now available to start part one of the work needed. The first 75 metres of the cliff will be reinforced which will allow part of the beach to reopen.

A date to start work has not been agreed but according to the Mayor he hopes work will start in October and could take up to 5 months to complete. The project will cost 505,000 Euros,

The other 50m of the beach will be repaired to meet safety standards when funds become available.

Blue Flag award yet again for Playa arena.

Posted by dolly diver on July 28, 2010
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playa-arena-beachBlue Flag status is awarded to beaches in more than 30 countries in Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada and the Caribbean. The Blue Flag requires compliance with water quality standards, safety, general services and standards of environmental management.

The Blue Flag is a badge awarded annually by the Foundation for Environmental Education to the beaches and marinas that meet a range of environmental conditions and facilities.

This year the awards went to the beaches of La Arena in Santiago del Teide (for the 24th consecutive year),El Médano, Leocadio Machado and La Tejita in Granadilla de Abona, Las Vistas and El Camisón in Arona, Troya I-II (Americas I-II) in Adeje,  El Socorro Los Realejos, Playa Jardín in Puerto de la Cruz and La Arena (Mesa del Mar) in Tacoronte.

Many of these awarded beaches have a wide range of services such as showers, bars, restaurants, telephones, surveillance, police, Red Cross, toilets, sun-beds and umbrellas for rent, rental of sports equipment and access for disabled. Others have alternative services such as parking, camping or nudist area. Each has got its own personality and charm. Golden sands and white or black sand, wind and waves for water sports or quiet relaxation and serenity, different beaches to suit all needs.

Due to the number of Blue Flags beaches Tenerife is now  high on the list of best venues in the world.

Source: Tenerife News

This year’s swimming race from Playa de La Arena to Puerto de Santiago takes place at 18:00 hours on 10th July 2010 entries will be accepted up to July 6th.

The race covers 950 meters. The start line is at Playa de La Arena and the finish line is the beach at El Bajio in Puerto de Santiago.

The race is organized by the Department of Sports Hall of the Historic Village of Santiago del Teide, with the collaboration of the Federation Swimming Insular de Tenerife, Tenerife Referees Committee, Mar Red Cross, Civil Protection, Volunteer Fire Santiago del Teide and the Ad Hoc Underwater Civil Guard.

Entries may be made on website www.loscabosos.com and the municipal website www.santiagodelteide.es. Or for more information call 922-86-81-08, lines open from 08:00 to 15:00.

The categories are female and male, divided into groups according to age. Entry fee is Euros 5.

23rd blue flag award for Playa Arena beach

Posted by dolly diver on June 15, 2010
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 	playa-arena-beachPlaya arena beach has become the most awarded beach in Tenerife. Since 1987 as it has been awarded the blue flag each year for the past 23 years.

The Blue Flag is a recognized symbol to stringent health and environmental levels, the presence of adequate sanitation and waste, rescue services, first aid and lifeguard as well as wheelchair access and other facilities for the disabled and free wi-fi internet access.

Judge questions Mayor over beach landslide

Posted by dolly diver on January 23, 2010
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 	operarios-realizando-trabajos-de-limpiezaJuan Gorrín, The mayor of Santiago del Teide, appeared in court yesterday and was questioned for two hours about the landslide on Los Gigantes beach last November which killed two women.

The mayor may face criminal charges over the incident. Relatives of one of the victims heckled the mayor as he arrived and put up posters saying the tragedy ‘was not an accident but a crime’.

Today the beach remains closed to the public and local business on the beach road are still suffering from lack of business due to the closure.

Work is ongoing and financed by the Canarian Government to determine the safety of the cliff.

Work has started on the beach

Posted by dolly diver on January 12, 2010
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Work has started clearing loose stones and rubble from the cliff on the beach road in Los Gigantes.

The beach road was closed to the public a few weeks ago when more smaller rock falls occurred.

The results of the work will form part of a geotechnical study to decide how best to protect the beach from further rock falls.

Entertainment at El Laguillo!

Posted by dolly diver on November 26, 2009
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Los Gigantes LaguilloThe Ayuntamiento of Santiago del Teide in conjunction with Pancraico Socas Gym, has put together a series of events for children and adults at the Laguilo in Los Gigantes, which is free.

The Los Gigantes Laguillo is a natural lake with a huge sunbathing area for sun lovers, it will be opening its doors at 8:am sharp till 9:am free for people to partake in the activities offered.

Due to the closure of Los Gigantes beach Laguillo has reduced its entrance fee to the price to 1,50€ with use of sun beds and umbrellas at a reduced price as well this will continue until the beach re opens.

Laguillo is situated just before you enter Los Gigantes marina opposite the beach entrance.

Latest update on Los Gigantes Beach

Posted by dolly diver on November 13, 2009
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 	deserted-beach-road-los-gigantesSantiago del Teide mayor, Juan Damián Gorrín, has announced that the beach will remain closed for at least four months this announcement is yet another nail in the coffin of the area small business sector, already suffering from the fall in visitor numbers.

Mayor Gorrín repeated claims that the council had previously submitted plans to stabilise the cliff face but that these plans had been rejected, a claim that has been denied by the Department of Coasts.

In a preliminary report made by the Instituto Canario de Investigaciones de la Construcción, (Icinco), into the landslide on Los Gigantes beach says the rock fall was probably caused by water. Their report points to a water source which runs through a small natural tunnel in the cliffs at a height of around eight metres.

Experts believe it was the increase in humidity and damp from this source that has, over a long period, seeped into the cliffs, weakening the rock face.

In what many view as an extraordinary outburst, Mayor Gorrín claimed that the Department of Coasts had rejected every plan put forward for improvements to the shoreline in Santiago del Teide, while at the same time approving plans submitted by Socialist administrations in other municipalities.

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Tributes to Marion

Posted by dolly diver on November 4, 2009
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Tributes have been coming in from locals, here in Los Gigantes, as well as from friends and colleagues of Marion, one of the women killed in the rock fall on the beach on Sunday afternoon.

Police reports confirm that Marion O’Hara, 57yrs was from the Parish of St. Martin in Jersey and had worked for HSBC for the last 25 years.

HSBC Regional Director Dave Hellen told reporters “ Marion only left Jersey on Saturday for a holiday in Tenerife and the news of what has happened has devastated us all. Marion was a loyal, respected and popular member of the team. All her friends and colleagues are thinking about her at this sad time. I would like to offer our sincere condolences to her son, Daniel, and all her family during these difficult times”.