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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.

For many years now there has been much speculating about the plans for the construction of a multi-purpose port at Fonsalía, between Playa San Juan and Alcalá on our west coast of Tenerife.

Draft plans for the €177 million project, covering an area of 27,000m, have now been announced by the Canarian government. They include four large quays for commercial vessels and inter-island ferries, docking facilities for cruise liners and a sports marina with berths for 463 boats.

The initial plans have been in the pipeline for some time now, and a lot of consideration has been given as to how to build the new section of the island ring road, between the Adeje roundabout and Guia de Isora, which has to include a connection running down to Fonsalía to cope with the increased amount of commercial and tourist traffic the port will bring.

Coalición Canaria spokesperson for Guía de Isora council, Jesús Morales said the project represented a unique opportunity for economic development in the municipality and would be taking a great deal of ferry traffic from Los Cristianos.

Guia de Isora Mayor, Pedro Martín, said he was delighted by the economic boom the project would bring to the area but there were still many obstacles to overcome, such as how to access the tiny village of Fonsalía and the environmental concerns of the people living there. Consideration of the environmental impact on the area was a priority.

Mayor gets tough on binmen

Posted by dolly diver on April 1, 2008
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Adeje rubbishJCBs have been ordered in to clear rubbish from Adeje, particularly in the coastal districts.

Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga has risked an all-out confrontation with striking binmen by the order.

The strike, now in its second week, by refuse collection workers over pay escalated yesterday when, just minutes after the binmen staged a protest outside the town hall, the mayor sent in the bulldozers to clear the rubbish mountains and load the garbage onto lorries to be taken to the island’s dump.

The action was being taken because of the health risk posed by the more than 130 tons of rubbish, piled up over the last two weeks during strike.

The measure, widely applauded by local residents and businesses, has been criticised by the binmen as illegal. However, Rodríguez Fraga said he would not hesitate to do the same again if the situation worsens and has even threatened to cancel the tender awarded to the refuse company.

The mayor also stated that while acknowledging the right of workers to strike, he also had to consider the rights of local inhabitants and the tourists to a clean and healthy environment