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Titsa Bus Company management criticised

Posted by dolly diver on July 1, 2008
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After the island’s Cabildo had to bail out Titsa Bus Company to the tune of €23 million last year, there are calls for a massive rethink.
Another €13 million was added to that figure from the regional government and Madrid, the total amount of public money used to keep the company operating has amounted to €36 million.

Critics say the company is over staffed and current routes are poorly-planned. TITSA was taken over by the Cabildo last year in a bid to streamline public transport provision in Tenerife following the entry into service of the tram link between the capital and La Laguna. The funding revelations call for changes at senior management levels in TITSA.

Calima is here with a vengeance

Posted by dolly diver on April 26, 2008
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It’s hot, dusty and very windy in Los Gigantes today with temperatures expected in the 30’s and the latest from the met office is that it could continue into next week.

The Cabildo has issued a total ban on BBQ’s in all the forest picnic areas and motorists are requested to keep to the main roads and not off road their vehicles until the weather gets back to normal.

Health authority advice is to drink lots of water and when out doors keep exercise to the minimum and people with respiratory problems should stay indoors. 

Santa Cruz square – reopening delayed yet again

Posted by dolly diver on April 24, 2008
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Once again construction work on the new main square in Santa Cruz has been delayed.

The local Cabildo admitted that the deadline of 30th April has had to be put back yet again, after more delays in the completion of the project.

The Cabildo, back in February, announced that the renovation of the Plaza de España would be finished by 17 March, although it immediately rectified and changed the date to 30 April.

It now looks as if the square, which has a giant lake in the middle, will not be opened to the public until late June or early July.

The corporation has also admitted a cost overrun of €4 million, 25% of the original cost.

Los Cristianos harbour
The message is clear, the Coastal Department plan to begin the process of expropriation and demolition of illegal buildings in the bay of Los Cristianos, particularly in the Los Tarajales zone.

A meeting was called between José Alberto González, mayor of Arona and local hotel owners to explain the situation and to discuss the improvements which have been in planning for months by The Cabildo, the Canarian Government and the Coastal Department for the stretch between the Barranco de Aquilino and the Playa Chica.

All illegal buildings will be demolished that block or make the public zone difficult. Boats anchored in the bay will be made to leave. The beach will be revamped, extended and walkways improved.

In total, 8 five-star hotels, 10 smaller hotels, and 4 others under construction were declared illegal. Together, they account for 7,721 hotel rooms or apartments on the island. Top-of-the-range hotels that could be pulled down are the Meliá Volcán, Iberostar Papagayo, Gran Castillo, Natura Palace, Rubicón Palace, Papagayo Arena and Son Bou.

A special police unit, which fights organised crime, has been called in to investigate whether the former mayors of Teguise and Yaiza issued illegal building licences in return for back-handers from property developers.

Business groups in the area say pulling down 22 hotels will leave hundreds out of work and hit the tourist trade hard.