Adios Armeñime tailbacks!

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Good news for TF-47 drivers

 

Residents and regular visitors to the South West of Tenerife, in Adeje, will soon be able to connect to the TF-1 from Armeñime, El Puertito, Playa Pariaso and Callao Salvaje without the tailbacks that have become a daily grind for commuters.

The road is used by up to 21 thousand drivers a day, and currently connects commuters within Adeje and further afield to Guía de Isora and Santiago del Teide. Details of the traffic calming measure were outlined this morning (March 31st) by Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the Cabildo’s councillor for roads, José Luis Delgado and should both greatly reduce traffic flow problems as well as improving road safety in the busy intersection.

According to the data, this stretch of road has one of the highest densities of traffic on the island and regular users will be well aware of the tailbacks at turns into Armeñime and the problems too at the entrance/exit road to El Puertito. The Cabildo representative said that while there were no plans at the moment to include a footpath alongside the road, phase two, further down the line, would see the erection of a pedestrian overpass.

Initial difficulties acquiring the land needed for the construction of the roundabout caused some delay in the project but those have now been overcome and both administrations have approved the plans which are now available for interested companies to submit bids to carry out the work, which should begin in a few months and be completed next year. The overall cost of the project is estimated to be in the region of €1.2 million, 50% of which will be paid by the council and 50% by the Cabildo. The work and improvements are seen as very important both for road users and residents as well as for tourists travelling to and from other parts of the island and for the development of new projects such as the El Puertito development and the future Fonsalía port.

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Census check

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To fulfil the conditions laid down regarding the holding of local and regional elections, which are taking place on May 24th 2015, and in line with article 39.2 of the general law regarding electoral practise (LOREG), from April 6th to 13th , including Saturday and Sunday, the electoral census is open to public consultation.

In Adeje you can consult the census in the Citizens Office (in the Town Hall) from 9am to 1pm during those days. You will need to bring your official identification documentation with your and apply to rectify any errors in the electoral register.

While this is not an opportunity to add yourself to the electoral roll, you can check to ensure your personal details are correct and may amend data including a change of address as long as that change was registered prior to the end of December 2014, or, if applicable, from the day of a relevant constituency change.

If you have been left out of the Census your original claim must also have been made prior to the date, in the case of Spanish or EU registered nationals, or during December 1st 2014 – January 15th 2015, in the case of nationals with a formal voting agreement with Spain regarding local elections.

There is also a telephone number for consultation purposes (in Spanish), 901-101-900.

Cultural exchange in Callao Salvaje

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How a roundabout in Armeñime would improve harmonious co-existence was just one of the topics touched upon during the recent visit of the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga to the Callao Salvaje Community Church.

The mayor was the invited guest at one of the regular language exchange evenings hosted by Ken and Caroline Cumming in their church centre in Sueño Azul, and there was a lovely mix of people from Callao Salvaje and Costa Adeje in attendance, with a cross-section of Adeje’s multi-cultural population, people from Germany, Belgium, Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland, Italy and of course Spain, in attendance. The local councillor for the area, Amada Trujillo Bencomo was also in the audience.

After the guests had enjoyed some snacks, and a cup of tea or coffee, they sat and were interested to hear the mayor talk about what Adeje can do for them, asking them to continue to be involved in the borough and welcoming suggestions from the floor on how they could become more involved in the future evolution of this international corner of South Tenerife. “I want to make Adeje a reference point for co-existence, for cultural diversity”, he told the gathering, while at the same time stressing the importance of tourism and the need to maintain the area as a top tourist destination too. “We are blessed with the advantages given to us such as the incredible weather, the nature that surrounds us, but most of all, our biggest resource is the people of Adeje” he said, including those present.

The need to constantly improve the destination was also touched upon, as well as the diverse cultural, gastronomic, folklore and incredible sporting offer that Adeje is and has. “And I don’t mean of or for the elite”; the mayor stressed, “I mean the culture of the people, the music of the people, giving people the ability and the tools to discover something about themselves too”. He referred to the Adeje Convivencia and the Adeje Smart City campaigns which were designed and working towards the improvement of the borough for residents and tourists alike.

Responding to questions from the floor Rodríguez Fraga acknowledged that there was still work to be done in controlling unwanted practises in tourist areas such as PR touts and leafleting, and he also spoke of a newish craze that was harming tourism – that of hiring out what were once scooters for the use exclusively of those with mobility disabilities, to anyone who wished, which is now becoming a nuisance on many streets in Costa Adeje and beyond.

To a question from a local IT provider regarding poor internet coverage in Callao Salvaje the mayor said he would look into it as soon as possible, “as it is often up to the council to persuade private companies that they need to serve areas that they might not consider hugely profitable, although Callao Salvaje is a profitable area”, he said. And when asked about how they might tackle the daily traffic blocks and tail backs by Armeñime the mayor confirmed that the plan to introduce a roundabout there was now approved, “land has been ceded and work should begin in a few months…no doubt helping develop more harmony in the community”, he joked.

As the meeting drew to a close one of the audience suggested the establishment of a focus group among ex-pats to work on and inform the council about issues of concern – the mayor welcomed the idea and we hope to see this group up and running soon – so let us know if you would be interested in taking part.

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The mayor, in closing, thanked Ken and Caroline for hosting the event, and also for their recent involvement in the fund and food raising Gospel concert in the Adeje Cultural Centre, with all proceeds going directly to the Adeje food bank. He also invited those present to get involved in local borough events – “I know language may be a barrier, but not one that we can’t overcome”, he said.

Easter Week 2015

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PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

Friday 27th of March. Friday of Sorrows
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje).
18:30. Holy Rosary.
19:00. Celebration of the Eucharist followed by the procession of Our Lady of Piety.
Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco – La Hoya)
18:00. Meditation of the Sorrows
18.:30. Celebration of the Eucharist followed by the procession of Our Lady of the Sorrows.
Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé)
21:00. Celebration of the Eucharist followed by the procession of Our Lady of the Sorrows.
SATURDAY 28th of March. PALM SATURDAY
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
18:00. Celebration of the Eucharist.
19:00. Concert of sacred music, Convent of San Francisco, Adeje
21:00 Stations of the Cross with Christ of the Good Death, from the town cemetery to the Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir.
Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
19:00-21:00 Confession

SUNDAY 29th of March. PALM SUNDAY
Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
10:00. Procession of Palms and the Eucharist.
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
11:00. Procession of Palms from the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano to the Parish church. On arrival celebration of the Eucharist.
Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco – La Hoya)
11:00. Procession of Palms from the old Hermitage to the Parish church. On arrival celebration of the Eucharist.

Church of Jesucristo Redentor (Callao Salvaje)
12 midday. Celebration of the Eucharist

Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé)
12:30. Procession of Palms and the Eucharist.

Church of San Sebastián (La Caleta)
18:00.Celebration of the Eucharist.

Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
19:00. Blessing of the Palms and the Eucharist followed by the Procession of Jesus to pray at the Mount of Olives.

MONDAY 30th of March. Holy Monday
Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
08:30 Monday – Thursday, communal morning prayer (Lauds)

Chapel of Ntra. Sra. de la Esperanza (La Viña)
20:00. Celebration of the Eucharist.
21:00. Procession of Jesus Captive and Our Lady of Hope.

TUESDAY 31st of March. Holy Tuesday
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
18:00-19:30. Confession.
19:00. Celebration of the Eucharist and the Reception of the Holy Oils.
19:30. Procession of the meeting of Jesus of Nazareth and the Holy Mother.
Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco- la Hoya)
18:00. Stations of the Cross from Tijoco Bajo to La Hoya.
Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
19:00 Celebration of the Eucharist and Reception of the Holy Oils.
20:00–22:00. Confession

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WEDNESDAY 1st of April. HOLY WEDNESDAY
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
18.00–19:00. Confession.
19:00. Celebration of the Eucharist.
20:00. Procession of Our Lord of Humility and Patience to the Parish of Los Olivos. On arrival, penitencial procession ending with the return to the Santa Úrsula Mártir Parish church.

Parish of de San José (Los Olivos)
19:00. Celebration of the Eucharist
19:30-21:30. Confession

THURSDAY 2nd of APRIL. MAUNDY THURSDAY
Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco- La Hoya)
17:00. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper. Followed by Holy Hour in front of the Altar.
Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
17:00. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper. Followed by Holy Hour in front of the Altar .
Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé)
18:00. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper. Followed by Holy Hour in front of the Altar.
Parish of de San José (Los Olivos)
19:30. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper. Followed by Holy Hour in front of the Altar.
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
19:00. Solemn Mass celebrating The Last Supper. Afterwards the Holy Sacrament will be brought to the Altar where it remains and the public may come and adore and pray. Followed by the main Procession.
23:00. Holy hour in front of the Altar.
Calle Grande, Adeje
21:30 h. General rehearsal of Representation of The Passion (The Good Friday Street Theatre).

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FRIDAY 3rd of APRIL. GOOD FRIDAY
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
06:30. Stations of the Cross with Christ of the Good Death to the cemetery.
12:00. Representation of The Passion in the Calle Grande, Adeje. Broadcast live on 2, TVE, Televisión Española in the Canaries.
19:00. Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord. Followed by the Procession of the Holy Burial.
23:00. Silent procession of Our Lady of the Sorrows.
Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco – La Hoya)
16:00.Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord.
Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
16:00. Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord.

Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé)
16:30. Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord.

Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
18:00. Liturgy of the celebration of the Death of Our Lord.

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SATURDAY 4th of APRIL. EASTER SATURDAY -EASTER VIGIL.
Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
23:00. Solemn Celebration of the Easter Vigil of the Resurrection of Our Lord.
Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
23:00. Solemn Celebration of the Easter Vigil. Followed by a procession and blessing of the Adeje public with the Holy Sacrament. When complete a fraternal breaking of the bread together in the Parish halls.
SUNDAY 5th of APRIL. EASTER SUNDAY
Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
10:00. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist.

Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
11:00. Solemn Celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Parish of de San José (Los Olivos)
11:00. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Church of Jesucristo Redentor (Callao Salvaje)
12 midday. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord

Parish of Ntra. Sra. del Campo (Fañabé)
12:30. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Parish of La Milagrosa (Tijoco-La Hoya)
17:00. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord.

Church of San Sebastián (La Caleta)
18:00. Solemn celebration of the Eucharist and the Resurrection of Our Lord.
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SUNDAY 19th of April (Third Sunday of Easter)
ROGATION OF OUR LADY, VIRGIN OF THE INCARNATION
09:00 h. Blessing of the pilgirms and rogation of Our Lady, Virgin of the Incarnation from the Parish to the San Sebastián Hermitage. Mass on arrival.
Start of the Lustrum Year.

Farmers Market adds a day

 

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The Adeje Farmers Market will add a midweek opening from Wednesday April 1st. The opening hours on Wednesdays will be from 4pm – 8pm and during the first few weeks of the weekday opening the council will be running a number of parallel activities to increase awareness of the additional day. The Adeje Farmers Market first opened its doors to the public six years ago and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 1.30pm.

The councillor with responsibility for the Market, Esther Rivero Vargas, has said “the success of this borough service has been noted from the start. On any given weekend we can expect up to 2,500 shoppers. A few months ago we carried out a survey among shoppers and included a question regarding a possible mid-week opening. The response was overwhelmingly in favour. So the next challenge was to find a day among the different farmers/stall holders that suited them, and that would give them time to have ample produce to sell to the public.”

This request from the public to open one extra day a week also came from those in the service trade and buying their produce in the Farmers Market on a weekly basis… “restaurants and bars who have chosen this market to buy here on a regular basis given the quality of the produce on offer”, added the councillor.

During the six years of its existence the market has added and diversified the products on offer, and today, alongside the fresh local fruit and vegetables on sale, customers can find a range of items requested by the many different communities resident in Adeje, including Hindu, Chinese and Muslim. The market also sells local wines, cheeses, eggs, ecological produce, flowers, cakes, breads and biscuits and some meat products.

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Parallel activities
For a month, every Wednesday, the Farmers Market will offer parallel activities connected to the world of gastronomy and produce. These will include courses in fruit and vegetable carving, a workshop for celiacs, a dessert course, making cup cakes, wine, cheese and honey sampling, flower arranging, etc. Details of each course will be published in the Adeje council media in advance.

The addition of this day to the market agenda was approved in the last council meeting with a modification of the council regulatory order. This has happened alongside increased transparency for those who wish to sell goods at the market, registration, and authorisation. The council are also putting in place an improved inspection service and farm visits to authorised suppliers to the market. They are also working to ensure that the transportation and sales processes are in line with borough and environmental regulations which encourage good practice and reduce reliance upon non-renewable energy sources.

Walking with water

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This Sunday, and coinciding with World Water Day 2015 Adeje will celebrate the ‘Ruta del Agua’, or Water Route, which is designed to remind people of the important role water has to play in the past of the local Adeje society.
According to the local cultural councillor, Nayra Medina Bethencourt, “the heritage of the town has many aspects, we can see it on our streets, in the centre of Adeje, in the Convento de San Francisco, the Casa Fuerte (town fort), and the modern Plaza de España, as well as the Barranco del Infierno. This project is under the Adeje Together umbrella, involving the whole community, give the multicultural nature of the Adeje society which has grown in recent years and is directly involved in building the Adeje of the future.”
Anyone who would like to participate in the event, which is free, can sign up at the CDTCA. The starting point is the Plaza de España at 10.30am. During the event people will be able to find out more about the role water played in the development and evolution of Adeje, the borough with the largest number of natural springs in the island. Throughout the centuries water and how it has been controlled and channelled has played its part in the social and political evolution of the area. Find out more on Sunday.

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Walking with water

 

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This Sunday, and coinciding with World Water Day 2015 Adeje will celebrate the ‘Ruta del Agua’, or Water Route, which is designed to remind people of the important role water has to play in the past of the local Adeje society.
According to the local cultural councillor, Nayra Medina Bethencourt, “the heritage of the town has many aspects, we can see it on our streets, in the centre of Adeje, in the Convento de San Francisco, the Casa Fuerte (town fort), and the modern Plaza de España, as well as the Barranco del Infierno. This project is under the Adeje Together umbrella, involving the whole community, give the multicultural nature of the Adeje society which has grown in recent years and is directly involved in building the Adeje of the future.”
Anyone who would like to participate in the event, which is free, can sign up at the CDTCA. The starting point is the Plaza de España at 10.30am. During the event people will be able to find out more about the role water played in the development and evolution of Adeje, the borough with the largest number of natural springs in the island. Throughout the centuries water and how it has been controlled and channelled has played its part in the social and political evolution of the area. Find out more on Sunday.

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Looking good Adeje

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Beach upgrade – the Costa Torviscas concession company have contributed to the 600,000 euro investment in improvements in bathing and leisure zones

Torviscas and La Enramada beaches have a new look – fresher, more dynamic, more modern. The investment, with substantial contribution made by the Costa Torviscas concession company, has seen improvements in the bathing and leisure zones. The changes were all carried out within the integrated reform plan for the borough. Recently the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, accompanied by Miguel Ángel Rondón (Costa Torviscas) and the tourism councillor Rafael Dolado García, viewed the changes to the beaches which are now 100% accessible along wooden walkways, with specific zones for those with reduced mobility, adapted bathrooms, sunbeds, wifi access, sporting areas, and a monitored area for children over 3.

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The mayor said, “the business sector has shown an excellent level of dedication to the services they are providing for the beaches. We are working together to provide a regeneration and renewal of key points in the borough, the beaches of Torviscas and Enramada, bathing areas that are very popular with both tourists and residents.

He added, “alongside cleaning and better integration of services, one of the most important matters is improving accessibility, excellent service presentation, as well as introducing technology elements which are helping develop the borough as an intelligent destination with global access.”
Rondón said, “we are offering an integrated service to each and every tourist and resident, working to ensure that people come to the beaches, enjoy themselves, and return”:

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Adeje to create Municipal Equality Council

 

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Hundreds attended the Equality Assembly on March 8th: Adeje’s mayor promised their commitment to equality is long-term

Over 500 women took part in the I Women’s Equality Assembly held on International Women’s Day in the CDTCA, in Adeje. The culmination of the event was the constitution of a Municipal Equality Council which is charged to work alongside the borough’s public representatives to protect and promote equality principles as well as working to influence bodies outside in this area at insular, regional and national level where necessary.

The calling into being of this council is the result of many months of preparation by those in the council in all departments, from education to health, sports, culture, economic development, seniors and social welfare.

Representatives from a series of women’s groups and collectives and women from all parts of the borough of Adeje attended the Assembly event. These working groups had met a number of times in the months leading up to the event to discuss and examine where they saw a need for change or advancement to promote better equality for all. The working groups included women involved in sport, health matters, young women, LGBTI, the Muslim community and women from other countries, with women from England, Ireland, Poland, Russia, Germany, the Sahara, France, India, Romania, Venezuela and Colombia present.

Reading the declaration which was published in Spanish and English, into the record was Gloria Cabello, an Adeje businesswomen, who said that she hoped the day would come when there would be no need to celebrate International Women’s Day. The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga, thanked all those present and confirmed that the assembly was “another step in our commitment to Adeje society to ensure that it is a fairer one, where everyone has the same opportunities.” He added that the day’s events were not a ‘one-off’ nor the end of a process, but part of the ongoing work which won’t stop till the goals are reached.

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“Our promise is to support a progressive society of peace, equality and harmonious co-existence”, said the mayor. “Every day we are made aware that in the world we are still far away from the day when all women have the rights they are entitled to…”

The event ended with a Zumba master class with Patricia Chiquiar.

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Adeje to create Municipal Equality Council

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The event will take place in the Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development on International Women’s Day with representatives from all over the borough

This Sunday will see the culmination of the work of the local Department of Equality with the celebration of the Adeje’s Women’s Equality Assembly in the Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development, the CDTCA, with the participation of groups representing the many thousands of women who live in the borough.

Since the end of 2014 the councillor for equality, Desiderio Afonso and colleagues have been working to créate an event that will bring together the women and men of Adeje who are concerned about equality issues. At the end of January 10 distinct working groups were formed representing all the women of the borough, and they have met in February to discuss matters of mutual interest. Other members of the council have also been playing a key role in the development of the idea and the advancement of the groups with councillors from the departments of education, culture, economic development and employment involved. The groups have been formed to reflect the diversity of women in the borough, and includes women in sport, rural women, older women, young women, women in culture, LGTB activists, and women born in other countries, with representatives from this group from England, Rumania, Russia, India, Venezuela, Colombia, and Ireland.

Each group was charged with developing ten proposals that would reflect the main concerns of each group, priorities or questions that are not solely directed at the council, but at other public administrative bodies as well. Over 200 women took part in these initial sessions.

All the proposals have been catalogued in a single document under the title “Mujeres para la igualdad. Construyamos el Adeje del futuro en igualdad” (Women for equality. We will build an Adeje of the future based on equality), and will be presented to the assembly on Sunday, and to the borough in general and form the basis for the development of an Municipal Equality Council. Once established the council will meet on a regular basis to examine proposals, bring them to the attention of the council and other bodies and pursue relevant actions.

The day begins at 10am with events scheduled until 1.30pm. Journalist Puchi Mendez will preside over the Assembly which will hear the different proposals read and invite interventions from representatives of each of the participating groups.

Following the formal proceedings there will be a Zumba masterclass with Patricia Chiquiar.
Organisers are hoping that over 1,000 will attend the event. There will be free busses from different parts of the borough to the CDTCA as well as parallel events for smaller children who are accompanying adults to attend the main event.

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