Many local council charges to be dropped in 2019

 

The public will be able to benefit from the cancellation of fees for padrón registration, travel certificates and other items

 

The Adeje council will end 2018 with a measure to cancel certain local charges approved in the December council meeting. Adeje residents will not have to pay to register on the ‘padrón’, for travel certificates, or residency certificates among others which, until now, were only free of charge if carried out online.

According to the report presented to the council meeting today (Dec 28th), the aim of the change it “to speed up the process involved in administration contracts. With the elimination of certain charges we will reducing the time needed to manage money in the public offices”.

The decision was taken, says the local taxes councillor Epifanio Díaz Hernández, because “in this way we can also free up human resources, allowing those people, who at the moment have to dedicate a lot of their time dealing with the cash payments for these measures, now being able to spend more quality time dealing with the public.

Other local charges will be modified, including the removal of vehicles illegally parked and placed in the municipal car lot. The new cost will be adjudicated in line with the cost of the services of the company who remove the cars. The manner of payment will also be refined and the person affected by a car being removed can make a direct payment by card though a bank ATM or a transfer (payment cannot be made in cash).

“The council’s aim is to, in a short space of time, eliminate all cash payments and establish a homogeneous system of payments online or through transfers, and ideally encouraging more people to deal with the council through its online system” says councillor

Finally, at the same council meeting, a new system of cancelling direct debit for the public was approved.
 

Dedicated Callao Salvaje couple get special Mayoral ‘thank you’

 

The Callao Salvaje Carol Concert is now a firm fixture in the Adeje Christmas calendar

Every year hundreds of residents and visitors, from all nationalities, come together in Callao Salvaje on December 23rd, for a multilingual multicultural carol concert. This event, now a firm favourite in the Adeje Christmas calendar, is courtesy of the work of local Scottish residents Ken and Caroline Cumming, and this year, marking the 10th anniversary of the event, the couple received a special plaque for the mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga, in recognition of their work in this regard.

Also present at the presentation of the plaque was Amada Trujillo Bencomo, councillor for Callao Salvaje. The couple also work closely with the department for citizen participation under councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, in the organisation of the annual event.

The mayor thanked the couple stating, “We are so grateful to you for the work you do, for the interest you show and for the collaboration you give in a selfless way, for the benefit of all. I firmly believe that is the right path to follow, that our residents are involved in activities that help everyone and work towards the building of a better world where respect, solidarity, help and support for everyone is the keystone of our advancement”.

Ken and Caroline arrived to Tenerife almost 15 years ago, initially running a language school. Just over ten years ago they moved to Callao Salvaje to open up the Callao Salvaje Community Church. Ken says, “We thought, as it was coming up to Christmas, that it would be good to have an outdoor carol service. We approached Adeje for permission and this was granted, along with some practical support.” The first year there were about 150 people in attendance, and it has grown over the years, “with the invaluable support from Adeje Council, the Alcalde, various councillors, including our local councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, the culture department and now the citizen participation department.” The Adeje school of music has also been a very active participant and we can boast that Agoney sang for us before he became famous.”

As part of the event, they also collect toys for Adeje social services and non-perishable foods for the food bank. Ken commented, “We seek to help and support every resident both physically and spiritually in our small area in Adeje, and by doing so, we want to demonstrate how much God loves all of us”.

 

 

 

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From the sea to the sink! Adeje’s desalination plants

Adeje council and Entemanser teach students about the importance of water in the Canaries

After a talk in the classroom the students visited the desalination plant in La Caleta
Tuesday 18 December 2018

The Adeje councillor for Works and Services, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, and the councillor for municipal services, Esther Rivero Vargas, along with the director of Aqualia Canarias, Emilio Fernández and Pedro Gómez de Ayala from Entemanser took part in a workshop yesterday with 47 children from 6th class in Tijoco Bajo primary school. The visit was part of a project to learn about the hugely important cyclical role water plays in our lives and how it is treated by the participating water companies here.

This project began last week with a talk in the classroom given by Entemanser and Aqualia representative, Pedro Gómez. The talk was in two blocks, preservation and information about the culture of water in the Canarias, and the integrated cycle of water supply in urban areas. The children, having absorbed the theory, were given practical demonstrations on Monday. Ernesto Iglesias, an Adeje engineer, and the head of water desalination for Aqualia, Francisco Urquijo, explained the detailed process of desalination in the borough and how the installation works. The visit was done with small groups to allow these future ‘guardians of Adeje’s water supply’ better understand the detailed workings of the plant, and to ensure a safer visit for all the children.

The participants were given information tools to help them better understand the need for responsible use of water and respect for the sources, both in terms of consumption and the return of water to the environment for its future purification.

Carmen Rosa González Cabrera commented, “these social-educative initiatives by Entemanser are very important to ensure that our students are aware of the need for proper water treatment, from its extraction from the sea to its arrival into our sinks from the tap at home These young people will carry that message to their families, insisting on the need for responsible use of water.

“Together with Entemanser, we in the council have invested in the construction and working of this desalination plant which processes over 10 million litres of water a day”

Entemanser was founded in 1987 and acquired by Aqualia in 2005, and is the company charged with the management of water supply in a number of boroughs in Tenerife.

 

You walked, you danced, you will save lives…

Over €35,000 raised on this year’s Walk for Life with over 5,000 people walking

A pink wave took over South Tenerife shortly after 10am this morning as over 5,000 people began to gather for the annual Walk for Life in aid of the fight against breast cancer. The 4 kilometre walk was from the Golden Mile in Arona to Plaza Salytien in Adeje and participants had performances and a flash-mob dance to keep them entertained as well as a steel drum band and bagpipes leading the way. The walk also has a new mascot, a Butterfly, who is still looking for a name, to be decided on after submissions online.

This year’s walk saw over €35,000 raised, and the money will be used for various cancer-related support and investigation projects. Among the 5.000+ walkers were the Foundation president Brigitte Gypen and various members of the the Arona and Adeje Town Halls, including both mayors, José Julián Mena (Arona) and, José Miguel R. Fraga (Adeje). Both mayors, in addressing the crowd before they set off, stressed the importance of having a fully functional oncology unit in the as-yet uncompleted public hospital for South Teneirfe. “My wish for next year’s walk is that we will finally have a public hospital here”, said the Arona mayor José Julian Mena. The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, took up the theme, “we continue to press for a quality public health service for everyone and are doing everything we can to make that a reality.”

José Julián Mena, also said it was a day to remember and celebrate those who couldn’t be here for many different reasons, and that it was a source of pride for him, “to be here in Arona today and see the south of Tenerife united as one, dressed in pink, the colour of awareness and sensitivity”. José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga added that “for another year running the south of Tenerife have demonstrated their high level of solidarity with those most in need, today that is those with cancer, in particular those with breast cancer, and their families”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking after those in need

 

In recent days the Adeje council signed a contract for the provision of non-perishable foods and essential products to assist families in need or/and at risk of social exclusion in the borough.

The new agreement is designed to offer immediate help. “With this new initiative we are offering an emergency assistance service dealing, above all, with those needing food and personal hygiene products” commented the Adeje social welfare councillor, Isabel Fernández González, adding that the service will also be working to address the reasons behind the emergency situation people find themselves in and that place them at the risk of social exclusion.

Items that will be provided will include rice, cereals, flour, and food stuffs in jars/tins such as jams, beans, and hygienic products such as soap, nappies, shower gel, toothbrushes and toothpaste, etc. According to the councillor with this new agreement the have a two-year stock of products for those in need of urgent and immediate attention.

 

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From the farm to your table

10 years of excellence, Adeje Farmers Market

The Adeje department of the environment, presided over by Councillor Esther Rivero Vargas, is organising a series of activities this Sunday, December 9th, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the Adeje Farmers Market, which, every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, brings the best, “from the farm to your table”.

“Since the Farmers Market has been in operation the public has been able to enjoy quality local fresh produce, grown by people who live in or near the borough and we have seen how the Farmers Market has also become a tool for social and economic growth in the rural areas of Adeje, which is something to be proud of as the produce also meets all of the EU standards for quality and healthy eating”, said the councillor.

She continued, “Freshness, quality and an excellent choice along with accessible prices have been the standards set by this market over its ten years and all of our stall holders have played an important part in the evolution of the market. Today a lot of hotels and restaurants opt for local produce because they know it offers excellence in taste, texture and quality in preparing their menus”.

The produce on sale every week incudes fruit and vegetables, flowers, crafts, cakes and biscuits, honeys, cheeses, meats, and wines. And this Sunday the Adeje council is inviting everyone to join them in celebrating this special day. From 11am there will be show cooking with Pablo Pastor using produce from the market, followed by a tasting with live background music provided by Grupo Chabor. All of the stall holders will be receiving a small gift in appreciation of their work over the years, and there will be a photo-call opportunity for all those who drop in to shop during the morning. The market is open from 8am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adeje honours Kurt Konrad Mayer

Kurt Konrad, one of the borough’s economic giants, is honoured in Adeje
The new Avenida Kurt Konrad Mayer is in El Madroñal


Yesterday morning the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga unveiled the plaque on the Avenida Kurt Konrad Mayer (previously the Avenida El Madroñal), in recognition of the work and years of investment given to Adeje by this Chilean businessman. Present at the event were his family and close friends.
The mayor said, “We are here to remember and recognise something important in our recent history, also something that reflects our change from an agricultural society to a top class tourism destination. Among those who contributed to that change was Kurt Konrad who, in life, was a man very committed to the development and completion of programmes in both infrastructures and the evolution of our society. He was a pioneer, a visionary as a businessman, but someone who never forgot the most important thing – people, his workers, who today have recognised his memorable contributions.”
Roberto Konrad, one of his sons and the director of Tenerfe Top Training, spoke of his father as “a man who never stopped working and who saw possibilities where others only saw problems. My father taught us a lot about work and effort and always said that our greatest wealth was the people who worked with us”.


Kurt Konrad Mayer
Kurt Konrad Mayer , a Chilean-born architect, arrived to Tenerife in the middle of the 20th century, and began an intensive period of professional activity as an architect, builder, developer and tourism promoter, initially with the RKF company, working on projects such as the Aparthotel Ponderosa, the Dollar nightclub and Titos pizzeria.
Konrad Mayer then began working on the construction and promotion of complexes such as Los Geranios, Las Carabelas, Panorama, Club Atlantis, Paraíso del Sur, Oasis Paraíso, Hotel Santiago, Hotel La Pinta, H.A. Altamira, H.A. Santa María, Puerto Colón and Club Náutico. He also was part of the creation of the German school, the ‘Colegio Alemán Alexander Von Humboldt’, which was recently renamed and is today the ‘Colegio Internacional Costa Adeje’, with financial and legal backing in the establishment of the school.
He was the one who pushed for the creation of a tourism promotion group that today has been integrated into the CIT Sur , president of the Rotary Club Tenerife, participated in the establishment of SPET, (for the external promotion of Tenerife), Turismo de Tenerife and was the founder of the Adeje volunteer fire brigade.
His involvement also extended to participation in the development of Golf Costa Adeje, the Los Olivos, Barranco de Torres, El Beril and La Caleta planning projects, and that of El Madroñal, very much part of the expansion of both Costa Adeje and the urbanisation of Adeje town.
During recent years, before his death in 2011, Kurt Konrad Mayer played a part in the creation of Tenerife Top Training, an infrastructure that today is recognised as one of the best sports complexes of its type in the world.

 

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Are you ready to Walk for Life?

 

At a press conference to announce details the mayors of Adeje and Arona also called for an oncology unit in the public hospital being built in South Tenerife

 

The Walk for Life is on December 16th this year and will probably see over 5,000 people taking part, according to the organisers and the mayors of Adeje and Arona, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and José Julian Mena, who held a joint press conference this morning. Foundation president Brigitte Gypen was at the top table alongside singer and this year’s honorary walk Grand Marshall, Agoney, who said this “was very important for him. It’s not the first time I have taken part – in previous years I sang too”.

4,500 walkers turned out for last year’s event and raised over €20,000. This year walkers will gather at the ‘Golden Mile’ in Arona and walk four kilometres to Plaza Salytien. And there will be a lot of fun activities before and afterwards, with many local singers and groups on hand to entertain the participants.

During the press conference the mayor of Arona also took time to stress the need for “an oncology unit in South Tenerife which needs to be based in the public hospital”, a demand seconded by the mayor of Adeje who added the need to address the issue of mobility, “under the current system cancer patients had to be brought to the north for their treatments, so adding to the treatments and illnesses they had to face long journeys, often prolonged by traffic jams”. Mena added that the Walk for Life was a “day full of hope but awareness has to be something permanent. It’s not just about one day but about 365 days”.

Adeje mayor Rodríguez Fraga renewed the borough’s commitment to the Walk for Life, “which reflects the solidarity of the south with those, mostly women, who are suffering from this illness. The Walk for Life gives them visibility, helps, and also highlights the need for early detection and the gaps that still exist in the treatments available”:

Brigitte Gypen thanked all those who participate and the businesses and sponsors, those helping with printing, merchandising, transport, halls, etc. She had special mention for the volunteers who work all year round to make the walk what it is. She told press that with increasing awareness of environmental impacts, this year there would be no balloons, instead streamers and flags. There will also be a flash mob – and people are already practising using the videos online on the Walk for Life and council social networks.

Detailing the use of funds raised last year, Gypen said that money was spent on the BRA project, ensuring that every woman on the island who has undergone a mastectomy has access to a special bra, designed for her needs, an essential tool in aiding recovery. Another project that has benefited from funding is the development of liquid biopsies and in the oncological physiotherapy service. These, as well as the on-going activities that happen in the Pink Room, and the donations to cancer associations such as the AECC and AMATE. Funding is also used to assist in the Kilómetro Solidario Project which provides transport for oncology patients in South Tenerife.

 

A surprise visitor to the press conference was the new mascot for the Walk for Life, a butterfly – a mascot that is, as yet, unnamed – but the public will be asked to help find a name through social media. The press were also shown the new promotional video, with local Spanish and British journalists urging people to take part in the Walk for Life on December 16th. And if you want to contribute but can’t take part on December 16th you can always buy the 2019 Voices for Life calendar or other promotional items.

The mayors of both boroughs also outlined other ways in which they are working to assist residents who are suffering from cancer today, “even though it might not be officially our responsibility, that is no way to evade the issue…we will continue to invest but also continue to demand quality public health services particularly in the south”, said the Adeje mayor.

 

The mayor of Arona informed the press that they have given the AECC association a headquarters in a municipal installation and are developing aquatic activities for patients who need them. The council also recently announced the availability of free transport for those who need to travel to Santa Cruz/La Laguna for oncological treatments.

Adeje too contributes annually, with the Pink Room in the borough’s Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia and are working on a lymphedema prevention programme, offering therapy, transport and working with the AECC. Both mayors said they would be taking part on December 16th, “walking for life, reinforcing these action plans, because they meet the needs of our people, together”.
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Music as a life learning tool

Adeje council’s music therapy project for special needs persons

The Adeje Council has presented a music therapy project, ‘Timba’, for special needs individuals. With the municipal School of Music and the Los Olivos centre for functional diversity, under councillors Carmen Rosa González Cabrera and Carmen Lucía Rodríguez respectively, the programme will b open to anyone in Adeje who is special needs, with the main aim being to bring music to the whole population. “This is a programme to use music as physical, psychological and social tool in improving the lives of individuals”, said Carmen Rosa González.

“Music as therapy is not just an idealistic notion in the search for ‘curative power”, said Carmen Lucia Rodríguez. “The therapeutic effects of music are the results of professional methods that are properly applied”.

Those interested in signing up for classes can do so through the Adeje School of Music, with classes in the mornings and afternoons on offer. It is thought the morning hours would suit adults with some form of special needs and the afternoon sessions might be better suited to people with functional diversity who are attending regular educational centres in the mornings.

Among the aims will be the “improvement of communication through music, listening, dancing or playing, transmitting feelings and ideas, improving interpersonal relationships and self-awareness, explained Carmen Lucia Rodríguez. The teachers will focus on multi-sensory stimulation, self-expression, helping to develop intellectual capacity, improve cognitive abilities and psychomotor functions such as spatial perception, motor skills and co-ordination.

The project has already completed a pilot phase in the Los Olivos centre with a high level of satisfaction reported from students and teachers. “Now we want to take it a step further and open the programme to everyone so we need the School of Music to come on board, as here we have the installation and the teaching staff who are able to become involved in the project”, said the councillor.

Carmen Rosa González added that “attention to those with special needs if part of the protocol of the School of Music. Currently we have a dozen students who have some form of disability and we are interested in opening the school’s doors to many more people in particular to what is, in some ways, a ‘vulnerable’ section of our society. The school is 100% behind the project”: