Over €5 million to be invested in street upgrades

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Over five millions euros is to be spent upgrading Calles Valencia and Unterhaching and the Avenida Los Pueblos.

The Adeje councillor for works and services, Gonzalo Delgado Díaz, said the streets in question were due for a major upgrade in the coming months. The cost, over five million euros, would be met jointly by the council, the Cabildo, the regional government and various padeje-mejoras calle unterhacing(7) adeje-mejoras calle unterhacing(3) adeje-mejoras calle unterhacing(2) adeje-mejoras calle unterhacing(1)rivate investors in the zone in question. He said, “we are continuing to work to keep the borough in the first division, and the renovation of our public spaces are vitally important, as much for our Adeje residents as those who visit. These works are very important for Adeje and are not just about keeping up appearances, but also improving the modernity and the adding to the commercial dynamic and fluidity of the area where tourism is the primary industry.

“We are meeting with residents and businesses in the zones that are to be affected….and ask for the patience and understanding of residents as, once finished, the results will be positive for everyone in the neighbourhood”:

The works will have various timetables as each zone has different needs and levels of renovations required, The council asks that business workers and residents take that into consideration as well as remembering that once complete thte value of the zone will increase which benefits all concerned.

Calle Valencia
The main aim in this zone is to reorganise the public spaces and green zones. The pavements and kerbs will be remodelled as will the park alongside, improving the urban area overall. Traffic and parking will be along one side with increased ease of pedestrian activity along the other with the plan being to redesign the street to better allow the flow of traffic and pedestrians.
Work along this street will cost an estimated €1,140,609.94. It will also see the existing kiosks integrated into the new design and install new greenery alongside the existing palm trees as well as installing new street furniture such as small wastepaper bins, benches,ets. Lighting will also be improved.

Calle Unterhaching
Given the location of this street, as the main road connecting to the Playa del Duque, the work will increase pedestrian access. The street is flanked by two commercial centres, the Plaza del Duque and the París, and has a huge residential and hotel population and is a vital tourist point. Two separate works are planned for here.
The first development will be by the meeting point of a number of pedestrial ways which give the area huge urban potential The plan proposes a transformation of the enormous parking space at the end of the street into an urban open space, pedestrianised. At the same time there will be a new access to parking constructed which will include a lift for persons with reduced mobility. A number of large pergolas are planned to give shade, as well as new garden areas and green zones and a children’s area.

The second part of the works along this zone will see a modificaiton of the garage ramps to increase pedestrian space, as well as increaseing the pavement between the Plaza del Duque commercial centre to the Playa del Duque beach. Here too new green zones are planned along the pedstrian walkway where the public can enjoy sea views.

Two way traffic will be kept here but street parking on the sea side will be eliminated to install a bicycle lane and on the other side space for taxis, commercial offloading, etc, rubbish collection, etc . .


Avenida de Los Pueblos
Along the Avenida de Los Pueblos the plan is to unite two areas that were the first to be part of the overall upgrading, the Avenida España and the Avenida Rafael Puig. The work should satisify those who are not dependent on cars, and local businesses and the local commercial axis as well as optimising the capacity for vehicles through traffic calming and redirection measures. The notion is also to promote an improved image of this very public space.

The plan will see increased space for pedestrians who will be able to walk through to the commercial zone, with reduced danger from speeding traffic. Extra green zones and shaded areas for the public are also planned and increased space for cyclists too.

Work is due to begin where the Avenida de los Pueblos meets the Avenida Eugenio Domínguez (at the end of the calle Rafael Puig) and the Avenida España. Pavement improvement,better green zones, shading, a bicycle lane along the sea side of the road, and new street drainage will be incorporated.

Lighting and telecommunication installations are also to be installed in keeping with the design along the Avenidas Eugenio Domínguez España. The Avenida de Los Pueblos is to be included in the City Gas network though it will be operated by GASCAN. The existing Transformation Centre will be moved to one side to allow a roundabout at the Avenida Rafael Puig intersection.

New street furniture will include benches, wastepaper bins, bus shelters. The roundabout at the top of Calle Gran Bretaña willbe removed and two new roundabouts relocated at either end. One of the accesses to the Hotel Iberostar will be removed to benefit pedestrians, and paved overpasses will also be built.


Local Administration Law “attacks citizen rights”

The Mayor of Adeje held a press conference this morning (Monday February 24 2014) to announce that the Council will be using all the resources at their disposal to counter the effects of the 2013 ‘Ley de racionalización y sostenibilidad de la administración local’ or local administration rationalisation law. The mayor, who was joined at the press conference by councillors Andrés Pérez Ramos and Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, said the new law was one which worked to “distance citizens from their fundamental rights”.

The Mayor announced that he was calling an extraordinary council session for tomorrow (25/02/2014) to seek a united front on what he named a brutal attack on local self government. “This law limits the borough’s autonomy and will convert local administrations into monitoring institutions, while at the same time depriving citizens of a basic instrument which allows them access to the council and to participate in local affairs….” he said.
“In Spain”, he continued, “local administrations generate the lowest tax burden, have a good record on budgetary stability and only account for 4 % of the national debt.”. He added that given the relatively good turn out at local elections, it was clear that public dissatisfaction was lowest when it came to local councils.
The new law has already been heavily criticised by the Council for the State who have said there is a conflict with the Spanish constitution. The same accusation has been made at European level with the European Council stating that the new law deprives citizens of the kind of access to local government that is needed to resolve local problems. It would also appear to go against the principles of the European Charter of Local Self-Government which states that local bodies must be autonomous to properly serve their community.
The Mayor explained that there are currently more than 8,000 boroughs in Spain and one of the objectives is to collectively bring the law to the attention of the Constitutional Court. This can be done if there is a majority of councils in favour of the move. The petition will seek to have the implementation of the law suspended and its application annulled. According to Rodríguez Fraga there are already a host of political parties signed up to support the move to annul the law.