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.
 

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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Plan to repave and upgrade Adeje’s principal roads

 

The Adeje council has been working to upgrade and repave the principal roads throughout the borough in recent months. The work has been divided into two phases, one in the mainly tourist zone and the other in the mostly residential areas with streets and avenues targeted for improvement. The work is to meet the heavy demands of a region that sees over 200,000 people passing through on a daily basis as well as cars and workers who serve the area.

 

According to the councillor for works, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, “this is an important investment, which could cost in the region of three and a half million euros. We are almost finished in Costa Adeje and are moving onto phase two which is concentrated in the residential villages and neighbourhoods.” She said that included in the plans is work to improve mobility and pavements for those with special needs.

The plan will affect some of the streets with the highest footfall in the town centre; Calles Concha García Álvarez, Universidad de La Laguna, Calle El Castillo,Calle Las Huertas, Calle Tagoror and the Avenida Palo Mayor. In La Postura work will affect Calles Pérez, 30 de Mayo, Viera y Clavijo, La Paz and Tajinaste and in El Galeón it will include the Avenidas de los Océanos, del Poniente and los Vientos as well as Calles Jarcias and La Borda, and Paseo de las Calmas.

In Las Nieves the streets for upgrade include Calles Tegueste, Parque Santa Úrsula,Tágara and Atbitocazpe. In the Las Torres Barranco zone it will be Calle Barranco del Inglés and also the Camino de Las Moraditas.

Fañabe streets up for repaving are the Avenida Islas Canarias and Calles Isla de Tenerife, La Gomera, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Alegranza, La Graciosa and La Palma. In Armeñime the main streets affected are Calles la Patrona de Canarias, Poetas Canarios and León Felipe, and Calles La Isa, Malagueñas, Folías Seguidillas and Tajaraste in Las Rosas.

In Los Menores and Charco del Valle work will affect Calles Chabú, Nicolosa and La Tablada while in La Hoya it will be Calles La Milagrosa, Secadero and Morro Afonso Alto. Tijoco Bajo improvements will be along the Calles Virgen del Carmen, El Granero, La Presa, La Unión, and La Pedrera.

Callao Salvaje is also included with improvements beginning along Calles La Zahorra, El Jable, Duarte and Pencatinta. Finally in Ricasa work is scheduled for the road up from Ricasa to Gasparianes

 

 

 

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Remembering those gone before…

All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are busy days for cemeteries in Spain

The Adeje council have been busy making sure the municipal cemetery is ready for the many extra visitors expected over the coming days, with November 1st and 2nd marking All Saint’s Day and All Souls’ Day respectively. These are celebrated national (and internationally) with extra masses, and families taking time to visit the cemeteries where loved ones have been laid to rest.

The Adeje cemetery will be open to the public today and tomorrow from 8am to 6pm and on November 1st and 2nd from 8am to 8pm. In preparation for the visits the council have been working to make sure the cemetery is in top condition for families who will visit this week, cleaning, painting, planting new flowers in the different patios, etc.

The councillor with responsibility for the area, Esther Rivero Vargas, commented, “these are important days for the public, when we pay respect to those who have gone before us, and we know it’s essential that the cemetery is in top condition for those families who will be visiting, as it’s a very relevant date for them”. She added that the goal was always to make the place “one of tranquillity and harmony”.

Extra masses:

Wed Oct 31st
5pm: La Milagros Tijoco – La Hoya
6pm: Santa Ursula Mártir
7pm: San José, Los Olivos

Thur Nov 1st: All Saints Day
9.30am: Adeje Cemetery chapel
10am: Armeñime
11am: Santa Ursula Mártir
12 noon: Callao Salvaje
12.30pm: Adeje Cemetery chapel
6.30pm: Adeje Cemetery chapel followed by a blessing of the niches.

Fri Nov 2nd: All Souls Day
9am: Adeje Cemetery chapel
6pm: Adeje Cemetery chapel
6pm: Armeñime
6pm: Fañabe
7.30pm: La Caleta

 

 

 

Healthy lifestyle choices

Adeje’s part in the III Regional Workshop on health promotion

Recently Adeje took part in a regional workshop on health promotion, an initiative designed to help councils and cabildos work on an overall health strategy for the region as part of the national health programme.

At the event different councils presented prevention projects they are working on and the workshop also discussed how other international zones (Azores, Canarias, Cape Verde, Madeir ) work to combine promotion and prevention with public health services in an efficient and qualitative manner, improving the health and quality of life of the citizens.
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Adeje’s health councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, said that although “Adeje has only been part of this forum since 2017, we have been committed to promoting healthier lifestyles in our local population for a lot longer, as an effective strategy for disease prevention….we work from a integrated perspective, and are presenting the projects we have undertaken to improve the health of our people”.

Among those strategies in place is better coordination of health resources locally and inter—sectoral education in the community. Here too there are projects helping educate the younger population about healthy choices, classes for pregnant women, and workshops for those older residents to aid them in maintaining a level of autonomy regardless of age.

At the meeting there was a call for the signing, as soon as possible, of a covenant between the department of health, the regional government and the councils to implement a national health promotion plan which would also tackle the need to reduce health-related waiting lists.

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Looking after each other!

Fundación CLC World donate two dryers to Adeje Seniors’ residence

Earlier this week representatives of the CLC World Foundation Miriam Palazon, Richard Wafer and Leonie Lindwedel visted the Adeje Senior Citizens home with Adeje mayor Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga and the Adeje councillor for senior citizens Cristina Carballo. They were there to see the working of the two new clothes dryers the foundation has just donated to the home.

During their visit they were shown around the centre by director Carina Negrin Aguilar, meeting many of the residents in the well shaded patio, before seeing the dining area, the bedrooms, and large living room and of course the laundry area where both clothes dryers are already in use.

Miriam told the mayor that the Foundation were delighted to be able to “do their bit to help people who might need it” and were eager to participate in other donations in the borough in the coming months. They have already helped the Asociación San Juan and are finalising their contribution to this year’s Walk for Life. The CLC World foundation is a non-profit institution working to improve the lives of those in need, with funds raised from donations and grants from associations, and clients and employees of CLC World. They have been working in Costa del Sol and Tenerife.

Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga welcomed this donation and expressed his interest in the work of the CLC World Foundation. He said their aims were very much in parallel with the aims of the council, putting people first. The mayor thanked the Foundation for their altruism, adding that in Adeje they were always aware that there were people in need, people who were suffering “and that’s where we step in – perhaps it’s the elderly, or families who need extra help with school materials. This is where we work in solidarity, as we know that during our lives no one is without needs”.

CLC World Resort Director Miriam Palazon said “we are here to do our bit and open to other requests to assist where we can”. She said the foundation is working with many different associations and organisation here in Tenerife and in the Spanish peninsula to improve the lives of those in need. “We stand ready to listen, ready to help”, Palazon told the Adeje mayor, “our intention is to bring the work of the foundation to Adeje”.

 

 

 

 

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A happier Christmas!

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Cruz Roja and Adeje council donate 20 family boxes which include Christmas fare

20 Adeje families received Christmas boxes from the Cruz Roja (Red Cross) in conjunction with the Adeje council this week.

These were boxes specially prepared for families in need at this time of year, with Christmas-based food products as well as some basic dietary staples. The donations were made as part of the on-going social services aid programme which is dedicated to helping those most in need throughout the year.

Present at the delivery, which took place in the Adeje Cultural Centre, were the Adeje councillor for social welfare, Amada Trujillo Bencomo and volunteer members of the Red Cross.

For her part, the councillor thanked the Cruz Roja for all the social assistance projects they are operating in the Adeje borough, and said that she was delighted that Christmas continues “to bring out the best in all of us”. She said these boxes “are of great help to the families here today and the council of Adeje is delighted to continue to work with the Cruz Roja in their work reaching out to the most vulnerable in our society”.

Bank books help

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Caixa Bank donates school material and books
The aim of the initiative is to guarantee that students from disadvantaged families have equal education opportunities

The Adeje education councillor, Andrés Pérez Ramos met recently with Caixa Bank and AMPA (the parents association for schools) to confirm details of the banks’ commitment to donate school materials and text books to families most in need in the borough. It is the second year in a row that the bank has donated in this manner.

The aim of the initiative is to guarantee that students from disadvantaged families have equal education opportunities and remove difficulties children many have in pursuing their studies.

Pérez Ramos thanked the bank for their donations and the help they were giving families in the borough. He said this extra assistance was “as well as the assistance coming from the department of education”, adding that he was working in conjunction with the councillor for social welfare to give the best possible attention to local residents, and it was this kind of attention to local needs that meant they could also “receive help from other institutions such as Hospiten Sur and the Cruz Roja”.

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Representing the Caixa Bank at the meeting was Manuel Luis Méndez Martín and Eusebio Dorta was there on behalf of the parents’ associations. The donations are part of the bank’s decentralised social programme, the aim of which is to help persons with the greatest needs, using proposals such as this one, in the most efficient way using synergy between institutions such as the Adeje council to reach those on the margins of society. The funding for books is also being spent in Adeje book shops, so “it’s not just benefitting families but local businesses as well”, commented the councillor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Adeje!

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The Adeje councillor for finance Epifanio Díaz Hernández has released details of Adeje’s move to the ORVE, the ‘Oficina de Registro Virtual’, or Virtual Registry Office, part of the services offered by the national Ministry for Finance and Public Administration. The objective behind the move is to allow members of the public officially register, send and receive official documents electronically.

“This tool allows a communication between the different administrations which means that the citizen doesn’t have to re-present any documentation that is already registered in the system”, explained the councillor.

“We have joined the service because it offers speed and quality of service to the citizens”, he continued. “The biggest benefit of this virtual office is that all of the administrations – local, insular, regional – can interact telematically to process matters without the need for documentation to physically travel between two points with corresponding savings in cost and time”. The service can be accessed by members of the Adeje public at the Citizens Advice Office (Oficina de Atención a la Ciudadanía ,SAC), in the main Town Hall building.

Epifanio Díaz Hernández added, “the introduction of ORVE in the Canarias has been made possible thanks to the work of the Public Administrations department in realising that any move to improve the processing of matters of interest to members of the public is fundamental.

Adeje’s current online service has a very high usage rate; in 2013 nearly 2,000 people processed some form of official business online. 33 % of people looking for their travel certificate did so online and many others used the service to register their residency here too. The overall figure was a 238% increase in online use over the previous year, when only 837 online petitions were made, and already this year, particularly in the areas of sport and culture, the number of online operations has risen by over 50%.

One of the noteworthy things about the Adeje online service is that users can also use the service to present bills if they are service providers and officially present requests for a place in the Adeje Farmer’s Market – this service alone accounted for 17 per cent of the online traffic last year. And as the councillor pointed out, “none of these people had to actually come into the Town Hall to make their petition, saving them time and money…..so the online service means a saving for the citizen”.

Another move by the council’s technical development team has been to make sure the page now adapts to the format you are using – computer, laptop, tablet or phone – and the availability of personal assessment assistance which offers the user remote support via their computer using the Team View technology which, once authorised by the user, allows the council’s IT department access your terminal and suggest ways of improving the system operations. This service is operated with built in confidentiality and security guarantees. Once the connections is terminated the IT cannot re-access the user’s computer, further guaranteeing the security of each user.

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