Borough works helps those on the dole

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The Adeje Council, through the departments of employment, municipal works, social welfare (under councillors Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, Isabel Fernández González and Carmen Rosa González Cabrera), had undertaken a social initiative which has meant employment for 59 members of the community, who are now working to regenerate public spaces throughout the borough.

Under a six-month social employment scheme, co-funded by the Canarian Employment service and the Adeje council, almost 60 people, most of them who are long-term unemployed and at risk of social exclusion, have been engaged in different work in distinct parts of Adeje.

The work has included gardening and cleaning in green zones, maintenance in public spaces such as parks and gardens, annual reformation work in public education centres and major work in both the Las Rosas-Los Menores zone and along the Avenida De La Galga en Callao Salvaje.

Regional approval for modernisation plans

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The regional territorial council has approved a number of plans under the PMMI, the plan for improvements and growth which could see upgrades to zones in Callao Salvaje, Playa Paraíso and La Caleta in the near future. According to the Adeje councillor in charge of urban development, José María Álvarez Acosta the plans would be part of a regeneration of tourist areas and establishments in the borough.

“The plan opens up the door to a range of possibilities to ensure that the borough of Adeje continues to be a competitive destination, both from a tourism point of view as well as from the business development viewpoint. The full document will give Adeje room to develop and act which is a step forward and will benefit everyone in the borough”, he said.

The plan addresses “projects covering public and private spaces in terms of improvements that will energise the tourist centre along the lines of the overall territorial plan”. Among the potential projects that the plan could see activated are the creation of a new maritime pathway along La Enramada in La Caleta, improvements to the access path by Las Salinas in Playa Paraíso and the creation of a proper pathway along the Callao Salvaje coastline. There is also approval for street upgrades to Calle La Lava in Callao Salvaje, and improvements to the pedestrian area by the Ajabo beach and the link between Callao Salvaje and Playa Paraíso.

There is mention of improvements and changes to certain sections of Calle Las Artes in La Caleta and Calle El Jable in Callao Salvaje and finally the plan has approved the project to build a road connecting the Iboibo sector with the village of Callao Salvaje.

Over 300 new businesses opened in Adeje in 2015

Councillor José María Álvarez Acosta

Councillor José María Álvarez Acosta

In the same time period only 20 companies closed

According to the Adeje councillor for urban development, José María Álvarez Acosta, 335 new businesses began operations in the borough during 2015, as compared to 268 in 2014. Only 20 businesses closed in the same 12 month period. “The companies who opened in 2015 are in a vast range of sectors”, said the councillor, “small, medium and large enterprises are deciding that Adeje is the place to develop their commercial projects and this is due, in large part, to this administration’s working practises which offer efficient and immediate assistance”.

Álvarez Acosta explained that council operates in many cases under the 2011 the ‘Ley de Actividades Clasificadas y Espectáculos Públicos de 2011’ (Law re classified activities and public shows 2011), which guarantees, among other things, that official requests for opening licences for businesses that would be deemed “innocuous” would have a favourable answer when the licence presentation was officially made and that any business that is “inoffensive” could open to the public on the same day as the licence request was officially submitted, with inspections etc. taking place afterwards.

As well as granting operating licences for over 300 businesses the Adeje department has also approved a number of urban building projects with work licences granted between 7- 30 days of the petition being submitted. Altogether there were 215 applications for building works in 2015, showing, says the councillor, “a healthy relationship with the council reflecting confidence and stability”.

Among the licences granted were four for major projects; the renovation of the Hotel Jardines del Teide in Costa Adeje, reform and renovation of the Paraíso Floral and Oasis Paraiso hotels in Playa Paraiso, a new apart-hotel complex, Corales Barceló in La Caleta and the Victoria Suites in Playa del Duque.

Councillor José María Álvarez Acosta pointed to the professionalism of the Adeje technical staff and the stability of the local administration as contributing to the healthy state of businesses in the borough.