Five hospitalised following Puerto Colón boat fire

 

The Adeje Policía Local  activated their emergency team this morning following an explosion on a boat in Puerto Colón, which caused a fire to break out. Five people were injured as a result and were hospitalised.

The Ceoces – 113 emergency services body immediately instigated their protocol plans for incidents of this nature once they were informed by the police of the explosion and fire. Rescue and safety teams were at the scene as was a helicopter from the regional government rescue division, alongside local and national police, the Canarian health emergency services and the maritime rescue teams.

The five injured were brought to the port by local boats and attended to by health service teams at the scene, and none are reported to be suffering from serious injuries.

Networking nationally to improve the destination

 

Adeje’s tourism councillor Ermitas Moreira García has just returned from a series of working days with Innpulso, a strategic platform established by the ministry for finance and competition, to engage with cities and towns in Spain who are promoting and working with new technologies in development.

The meeting was in Érmua (Biscay, Basque country), and the network includes 68 towns and cities in Spain, all of whom took part in the event. The Adeje representative said that “for a destination such as Costa Adeje membership of this network is very important, as we are establishing synergies with other innovative cities and learning from their successful experiences and seeing where that success can be applied here”.

Some of the proposals that will form part of the working plan approved by the council do precisely that – forge strategic alliances, including with the ministry and other social agencies relevant to the goals in question. The group also moved towards better lines of communication and improvement of positioning within the sector.

A new representative council was elected too, with Érmua and Terrassa sharing the presidency. Representing bigger cities will be Barakaldo and Valladolid, medium sized cities Alcoi and Sant Boi de Llobregat and smaller cities/towns will be represented by Ejea de los Caballeros and Villamayor.

Membership is granted by the ministry for finance and competition, and Adeje has been a member of the network since 2012, with that status renewed in 2016. Among other advantages, members work on collective projects and also give priority to member cities in choosing locations for conferences, seminars and other events.

 

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Tax freeze and rates drop!

 

House rates will drop this year for home owners in Adeje

Yesterday the Adeje council released details of the 2108 budget with the mayor stating that the council’s main priorities for 2018 would be to continue to make individual care and attention and quality of services priorities. However be said the national ‘law of rationalisation’ was creating problems for the council. Also present at the launch of the budget proposals were the councillors for tax, Epifanio Díaz, and the councillor for works and municipal services, Carmen Rosa González.

Adeje has met all budget targets and aims as outlined by the national ministry for finance and tax, and under the law of rationalisation as applied to local public administrations. The council is, on average, paying providers within 15 days of presenting bills (the national average is 30 days), and is working with a zero deficit.

Under these circumstances the council is able to present an expansive and ambitious programme for the year ahead. However, says mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, “we are restricted from planning to be more ambitious in our borough due to the national law, I am calling it the law of irrationality, it’s tying our hands and not allowing us grow more than 2.3% even though we finished last year with a surplus of €15 million”. He continued, “It is unjust that boroughs that have met all the budgetary conditions laid down are being hindered, and furthermore as a tourist destination we do have to offer increased and improved services and resources”.

In 2018 Adeje has said it will spend €89.5 million with an expected income of €93.6 million, figures similar to the year gone by. Last year’s handling of the public finances saw a continuation of the monetary stability that has meant Adeje is one of the better managed boroughs.

The mayor outlined the four spending areas for the council for the year: consolidate and improve the quality of public services, accounting for 56% of projected costs; attention to social welfare needs and programmes, 13% of the projected cost; training and employment programmes at a projected cost of €5 million; freezing of local taxes and a drop in local rates which will benefit over 60% of the Adeje residential population.

Regarding employment Adeje has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in Spain, with just 7% on the dole. The mayor continues to prioritise training and education as vitally important in tackling unemployment, “helping people, regardless of age or personal characteristics, to improve their job-finding prospects”. This will include language courses, training in IT, etc. Creating more jobs in the tourism sector is also a priority as well as offering those already employed in tourism on-going opportunities to improve their professionalism thus improving the level and quality of service in the sector.

Social projects, attention to health, diversity, education and culture, are also scheduled to receive extra funding. Projects such as that helping children walk safely to school, Adeje’s social harmony programmes, prevention projects in health, services for seniors and improving equality opportunities are an integral part of the plan for 2018.

The council representatives also mentioned the on-going works taking place in the town currently concentrating in improving parking, “one of the major problems that affects our residents”, remarked the mayor. Additionally over €4 million is earmarked for road surfacing throughout the borough, and improving the quality and extent of the water supply will also receive funding during the year.

 

 

 

 

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Readers and students using Adeje public libraries

Harry Potter is top choice among Adeje’s younger library users

The Adeje public library network, under councillor Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz, has just released annual figures for 2017, “and the numbers are quite significant”, he commented, “the libraries in Armeñime and Fañabe are now open to the public too, part of the network of services on offer in the Adeje library and the Canarian library in the town”.

Overall there were over 40 thousand library consultations last year, nearly 7,000 items were lent out and more than 21,400 people passed through the library doors in that time. “Our aim is to continue to improve the services we offer to the library users through the network, people who often depend upon the resources in the library when they need to consult information or need a quiet space to study or prepare projects” the councillor commented.

On average 1,785 people used the facility every month, almost 4 out of 5 of those were adults. In terms of material lent out, the highest demand is for study material, followed by literature and items from the children’s section which includes books and videos. The IT offer in the library is also widely used with an average of 88 connections daily.

The library is used as a meeting space, and during 2017 15 book launches were held there as were 4 school visits, 4 baby storytelling events, 5 workshops, 3 workshops and a number of poetry recitals.

The most requested book for very young readers was Disney’s Magic English while slightly older readers opted for Harry Potter y el legado maldito (Harry Potter and the cursed child) above all others while adults borrowed Ser Feliz en Alaska followed by an autobiography of J. Cruyff.

 

 

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Adeje animal centre welcomes volunteers

 

The Adeje council have given provisional approval to a ruling that will allow volunteers to work in the borough’s animal rescue centre. According to the councillor for health promotion and quality of life, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, “We are making good the promises made at the start of our term of office, that we would welcome volunteers into the centre. We know there has been a call for this from the public and we know too it will make the animals’ lives happier, to have more people in to care for them, befriend them, take them for walks, play with them, etc.”

After this initial approval, the document will be published in the official Canarian statute bulletin, the BOC, with a set time allowed for members of the public to comment and/or present proposals. Thereafter the appropriate regulation will be presented to a meeting of the council for full approval.

Among the duties the volunteers may undertake, though not with dogs registered as belonging to dangerous breeds, will be walking the animals, brushing and showering, play time and care for puppies. The volunteers may also assist in the adoption of animals within the established norms of the centre. However at no time will volunteers be allowed undertake the work of the staff of the centre, such as feeding the animals, administering medication, cleaning the cages, etc. Dangerous breeds will always be under the control of the centre staff who are licenced to handle them. Full rules are available on the council’s website, www.adeje.es

The councillor explained, “this is something we are happy to encourage. Recently we carried out a restructuring of personnel and some improvements in the centre. In 2016 we signed a covenant with an animal protection agency to help in the adoption process. Now we are about to regulate volunteer aid in a move that has the support of all the political parties in the council. We would also like to thank, in particular, Inma Évora, a well-known animal rights activist, for her participation and assistance in this matter.

The document prepared by the Adeje council is based on a 1998 law on volunteering in the Canaries. Among the requirements those wishing to enter the centre to volunteer must be over 18 and registered with a legally constituted volunteer organisation. There will be 10 places open to volunteers and people will be allocated their place for a set period of time to allow others also take up the opportunity. Each volunteer who is granted a place will also be asked to undertake a month-long training period where they will be trained in agreed duties and obligations and then given full accreditation. After one year as a volunteer they must reapply and places will be granted on the basis of availability, priority given to those applying for the first time.

Those individuals who are successfully incorporated into the volunteer team must attend for at least 50% of the agreed times, carry out their activities in the agreed time slots and follow the instruction of the person in charge. As mentioned, there will be certain limits to their involvement; they may not carry out administrative tasks, enter or involve themselves in the veterinary area, change dogs from one cage to another, give food or drink or any medication to the animals, etc. These and other duties will remain in the hands of the official personnel.

The Adeje animal rescue centre was built in 2010 at a cost of over 100,000 euro and is a municipally controlled centre.

 

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Water cuts: Playa Paraíso

 

Due to works to improve the drinking water network in the Playa Paraíso zone, there will be a temporary cut in the tap water supply on Tuesday, February 6th, from 8.30am until 3pm.

The affected zones:

PLAYA PARAISO:

  • C/ LA ERA
  • AVDA. ADEJE 300
  • C/ EL ALJIBE
  • AVDA. LAS GALGAS
  • C/ EL HORNO

Water company Entemanser say they will work to reconnect the supply as quickly as possible and also have a client information phone number 902 23 60 23

 

More parking for Los Olivos

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The Adeje council have voted its approval for the construction of an underground car park in the Los Olivos part of the town, and the licence has been granted, following a period of public competition, to Luis Olano Construcciones S.L.

The plan is part of the council’s on-going commitment to improve the quality of life for Adeje’s residents and businesses in the town and the car park will be between the streets of San José and La Cruz. There will be 285 parking spaces on three levels, and the top of the construction will become a public plaza and sport’s ground.

Councillor for works and services, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, says the parking proposal has been designed “to meet the changing needs of the zone, with a concentration of Adeje’s residents living in  Los Olivos and La Postura.  This is also a busy commercial nucleus. The new structure will also give the public a new space for leisure activities and sport”.

The parking, part of the Adeje Mobility Plan, is part of a series of parking schemes for the borough, both underground and at street level. The multi-storey car park by the Casa Fuerte (Fort House) is almost completed and the La Postura plan is under design.

The Los Olivos car park will cover a ground space of 8,000m2, and the projected cost is in the region of €3 million. During the work traffic along the affected streets will continue as normal. When complete there will be at least 8 spaces reserved for those with reduced mobility, the car park will have lifts, security etc.

 

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“Unacceptable” decision at Tenerife South airport

The mayors of Adeje, Arona and Guía de Isora held an urgent meeting to discuss the planned airport night closure situation

“The island will be without night time flight connections for three months, an unacceptable situa-tion” they commented
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The mayors of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, Arona, José Julián Mena, and Guía de Isora, Pedro Martín, held an urgent meeting today to discuss the planned night time closure of the Tenerife South airport for three months

The three mayors expressed their “total rejection of the position which will mean the island is without flight connections at night. The north airport isn’t open during the night time hours and now the south airport is also going to close for three months at night time. The island will be isolated and the consequences for the residents and for the tourism sector will be terrible. This is unacceptable”:

Rodríguez Fraga, Mena and Martín are asking the regional government and the Tenerife Ca-bildo to explain the gravity of the situation to the relevant national department for develop-ment, a situation which will leave the people of Tenerife in “a complicated situation”:

The mayors have outlined the importance of the airport as a fundamental infrastructure for the south of the island, fundamental for the residents and for the main economic motor of Tenerife, tourism. “This is the third most profitable airport in Spain, with 11.2 million passengers and more than €70 million in income annually. We cannot be treated in this way, the decision has been taken with no regard for the importance of this time of the year.”

The three mayors also pointed out how this decision only served to vindicate their support for a second runway, and also added this decision regarding the airport to the list of examples of how the south of the island was badly treated by the regional government, “motorways, the public hospital” etc.