Strategy Plan for Sustainable Investment in Adeje

“Our aim is to see the zone as a pioneer in sustainability”

The Adeje council, via the department of municipal works under Councillor Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, says work on the Calles Uruguay and Paraguay should be completed during the first quarter of 2018.

“Under the Strategy Plan for Sustainable Investment, financed 100% by the council, we are upgrading Costa Adeje to meet the demands of residents and tourists. These works, as well as those that are on-going on Calles Panamá and Venezuela, will be part of our overall aim which is to see the zone as pioneer in the areas of sustainability in connectivity and accessibility,” said Councillor Carmen Rosa.

The works will cost in the region of half a million euros and will see new pavements along the streets, the removal of any barriers for wheelchair users with other changes to make mobility easier along the streets in question.

Street lighting is to be improved with use of energy efficient bulbs and new ecologically improved rubbish islands and underground containers in adjacent zones. There will also be new drainage installed, street seating and better signage along the relevant streets.

 

 

 

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Brits living in Adeje will continue to be ‘Adejeros’

 

Mr Tim Hemmings, deputy head of Mission to the British Embassy, Madrid, in Adeje visit

To a packed meeting of British nationals resident in Adeje and other parts of South Tenerife, the deputy head of mission at the British Embassy, Mr Tim Hemmings was able to reassure those present that they were not about to be “kicked out of Spain”, and that, in line with recent and on-going conversations he and his team were having with government representatives both in the UK and Spain, the rights of British residents in Spain (and other parts of the EU) continued to be one of the top priorities in the Brexit negotiations.

Mr Hemmings was in Adeje with Charmaine Arbouin, the Consul for Southern Spain and the Canary Islands and Helen Keating, vice-consul in Tenerife. Prior to the public meeting the delegation were officially welcomed to the borough by the Adeje councillor for the presidency and deputy mayor Carmen Rosa González Cabrera.

The Adeje councillor said, “Adeje is a borough where over 120 different nationalities live together, side by side, in harmony and with no problems”, and saw no reason why that would not continue to be the case. She also stressed the importance of being on the ‘padrón’, the resident’s register, “and making sure you renew your existence on the padrón when you are required to”.

Over 80 British nationals, resident here in South Tenerife, attended the public part of Mr Hemming’s visit, where he spoke to assure people that the rights of British people who had chosen to live abroad was genuinely the UK government’s Nº1 priority. He outlined the current negotiations in as far as was relevant, stressing how many areas of agreement there were now between the British Government and the EU team, before opening up the floor to questions. People were concerned about a range of issues, from taxations rights to pensions, passports and the possibility of dual nationality (currently not possible), and the likelihood of needing visas to travel to and from Spain in the future, and Mr Hemmings and the other members of the delegation dealt effectively with all the questions asked.

Following the meeting those who had attended said they certainly felt their principal questions had been answered and were grateful for the chance to meet with the Embassy representative. For his part Mr Hemmings stressed the importance of keeping the consul and the Embassy up to date on the public’s concerns about the negotiations as, given the large number of Britons living in Spain, the UK government do pay particular attention to the views coming from this country.

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The Indian government to donate Gandhi statue to Adeje

 


 

 

 

 

The Indian Ambassador to Spain, Venkatesh Varma, met with Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, and visited the Peace Park where the statue will be located.
The Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, hosted a visit from the Indian Ambassador to Spain, Venkatesh Varma, in the Town Hall. Also present were a number of local representatives of the large Hindu community who live in Adeje and other parts of south Tenerife.
Ambassador Varma, who made particular reference to the work Adeje has and continues to do to assist the integration of the Hindu community and all those who come to live here, announced that the Indian government would be donating a sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi to the borough. “For us it is an immense honour that one of our most important icons, a man who was a standard bearer for human values and the fight for peace, will have a place in Adeje”, said the Ambassador, adding that all that was left was to confirm technical details for the transport of the statue to the island.

Rodríguez Fraga invited the Ambassador to visit the site where the Peace Park is to be located, in El Madroñal, and where the statue will stand. For the mayor, it was “a great honour to host this visit of the Ambassador”, adding that the local Hindu community were marked by their levels of participation and integration in all of the social and cultural life of the borough, “and they have helped us promote our objective of creating a town where social harmony, peace and co-existence are the pillars of our identity”. Adeje is home to over 700 people of Indian birth, with over 3,000 Indians living in South Tenerife, and, said the mayor, “they take part in activities to do with their own culture as well as becoming a part of our local culture”.


The Ambassador signed the official visitors’ book and also expressed his sadness at the attacks in Catalonia during the week, also signing the book of condolences outside the Town Hall. He said he was speaking on behalf of the Indian government in passing on those condolences.

Present at the official reception were members of different Hindu associations, Adeje councillors for the presidency, institutional relations, and patrimony, Carmen Rosa González, Zebenzui Chinea and Desiderio Afonso. During the welcome the mayor and the Ambassador exchanged gifts and afterwards visited emblematic parts of the town.


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Better service, cleaner town


This morning the company engaged by the Adeje council to collect organic and recycled waste, UTE Ascan Torrabonaf presented new additions to their waste collection fleet as well as details of the improvements in the service scheduled for the rest of the year.

There are 16 new lorries, 4 road sweeping vehicles and two water pressure lorries newly incorporated into the fleet. The service will also introduce new recycling collection collectors (with a new energy efficient and time saving system, reducing the turn- around to 3 minutes down from 10). These ‘Dule-System’ machines allow the trained operator to work from the cabin of the vehicle in a much more efficient manner and can collect from both sides of the streets. The collection vehicles work at a much lower noise level too, said the councillor responsible for municipal services, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera.

Up to 500 new larger waste containers are also being installed throughout the borough. 350 of these will be for separated waste (paper, glass and plastics), 150 for organic waste and 45 of them will be underground containers, pedal operated and with an automatic shutter to reduce atmospheric smells, the latter primarily in tourist zones. 400 of the existing containers in the municipal rubbish zones will be replaced or repaired.

In residential areas the company will increase the number of selective recycling islands to 100, and all of these containers can be found via geo-localisation, using the Adeje council app. In this way residents can find where their nearest recycling point is. The mayor also pointed to the excellent adaption of residents to recycling habits, adding that the need to increase the number of collections points was to meet the demands of the public.

Adeje, according to figures referred to by the borough’s Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, has an excellent recycling record and is one of the top three towns in the Canaries in this regard. But there is always room for improvement. “We have to remember that we don’t just live in our home, we live in the plaza, in the street” he said, referring to the need to maintain good habits outside as well as inside the home.

Francisco Valiño, of UTE Ascan Torrabonaf, said that people often forget about the work needed to manage rubbish collections effectively. “It’s an invisible service for residents. The rubbish is put out at night and gone in the morning”, he said. He also referred to the success of the borough’s recycling system, adding there were was little vandalism of the different coloured containers – “most of those we placed in 2008 are still in place, still usable”.

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Investment in Costa Adeje could top €260 million

Adeje’s municipal tourism council met today in the Hard Rock Hotel with mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, and Adeje councillors for tourism and the presidency, Ermitas Moreira García and Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, as well as a healthy turnout from representatives of the tourism sector in Costa Adeje, Ashotel (the provincial hoteliers association), CIT, the centre for tourism initiatives, CEST, the South Tenerife business circle, and other areas working in the sector.

The meeting agenda included a presentation of the different projects currently under way in the zone, and those on the point of beginning work on moves to improve tourism, including plans from the International Tourism Forum and the Atlantic Tourism Laboratory. The meeting also discussed sustainable development plans and the recently obtained Biosphere Tourism Destination certificate granted to Costa Adeje.

During the meeting the delegates proposed a number of plans for debate at insular and regional level regarding connectivity and mobility and the vulnerabilities of the borough. This included a need for discussion on the construction of a second runway and terminal at Reína Sofía Airport in South Tenerife and daily congestion problems along the TF-1 motorway.

The Adeje mayor alongside Ashotel’s Victoria López and the head of the University of La Laguna’s department of economics Francisco Calero, held a press conference where they outlined the priorities for the council. Rodríguez Fraga stressed the importance of plans to improve and upgrade tourism infrastructures in Costa Adeje. He said that in the coming years the amount available for investment in the area could reach €135 million and monies had already been sought from PITCAN, the Canarian Tourism Investment Plan. “We are seeking to insure that public investment matches private funding in the areas of renovation and improvements in tourist spaces, the areas that are the economic bread and butter of the region”, he said. He pointed to the positive effects already felt as a result of modernisation projects adding that it was important that public administrations didn’t get left behind. “We have to renovate and create new environments, modern and attractive, for our visitors”. He confirmed that there was already promises of over €130 million from private investors, so with public funding to match that, overall spending could top €260 million in the region.
The mayor made reference to a number of projects already underway in strategic areas of Costa Adeje, including Calle Roma, Calle París, Calle Uruguay and Calle Paraguay, the maritime walkway in Playa Paraíso and the open area in Salytien. “In 2017 we have already seen spending of €15million, almost all of that council funded”, he said, adding that this meant generating spaces for tourists and residents, those who live here, who sustain our economy.

The Adeje municipal tourism council was established in 1988 and has operated through a number of different tourism development phases. Its primary aim is to recognise and work on the premise that the position of Costa Adeje as a leader in the tourism sector is the responsibility of everyone involved and to work and speak on behalf of the borough in seeking private and public support channelled through participative bodies. During the week the body also explained the incorporation of Adeje into the Canarian Tourism Borough Association and the creation of LAT, the Atlantic Tourism Laboratory, whose objective is development and training in the sector, sharing tourism information and knowledge with all relevant agents in the tourism process. This includes ideas exchange among those involved, and making sure that the lives of those who live here are generally improved.
The council also discussed international issues that affect the industry, looking, for instance, at how some competitor destinations are in a process of recovery, and the economic effects Brexit may have on the market sector given the huge importance of British holiday makers.

Members of the council 2017-2019:

President: José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga (Adeje mayor).
Elected representatives: Rafael Dolado (CIT Sur), Victoria López (Ashotel), Javier Muñoz and Iván Brion (Hoteliers), José Barreiro and Roberto Konrad (Extrahoteliers), Pablo Pastor (Hostelry and restoration, Javier Cabrera (Leisure), Anup Aswani and Jordi Esplugas (Commerce), Roberto Ucelay (CEST), José Gregorio Rivero (Transport), Jil Massow, Carmen Batista, Carlos Jiménez and Alfredo Martínez (Tour operators), Bárbara Waldhorf (Travel agencies).
Proposed spokespersons: Eric Viana, Javier Zamorano, Jimy Gómez, Juan Vallecillos, Jacobo Kalitovics, Santiago Yus, César Álvarez, Lucía Mendoza, José Antonio Mesa, Eduardo Parra, Carlos Ludeña.
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Armeñime housing reforms complete

 

Earlier this week the Adeje mayor, with other local and insular authorities, visited Armeñime where work on the renovation of 76 apartments has been completed. The apartments are social housing and were built in the 1970s. The renovation work cost in the region of one million euros with costs divided between the Adeje council, the Cabildo and the regional and national governments.

Joining the mayor to see the finished work were Adeje councillor for municipal works, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, Cabildo vice –president and housing councillor Aurelio Abreu and Marta Arocha Correa, the Cabildo councillor for municipal works.

The 76 homes are in 10 blocks in the Las Rosas – Armeñime zone and parts of the buildings were in a poor state before the work began. The labour was carried out by the EMSA company (Adeje Services) and also saw the addition of a new health park for the use of the residents.

According to the mayor, “these improvements were necessary given the age of the buildings, we have carried out reformations in line with today’s regulations and to ensure the wellbeing of the residents. We have also been able to improve the surrounding area with new urban furniture adapted to suit the residents, as well as better levels of accessibility”.

Aurelio Abreú said that the reforms would also improve residents’ security and comfort, given that new waterproofing for the blocks was included. “This is an important contribution from public bodies to guarantee the wellbeing of our residents” he added, and Marta Arocha Correa agreed that the reformations would add to the dignity of life of residents.

The 10 blocks were painted, windows and doors were replaced where necessary, and overall the visual and security aspects of the buildings were upgraded. In parallel there were new electrical central points and metres installed in line with current regulations. The roofs now also have solar panels. Access ramps have also been installed, of particular importance given that many of the residents are elderly.

Beside the blocks a park with exercise machines has been built as well as a children’s playground and benches and outdoor seating.


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Social plan benefits borough and workers

 

Carmen Rosa González Cabrera and Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, councillors for work and municipal services and for economic development and employment policies respectively, visited the various borough zones were 57 people are working on social employment contracts to improve and maintain different public spaces in Adeje.

Both councillors congratulated the “professional competence of those directing these minor works, which will improve and maintain many of the borough’s public zones, colleges, etc. The teams are working well and the results are already appreciated by residents in the relevant neighbourhoods, who have also praised the attitude of those working under this scheme”.

During the visit to Las Rosas the councillors saw the team working to improve existing pavements and the integration of new paving along some stretches of road that haven’t been paved for pedestrian use. A green zone has also been reconditioned for the leisure use of residents and a number of barriers to those with mobility difficulties have been removed. Soon a number of streets will be re-laid and zones painted.

In Callao Salvaje and Playa Paraíso the work has been concentrated on finishing the work on a pétanque/boules pitch, the installation of a new drainage system in one of the green zones and maintenance work and painting of public areas.

The funding for the projects is split between the Canarian Employment Service and the Adeje council.

Adeje improves recycling

The Adeje council recently took part in a series of working days under the ‘Urban Waste’ umbrella, a European project with the objective of reducing the creation of waste and improvement of waste treatment at local level. In this regard Adeje is a pioneer in the Canaries.

“Today we mark Wold Environment Day under the slogan ‘I’m with nature’, and we want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of Adeje residents in improving rates of recycling in recent years. With the increased number of tourists that are coming here, generating more rubbish, Adeje has actually upped levels of waste separation and recycling thanks to the efforts of residents” commented the councillor with responsibility Carmen Rosa González Cabrera.

During the Adeje contribution to the day’s workshops participants learnt about the measures undertaken at municipal level to encourage the three ‘Rs’ reduction, reuse, recycling as well as how hotels are adopting ecological practises too. The geo-location of the borough’s ‘ecological islands’ (recycling points with the blue, green and yellow containers for different kinds of waste) has also helped as they can be found easily with the Adeje council App with users able to locate the collection point nearest to them.

Other measures recently introduced to improve the environment include the waste collection company’s new reduced-noise vehicles. UTE Ascan Torrabonaf have a fleet of 60 trucks, vans, rubbish collection lorries, etc.
Adeje in numbers
The volume of material deposited in the ecological points rose and in 2016, 636 tonnes of plastic, 2,998 tonnes of glass 1,663 tonnes of paper/cardboard were collected And while overall more rubbish was generated this year to date compared to the same time frame last year, recycling rates also increased.. In Adeje there are 225 ecological islands – so almost 700 containers – as well as the containers for organic waste.

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​Jobs for those at risk of social exclusion

The Adeje council, as part of a 2017 social project, has contracted 57 persons who have been unemployed and considered at risk of social exclusion. The initiative is a cross-departmental effort with representation from the departments of local economic development, social welfare and the presidency (under councillors Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, Isabel Fernández González and Carmen Rosa González Cabrera respectively).

Those who will contracted will be working on a series of actions in in upgrading and maintaining zones in the borough, including minor street works, upgrades in schools and along the coastal zones. Of the 57 people who will be working, 43 are labourers, 11 have primary skills, 1 is a works manager and 2 will work in administration.

According to Manuel Luis Méndez Martín the project is made possible by the council’s participation in the 2016-2018 biannual social employment programme with co-financing from the regional employment service. Isabel Fernández González emphasised the importance of recognising those who were unemployed and at risk of exclusion, “in a precarious situation economically” and the importance of the work of her team in identifying those to be contracted.

Carmen Rosa González Cabrera added that the project also meant the improvement of different zones of the borough as well as having a positive environmental impact on the zone and local population.

The individuals who have been awarded these contracts will work for a six-month period and were selected through the open employment channels run by the council for those registered as unemployed, so as to ensure that all those Adeje residents registered as looking for work have the chance to find employment. A variety of factors, such as family size and income, were taking into account.

The project will cost just under €500,000 with the costs met by the Adeje council and the regional employment service.