The joint Cabildo/Council commission with representatives from the department of the environment have told the company charged with care and control and visitor management of the Barranco del Infierno that they may proceed with the reopening of this popular walk once work on cleaning, drainage and path clearance has taken place.
Both sides were in agreement at the need to maintain the strict security measures in place and extend them if necessary, a normal precaution in zones such as these. This will include an obligatory review of the paths following any weather alerts, unexpected weather changes, or other circumstances that could alter the condition of the paths and the rock-faces along this natural reserve.
The decision to reopen was taken following a full review of the value of the zone, the huge demand from visitors to visit the Barranco all year round, and given the fact that even though the Barranco was not open to the public in recent months many people have been walking there with parallel risks as there has been no proper controls in place during the closure.
The Cabildo and Council have therefore said the company may reopen under the strict conditions laid down, including full control of the numbers in the area at any given time with visitors, under the direction of trained guides, made fully aware of restrictions and security measures required to minimise any risk.
The company are expected to announce the actual date of reopening soon, possibly as early as February 15th.
The Adeje council recently adopted a number of measures based on changes in “the socio-economic demand of tourist and resident mobility within which the taxi plays an important part” and will introduce over 20 new licences between now and 2018, with 11 of them to be allocated this year. This will bring the number of legally licenced cabs in Adeje to 178.
The transport councillor, Andrés Pérez Ramos explained that the council took the decision based on the results of a study of the needs of residents and visitors within transport sector.
He said, “From the start the taxi sector has been an important part of the improvement proposals in the borough. We are working with the Adeje taxi cooperative in the modification and drawing up of the new orders which will regulate the sector with the primary aim of improving the service to the public”. He added that one of the indicators from the taxi sector that they were also investing in improving the service was their training courses for workers in the fleet.
Members of the Adeje cooperative were present during the most recent meeting of the council when the new licences were approved.
The Adeje mayor this morning announced a series of departmental changes which will be the format the the new council will take over the next four years, with some changes too in councillor allocations.
Under the main department of the president of the council sees Carmen Rosa Gonzalez Cabrera work with José María Alvarez Acosta in Urban Development and Esther Rivero Vargas continues in Environment where she has done a terrific job so far.
Manual Luis Méndez Martin takes over at the department of Development and Job Creation, Sustainability and Training while Ermitas Moreira García moves to Tourism, Innovation and Accessibility with Andrés Pérez Ramos in charge of Beaches, Transport, Traffic and Road Safety. Epifanio Diaz Hernández, who has overseen the excellent budgetary management of the council in recent years, takes on a re-designed department of Good Government, Security and Taxes.
Amada Trujillo Bencomo, who headed Social Welfare, moves to head a new project department for the next four years, Health Protection and Quality of Life, with Carmen Lucia Rodriguez del Toro working alongside her looking after Disability and Equality policies. Adolfo Alonso Ferrera’s department is now Creative Development, Sports and Information, with Desiderio Afonso Ruiz staying in charge of Libraries and Artistic/Historic Heritage, and Zebenzui Chinea Linares in charge of Youth and Fiestas.
Finally, Social Welfare and Attention to Diversity will be led by Isabel Fernández González with Cristina Fuente Carballo taking over Attention for Senior Citizens.
Announcing the new areas the mayor, Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga commented that the backbone of the borough continues to be tourism and all areas will see some of their work dedicated to constantly ensuring the tourism offer is the best possible one. He also made particular reference to the pact at regional level between the PSOE socialists and the Canarian Coalition party, with health and social services falling under the PSOE umbrella, and in particular the promise to complete the South Hospital and concentrate in improving health services in general. “For socialists the commitment to health and education is fundamental”, he added.
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.