Tag Archives: #Politics

Property owners in tourist zones urged to confirm their rights to residential use or risk losing it

This summer the Government of The Canary Islands passed into law their latest legislation surrounding tourist properties and tourism land.  Property owners in tourism areas remember well the chaos that ensued on the south of Gran Canaria a couple of years ago when San Bartolomé de Tirajana, the town hall…

The majority of sewage discharges are not properly authorised or controlled

After a week of debate as whether or not “microalgae” in the waters around Tenerife has been promoted through sewage discharges, it is worth understanding that a 2008 report by the Canary Islands Government Ministry of Environment, after inspections carried out by Civic Engineers Civica Ingenieros S.L., made very clear…

Scientist categorically states “there is a relationship between the outcropping of tropical cyanobacteria colonies and the discharges”

Last week was an interesting week on Tenerife.  It began, as so many crises in tourism do, with sensationalist reports in the British tabloid press, this time claiming beach closures due to harmful “microalgae”.  Some publications even published stories of “flesh eating sea fleas” attacking a swimmer in Australia, alongside the…

Gran Canaria Green Forest Fund to plant 1.5 million trees each year

The Cabildo de Gran Canaria has announced support for the creation of the Green Forest Fund, which will provide €1.5 million for the remainder of this year to plant 500,000 trees and from January they have agreed a further €4.5 million every year to plant around 1,500,000 more, an audacious…

Canary Islands Government claims microalgae blooms in Canarian waters are due to “several natural factors and to climate change”

The Canary Islands Government Ministry of Territorial Policy, Sustainability and Security have released a statement saying that the blooms of Trichodesmium erythraeum cyanobacteria (microalgae), also known as Sea Sawdust, being widely reported, often erroneously, in the British press, are due to a series “natural conditions” that have facilitated “a massive proliferation” of…

Morocco challenges maritime frontiers of The Canary Islands, attempting to control the Western Sahara sea

On 6 July, the Moroccan Government approved a bill and a decree to delimit the maritime frontier of the Canary Islands and to bring under its control the waters off ​​the Western Sahara coast, a determination that a Moroccan government spokesman called “a sovereign decision of political character and with…

The battle for Tauro beach, security guards just watch as bathers enjoy uninterrupted

“If an Anfi watchman can not guarantee the safety of Tauro beach and prevent access, they must hire more. Even if they have to put fifteen,” these were the words of Mogán Councilman Mencey Navarro yesterday as he repeated requests for the beach concessionaire for this cove to report to…

Maspalomas launches innovative project to regulate feral cat colonies in the municipality

This Monday, Local Councilor for Sanitation and Public Health, José Francisco Pérez López, met with cat colony carers in San Bartolomé de Tirajana to begin an official sterilisation and counseling project following the recently approved Control of cat colonies resolution in the southern municipality This meeting informed volunteers, feeders and…

The shifting sands of Tauro Beach – investigation for alleged breach of UN International Law

The controversial new beach at Tauro is now in de facto daily use, more than a year after being fenced off, despite the refusal of Spanish Central Government authorities in Madrid to allow it to open officially while court cases continue to investigate how work was allowed to begin on the…

High Court declares Palmitos Park dolphinarium illegal, built without permits in a protected natural area

The dolphinarium at Gran Canaria’s Palmitos Park theme park, located in the protected Pilancones Natural Park, in the southern municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, is illegal. This was the ruling of the Second Section of the Administrative Litigation Room of the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands…

Air Europa announce that three of their five planned inter-island aircraft will be based in Gran Canaria

Air Europa will allocate five planes to their new inter-island service in the Canaries and three of them will be based in Gran Canaria, according to an announcement by Globalia officials, in a meeting with the president of the Gran Canaria Cabildo, Antonio Morales. The island president, along with Tourism…

Raising awareness about good animal ownership

The City Council Plenary meeting hall of the Las Palmas town hall has this week welcomed a presentation about ‘Responsible Pet Ownership’. The program seeks to sensitise the general population about the responsibilities and rights attached to caring for domestic pets in an attempt to reduce impacts on society generated by animals, through…

Mogán Mayor blames others for lack of access to Taurito after GC-500 rockfall

Mayor of Mogán, Onalia Bueno, has visited the site of the rockfall that injured two people on Tuesday morning 11 July, together with technicians and the general director of Public Works for the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, José Francisco Duque Morán, they assessed the stretch of road at km 44…

Maspalomas officially renames Yumbo square to recognise Diversity and activist Darío Jaén

This week on Wednesday, the International day of PRIDE, the mayor of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, the municipal town hall that administrates Maspalomas & Playa del Inglés, inaugurated the main square of the famous Yumbo Centre officially naming it Plaza de la Diversidad, in honour of the local outstanding activist…

75% resident travel discount between islands is activated this midnight

The official state bulletin has today published, Wednesday 28 June, the Budget Law for 2017, which was advanced yesterday by the vice president of the Canary Islands, Pablo Rodriguez, stating that from this midnight residents will be able to buy airline tickets and boat trips between islands with the discount of…

Gran Canaria backs Siam Park leaving southern town hall no excuses

The president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, last week recommended that Siam Park promoter, Wolfgang Kiessling, request the Territorial Qualification, “spontaneously” asked for by the town hall governing Maspalomas, the main tourist zone in the south, to end the newly arisen “doubt” from within the local council…

Lebensraum strikes back, water park project under fire

Nobody can, for the life of them, figure out what on earth is happening with the promised Siam Park Gran Canaria, that so long overdue water park project planned for the south of the popular sub-tropical holiday island, a project yet to break ground.   Despite repeated announcements of all…

President advises territorial report for El Veril

The Kiessling group continues to wait for the San Bartolomé de Tirajana Town Hall, writes Thaidi Llames for Spanish language daily La Provincia, to grant authorisation to channel the El Veril ravine, where they plan to build a water park similar to Tenerife’s Siam Park. The southern municipality has now…

Gran Canaria government say no more gas

Gran Canaria’s new Insular Management Plan (Plan Insular de Ordenación (PIO)), announced at the end of May, eliminates all regulations aimed at the further implementation of gas as a source of energy for the island opting instead for greater commitment to the development of renewable energies, such as solar, wind,…

Maspalomas ‘Minute of silence’ for #London

The town hall of San Bartolomé de Tirajana stood in mourning over the murderous attack

€294,000 for Tiritaña tunnel lighting

 The Cabildo de Gran Canaria has awarded the tender to install lighting in the Tiritaña tunnel

DISA Renewable energy plan for islands

DISA Renovables’ say the company want a wind farm on each of the islands

False claims alarm Canary Island hoteliers

British tourist scams, encouraged by unscrupulous lawyers, making false claims of food poisoning

#Manchester Minute of Silence in Maspalomas

A large group at the town hall governing Maspalomas and the south of Gran Canaria

Mogán Council close and fine four bars

In Mogán town hall on Tuesday an “extraordinary and urgent” plenary council session