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Mogán town council assumes direct management of services on Playa de Mogán

The Mogán Local Council on Friday installed new sun beds and umbrellas on Playa de Mogán, beginning direct management of seasonal services of this popular beach, along with the other six beaches for which it now holds corresponding authorisations: Las Marañuelas, Costa Alegre, Taurito, El Cura, Aquamarina and Patalavaca. Since last summer they have also been in control of direct exploitation of  Puerto Rico and El Perchel beaches.  The majority of these coastal tourism enclaves were managed by private companies who held the concessions, some of which had been in place for decades. 

The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 27-29 January 2023

Tenteniguada Almond Blossom Festival
It’s the last weekend of January and exactly two weeks to go until the 2023 Carnival season starts on Gran Canaria. This weekend will most probably be enjoyed with a drop of wet weather, Sunday being forecast as the rainiest. The southern tourist enclaves look to also see a bit of cloud cover and even a small chance of seeing a few drops of rain. However you look at it, it may be handy to have umbrellas and raincoats around during the days to come. There is even the possibility of some snow on the mountains as we head into next week.

More than half of all Canary Islands properties sold last year were bought by foreigners, more than half of those non-residents

While we still await final figures for the last quarter of 2022, the latest official data from The Canary Islands has shown foreigners are buying more homes in the Canary Islands than ever before. The number of real estate acquisitions by non-residents in the Canary Islands has risen 52% compared to the same period in 2021, and is already 16% higher than the highest ever record set in 2017.


The Canary Guide: Maspalomas Market has moved to Parque Europeo while the new facilities are being built

At the start of October the popular Maspalomas Market moved to the Parque Europeo, in the heart of Playa del Inglés. The Town Council provisionally moved the Wednesday and Saturday market due to works due to start on the new municipal market renovation
The Councillor for Markets of San Bartolomé de Tirajana town hall, María Ángeles Rodríguez Vega, held a meeting with representatives of the market stallholders, in which the details were agreed to proceed with the change of location (just next to the “Irish centre”, Aguila Roja) the provisional transfer has gone well, with many tourists now finding the market more easily.

San Bartolomé de Tirajana will completely renew sunbeds and umbrellas on its beaches

The Maspalomas-Gran Canaria Tourism Rehabilitation Consortium has put out to tender, to a value of €600,000, divided into two lots, for the supply of sun-beds (hammocks) and umbrellas for the beaches of Maspalomas Costa Canaria, Spain and The Canary Islands’ top tourism destination. The simple sun-beds, spare parts and double-covered Balinese hammocks, are budgeted at €263,500, and the circular parasols, various spare parts and windbreaks for €297,246.

Maspalomas Soul Festival closes its successful sixth edition in Boogie Woogie style, ‘cus the music certainly moved them

The sixth edition of the Maspalomas Costa Canaria Soul Festival closed this year having exceeded all initial expectations, both in terms of public attendance during the three days of programming, and artistic performances that have already written a new chapter in the history of this annual musical San Agustín Beach encounter on the famous Maspalomas Costa Canaria. In spite of a two-year hiatus, the festival was an outright success over the three day weekend on the south coast of sub-tropical Gran Canaria.

Maspalomas got Soul, if it didn’t they wouldn’t be here – Maspalomas Costa Canaria Soul Festival 2022 – Exclusive images

The south of Gran Canaria was treated to an extraordinary show, on Friday night, by a line up of world class musicians, with the happiest faces, occasionally casting furtive sidelong glances towards the rolling waves of the incoming tide on San Agustín Beach, as they performed for the more than 5,000-strong crowd who’d come to join them for the Maspalomas Costa Canaria Soul Festival 2022.

Gran Canaria’s southern tourism heartland announces the removal of temporary “express” terraces

The southern Town Council of San Bartolomé de Tirajana has notified catering establishments who are using temporary terraces, put in place during the pandemic restrictions, on public roads, to proceed with their removal. To do this, they will have until Monday, May 2, 2022. This measure is taken based on the Government of the Canary Islands having established the end of restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The extension and installation of terraces on public roads was one of the main measures taken to help the restaurant and hotel industry, where pavements and parking areas were allowed to be occupied, but the Government of the Canary Islands decided to eliminate all restrictions associated with the pandemic, the exceptional situation has ceased to have an effect. This now implies that those businesses that obtained a provisional authorisation for the use of terraces on public roads must begin remove them.
The town hall consistory will communicate with all companies interested in maintaining their terraces, and normalising them under local ordinances, assisting them where appropriate, to be able to carry out the corresponding procedures through the Town Planning Department, so that their proposals can be assessed and approved by the municipal technical services.
With this intention, the Town Council of San Bartolomé de Tirajana wants to continue supporting a fundamental sector for the economy of the municipality and on which a large number of jobs depend.

Editor’s Comment:
One of the many good things to come out of the pandemic was a return en masse to open air dining in many town centres on Gran Canaria and across the islands. 
Eating outside is one of the consistent joys of a climate such as ours, and it is with some hope of the community spirit it inspires that we support town halls in easing access to such arrangements for the many local businesses who will clearly benefit from being able to reclaim the streets, from just being simple thoroughfares designed around traffic to being real community hubs. 
We’re all for it, as George Michael so famously sang, Let’s go outside!
#EatingOut #AlFresco #LetsGoOutside #Maspalomas #GranCanaria


Maspalomas town hall transfers land to the Ministry of Health to expand the San Fernando Health Centre

The Municipal Council of San Bartolomé de Tirajana has announced the transfer of a plot of land to the Government of the Canary Islands for the expansion of the San Fernando de Maspalomas Health Centre. The plot is attached to that of the current health centre. Mayor, Conchi Narváez, highlighted the need to strengthen the municipality’s primary care network, “above all because we are aware of the population increase in the municipality over recent years, the trajectory of the age curve of our residents and population growth.”

Narváez also reviewed the Covid-19 crisis, “a circumstance that has multiplied the demand for health care by all segments of the population, from paediatrics, to adults and the elderly. I am convinced that we will obtain, as ever, a positive response from the Ministry”.
The Consistory addressed the Autonomous Ministry of Health, through an official letter, in which argued for the new health centre, which currently occupies an area of ​​7,244 m², a “space that is estimated to be insufficient for the projections for the population demand of residents, workers and visitors, to which are added the population’s aging parameters in the municipality”, explained Councilor for Health, Clara Martel.
Precisely, within the framework of collaboration between institutions, the municipal corporation makes the necessary area available to the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, “by mutual agreement, and with the transfer of the relevant municipally owned land, in order to proceed to the expansion of the health facilities of the current health centre of San Fernando de Maspalomas”.
The proposed plot, located in Campo Internacional, is classified as urban land by the current General Plan for Urban Planning (PGOU 96) and the use proposed for it is that of Welfare Sanitary, a use compatible with the PGOU’96 regulations.


Maspalomas beach beds and umbrellas to return from February 7

On the south of Gran Canaria the San Bartolomé de Tirajana Town Council, this Monday, through Samuel Henríquez Quintana’s Department of Cleaning and Attention to Coastal Maintenance, requested that sun beds and umbrellas services in Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas be restarted once more, having been suspended since March 14, 2020 as a result of the global COViD-19 pandemic.

The town councillor informed the company responsible that they are required to restart activities as soon as possible, with the sole objective of continuing with the services that should be available to the general public. Henríquez Quintana emphasised “the importance for our municipality and our inhabitants that the service is reestablished, we have been working hard with the aim of restarting it with legal and stable guarantees, without losing the commitment so that it continues to be good for the municipal coffers”.
For her part, Mayor “Conchi” Narváez, said that “this is a very important service for our beaches, for our tourists, who are the primary users of umbrellas and sun beds.” In addition, Narváez wanted to emphasise “the importance of removing the 41 workers from ERTE, who had been working in the service”

The councillor said that currently there are 1,500 sun beds and 750 umbrellas in good condition, able to provide optimal service, figures that will increase as demand also grows.
It is reported that a Telde company is being paid €90,000 for the recycling and deep cleaning of the beach furniture,
There have been a number of difficulties regarding the company tasked with the job as they have been working without a proper contract since 2013, meaning there has been a process of regularisation to be gone through while this government group tries to square the circle of contractors under previous administrations.

The town hall have also announced this Tuesday that the San Fernando Agricultural Market with resume once again, next Sunday February 6


San Bartolomé de Tirajana will pay outstanding irregular invoices worth 10.6 million euros

Two budgetary modifications, worth €10.6 million were taken to the San Bartolomé de Tirajana Ordinary Plenary session last Friday, May 22 in order to deal with the huge backlog in payment to suppliers that have been pending since at least 2017. This last block of payments puts an end to the large debt inherited by the current quadripartite government group, who have made a total of payments over these last two years worth €28 million, to suppliers who had been chasing money for several years, and now leaving the accounts with third party suppliers up to date.

The budget modification has been made covered by the municipal surplus, and settles the pending invoices from 2017 to December 31, 2020.

Mayor of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Conchi Narváez has stated that “the previous government group left a poisoned letter here, presuming to have a lot of money in the bank but the reality is that they left many debts with suppliers, unpaid penalties and compensation, services with expired contracts and tenders for unrealised services. It is not being easy to bring the administration up to date but we are succeeding. We have spent 2 years of hard work to get the municipality ready, I am sure that from now on we will gain agility and give citizens the services they deserve “

The press release also said that most of these expenses are due to basic services that did not have their contracts renewed in the previous term and so they have been providing services in an irregular manner, such as cleaning, beach lifeguards, general expenses without any formal tendering. An important part of the expenditure was for the department of festivities and events, corresponding to the previous mandate, since they proceeded to carry out a large part of their activity by hiring irregularly .

The current administrators in the municipality came in power and 2019 and found more than a thousand pending payment invoices, with irregular procedures dating all the way back to 2011.



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