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La Alcaldesa Bueno Secures Incredible Majority in Mogán

Mogán, May 29, 2023 – The often controversial incumbent, O Bueno, La Alcaldesa, has achieved an unprecedented and resounding victory once more in Mogán. The candidate who switched her party’s name, for these elections, to “Juntos por Mogán”, a local ally of the regionalist conservatives “Coalición Canaria” (CC), will once again assume the role of mayor. Her party has clinched a rather noteworthy 17 out of the 21 seats in the Municipal Council of this popular tourism destination located on the sunny southwest of Gran Canaria.

The Canary Guide Día de Canarias #WeekendTips 26-28 May 2023

What an interesting last weekend of May ahead. Weather predictions are showing some rain showers are likely across Gran Canaria. This extended #WeekendTips covers up to Tuesday, when all things Canarian are celebrated on the Día de Canarias. There’ll be some gorgeous Patron Saints’ festivities happening in San Fernando de Maspalomas as well as in Valleseco.

Fun Fact:
Valleseco literally means “dry valley” in Spanish, but is actually one of the wettest municipalities Gran Canaria. Nestling between the famous fresh water sources of Firgas & Teror, half way up the island’s mountainous northern slopes, this area is well known for its apple growers, cider and its weekly market

Six weeks since the unexplained disappearance of Anna-Karin on Gran Canaria

The authorities on Gran Canaria have been engaged in a rigorous search for Swedish tourist Anna-Karin Bengtsson, who went missing in the south of Gran Canaria around April 9. Her unexplained disappearance has caused her family much distress, with no clues to her whereabouts having emerged in the six weeks since they first realised her phone was no longer functioning.

The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 19-21 May 2023


An exciting May weekend ahead with abundant events and festivities taking place all around Gran Canaria. There are Patron Saints’ festivities for Motor Grande, in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, and in El Tablero in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana and up in the mountains of Artenara. There is also a two day lively exhibition event in Meloneras boulevard and the Rally Gran Canaria is held this Friday and Saturday.


New Las Palmas footbridge “Puerto Onda Atlántica” joins La Isleta, Las Canteras and the Puerto de la Luz

Installation of the outstanding new footbridge that will link the Sanapú dock, in the main port area, with the old Mercado del Puerto, La Isleta and Las Canteras beach started at the end of May, with the first pieces that form the artistic Port Atlantic Wave structure having been moved into place. Each of the pieces is 20 meters in length, seven meters in width and weighs 20 tons.
This important new bridge reconnects one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the capital with the modern port, crossing the last section of the primary GC1 motorway in the capital, which had until now somewhat separated the two areas, particularly for pedestrians.

Urban Plan presented for new hotel capacity on the south of Gran Canaria

San Bartolomé de Tirajana is set to grow its tourism capacity over the coming years with a newly presented plan outlining the urban development of lands located on the touristed south of Gran Canaria at Tarajalillo, Meloneras and Santa Águeda.

The new General Supplementary Plan, drafted by Gesplan technicians, for the Ministry of Territorial Policy, has been presented before the entire local authorities specifically highlighting these areas in which to increase the amount of accommodation spaces available.
Tarajalillo, along the south east coastal entry point to San Agustín and Playa del Inglés, is where the aristocratic Del Castillo family have been planning for years to build a new tourism complex, dubbed the Costa Afortunada, made up of villas, up to five luxury hotels, and a nine-hole golf course. This land now exceeds the requirements of the land law brought in at the end of 2017, which established that plots which have not had planning applications filed as of September 1 of this year are to remain classified as rustic. For this reason, the promoters asked the San Bartolomé Town Council to reclassify the land as an undesignated development, in order to save the nearly 2.4 million square meters that they own between the old national highway (GC500) and the current one (GC1) from becoming restricted to developers. A primary entry point to this municipality, once past the El Berriel Aeroclub, it has been clear for a long time that this could be a major profit centre of the future.
The whole piece of land that extends from Bahía Feliz to Playa del Águila was named as Tarajalillo-Lilolandia in the 1996 General Urban Plan, but the promoters did not present a development project to the Town Council  requesting a license and have requested more beds than the 4,600 in the Partial Plan PTP9 be included by the Gran Canaria Cabildo.
However,  promoters have not done the same to save other plots they have in Lomo Gordo, behind Aqualand, where they had intended to make an archaeological museum and a park, and neither has the Lopesan group with another plot in El Hornillo, between the GC500 and GC1 near Meloneras, where they had planned to make a theme park.
In Meloneras, Lopesan plan to build two new hotels, one in an area named zone 2A, which is where they built their first hotels in this main tourist area of ​​San Bartolomé de Tirajana; and another next to the golf course, stretching along the coast. Like developers Santana Cazorla and the Del Castillo family, Lopesan also has other plots in another part of Meloneras, known as 2B, where new hotels can be accommodated.
Another primary area reserved for tourism industry growth is Santa Águeda, near El Pajar, where the Del Castillo and Lopesan families both have important parcels of land to build new accommodation in the future, currently occupied by banana fields and a cement works. La Cometa, near Pasito Blanco, is where the German businessman Gerlach plans to make two new hotels.
The newly presented General Supplementary Plan document deals with 8,180 observations and objections from the nearly 11,000 that were registered during the public consultation process, in the wake of fears over owner rights to live in or exploit apartments built in tourist complexes, and these mainly focus on the residential use of apartments, as well as addressing the demand for land for a suggested future new population growth of the municipality up to about 90,000, from the current 54,000 official residents.
In addition to the regularisation of these potential developments, the nuclei of Fataga , Ayacata, La Plata and Cercados de Araña have been left out of the drafting of the document because they are within Protected Natural Spaces. It has been foreseen that detailed planning framed in the legislation around natural spaces may cause a legal conflict in the interpretation of guidelines, so as not to hinder implementation of the plan they have taken out proposals connected to such areas..
The plan recognises and includes houses that are within the 200 meters surrounding consolidated urban areas, and that as such incorporates the core of La Hoya de Tunte, up near the picturesque municipal capital (San Bartolomé de Tirajana) Tunte, and also maintains the 21 rural settlements originally contemplated in the 1996 General Plan still in force, although new rural settlements like La Sabina and the two Lomos de Cuatro Matas in El Salobre are included with extra definitions that attempt to deal with some of the complexities involved with a spread out population where a lot of unplanned building works have already occurred on lands that were originally classified as rustic, allowing at least some of those properties to become regularised, though technicians have confirmed that the problems encountered in places like El Salobre are likely to be long lasting.
The mayor of San Bartolomé de Tirajana , Marco Aurelio Perez said that the intention of the municipal government is to articulate a calendar to explain the General Plan to social and neighborhood groups, starting this coming January.

Work begins on the new shopping centre in Puerto Rico after town hall approves license

The Local Government Board of Mogán granted the urban development license on Tuesday 10 April, to the “Comunidad de Bienes Mogán Mall” for the construction of the long awaited new shopping centre in Puerto Rico. The council will receive more than 1 million euros, to assist the Costa de Mogán Modernization, Improvement and Increase of Competitiveness Plan.
The new shopping centre is to be built on the plot where the long defunct and abandoned Atlántida water park was located, on Avenida Tomás Roca Bosch, 9.  Clearance work has already begun at the site.
The new commercial centre in Puerto Rico will bring an investment of €35 million to the southern municipality of Mogán, along with further transformation and additional leisure facilities to the popular tourist town of Puerto Rico. New businesses and numerous jobs are planned, resulting in just over an expected 1 million additional euros in capital gains for the municipal coffers.
“With this new work, the rehabilitation of the current Shopping Centre and the renovation of accommodation facilities, Puerto Rico is to be transformed in a brief time and be renewed as the mature destination that it is”, stated the Mayor of Mogán in a statement.
In addition to the granting of the urban development license, the Local Government Board of Mogán approved the calculation of the capital gains, for the amount of €1,006,833.98, which the town hall will receive as a result of the project, along with the provisional liquidation of the Building, Installation and Works Tax (ICIO) for €364,000.
The municipal license specifies that the works begin within a maximum period of two years and must be completed within a maximum period of 4 years, counted from the initiation of the agreement.
Today porta cabins, JCBs and workmen in hard hats and hi viz were on site to prepare the ground.