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Foundation Investigated for Alleged Mismanagement of Public Funds Meant for Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors

The 7th Investigative Court of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has opened a preliminary investigation into the Social Response Foundation Siglo XXI and four of its directors. The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in Las Palmas filed a complaint against them, alleging crimes that could include forgery of commercial documents, mismanagement, and embezzlement of public funds. The investigation aims to determine whether this nonprofit organisation, and its officials, could have misused public funds intended for the care of unaccompanied migrant minors, during the migration crisis of 2020 that was precipitated by the pandemic confinement on the islands, leading to a build up of arrivals having to be assessed and cared for by the Canary Islands Regional Government, using hotels left empty due to the lack of tourism. The estimated amount involved in the alleged misuse stands at around €12.5 million between 2020 and 2022 on Gran Canaria alone.


Canary Islands Expect Rain and Potential Storm Weather Next Week

The Canary Islands are preparing for a change in the weather next week, as a significant increase in cloud is expected bringing higher probability of rain. The effects of a powerful storm forming in the Atlantic Ocean are likely to extend to the Canary Islands as well as neighbouring Madeira and The Azores.


The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 2-4 June 2023

June is here and that means that summer is just around the corner. The Patron Saints’ festivities in honour of San Juan de Bautista and San Antonio de Padua are just getting started on Gran Canaria, and in Pueblo de Mogán the main Romería pilgrimage for San Antonio El Chico is this first Saturday of June, as well as the start of the build up to those in Arucas, Santa Brígida and Moya. This weekend also brings the biggest outlet fair shopping experience back to INFECAR and a collectables fair in Gáldar.
OPERATION KILO is this weekend, at all participating supermarkets, asking you to add a few non-perishable food items to the Food Bank collection boxes to help families in need.

Vox Enters Canarian Politics, Stage Right: Anti-Migrant, Anti-Feminist, Anti-Green, Anti-Autonomy, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Multiculturalism, Pro-Franco politics find a foothold on The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands were unable to avoid the rise of the far right on Sunday, unlike in 2019, writes Natalia G. Vargas in Canarias Ahora. Vox, which previously had no representation on the islands, managed to make its presence felt in several municipalities and councils this May 28. They also secured seats in the Canary Islands’ regional parliament, securing four deputies. “Defending what is ours, our own, and fighting against insecurity” were the slogans that underpinned Vox’s campaign in The Canary Islands, along with “family, employment, and freedom.” This rhetoric, coupled with an electoral program that was repeated across all local elections in Spain, proved sufficient. Dozens of cities and towns on the islands welcomed their first far right candidates of the modern democratic era into Canarian politics, with urban areas serving as their main strongholds.

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.


Mogán and the Government of the Canary Islands discuss Pueblo de Mogán bypass and the planned Taurito tunnel

Minister of Public Works, Transportation and Housing for the Canary Islands Government, Sebastián Franquis, held a meeting on Friday with the serving mayor of Mogán, Onalia Bueno at which the mayor of La Aldea de San Nicolás, Tomás Pérez, also participated. The gathering was to discuss a bypass necessary for Pueblo de Mogán as well as possible alternatives in the long running project to the complete the “Insular Ring” and guarantee greater safety in travelling around the entire coastline areas of the island. Included in these discussions were the proposed coastal GC-500 tunnel project that is to reconnect Playa de Mogán with Taurito, closed due to landslides back in the summer of 2017.

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.