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Centre-Right Pact Between Regionalists (CC) And Resident Conservatives (PPAV) Returns Marco Aurelio Perez As Southern Mayor

The conservative Partido Popular-Agrupación de Vecinos (PP-AV) and the right of centre regionalist Coalición Canaria (CC) have this Thursday signed a local government pact that will shape the future of the southern Gran Canaria tourism municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The alliance, dubbed a “Pact for Stability and Socioeconomic Progress of San Bartolomé Tirajana”, represents 60% of the votes cast in the municipality’s recent local elections, emphasised the  mayor-elect, Marco Aurelio Pérez (PP-AV), who returns for the third time to lead the local council responsible for some of the most important tourism areas on the island, including Maspalomas, Playa del Inglés and San Agustín.



Local Government Coalition Agreement Maspalomas and the South of Gran Canaria

A governing coalition pact has been finalised in San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The Popular Party–Agrupación de Vecinos (PP-AV) conservative residents party is to join forces with regionalist centre-right Coalición Canaria (CC) to govern the main tourist municipality on Gran Canaria for the next four years. Marco Aurelio Pérez will serve as mayor for the entire four-year term, and the Popular Party will take charge of Employment, Sports, Roads and Infrastructure, and Human Resources, among other areas. The regionalists, led by Alejandro Marichal, will oversee Urban Planning, Economy and Finance, and Tourism as their main departments.



Storm Óscar Latest: Government of the Canary Islands Declares Rain Alert for Western Islands and Gran Canaria

A storm system, dubbed Óscar, has formed over the last few days over the mid-north Atlantic, unusual for this time of year, and has led to concern from meteorologists and journalists as it passes south of the Azores, its tail should reach The Canary Islands, before the system heads northeast towards mainland Spain.  Advisory warnings have been issued in expectation of heavy rainfall, primarily in the Western Isles of the Canary Islands Archipelago, though some rainfall is also expected to reach Gran Canaria over the next couple of days.  It seems unlikely that any major consequences will stem from the bad weather, however these things can be unpredictable and so every precaution is taken to ensure people are informed and kept safe.



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.




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.

Mogán breaks ground on new recreational park for Puerto Rico

The mayor of Mogán, Onalia Bueno, on Monday, March 26, laid the first stone to mark the start of works to build a new recreational park for Puerto Rico, on the south coast of Gran Canaria. At the event she also buried a time capsule containing coins and local regional newspapers. The works are to begin over coming days and have a deadline of around 7 months with funding of just over €1.2 million from the local municipal coffers.
It was highlighted at the event there there has been a recognised need to build a recreational park in this area for some time due to the urban growth experienced in the zone over recent decades. The town hall estimate “around 2,000 residents, who are concentrated in this area, who may soon enjoy the new space, which will include several recreational areas, a playground, sports areas, as well as becoming the only park for dogs in the municipality it will also include premises to carry out activities and events“
The Puerto Rico recreational park is being constructed on a plot of 10,100 square meters located between the residential area of Motor Grande and the tourist zone of Puerto Rico.
The enclosure will be divided into three spaces that will include a children’s play area, a multipurpose sports area, playgrounds, shaded spaces and rest areas. The park square is to be a meeting point for activities, and will have a  cafeteria and a multi functional classroom, among various other features. In the central part of the enclosure, the existing pump station will stay and a dog park is to be built, becoming the first such facility in the municipality of Mogán.
The park will be fenced and its perimeter will be surrounded by a trail for walking, running and cycling along some outdoor gym equipment meant for public use.

€140,000 investment for improving urban accessibility at the Puerto Rico Shopping Centre

Work has already begun to improve urban accessibility in the surroundings of Puerto Rico mall. The Mayor of Mogán, Onalia Bueno, visited last week with the Councilor for Works, Ernesto Hernández, to announce that the Mogán Townhall is investing €140,000 of municipal funds to replace pavements, resolve obstacles and tackle accessibility problems on pavements, curbs and pedestrian crossings and to resurface the service street “calle Archipiélago Chinijo”.
The works are expected to last about six weeks and will be carried out in phases, to try and ensure that not all accesses to the comercial centre will be affected at the same time so as to try to cause as little harm as possible to local business.
The mayor of Mogán said “this action to improve accessibility was one of the proposals of this government group’s improvements in tourist areas.” Bueno noted that “the renovation has been well received by the business sector in the shopping centre, as the area was quite deteriorated due to a lack of proper maintenance.”
The mayor referred to other actions to improve tourist infrastructure that have been carried out in Puerto Rico “such as the renovation of the staircase next to the Shopping Centre. We want to contribute to, improve and provide quality for tourist infrastructures in the municipality and, especially, in mature tourist destinations such as Puerto Rico “.
Mogán say they will continue working to obtain financing from other administrations to improve tourist infrastructures. The Government of the Canary Islands has already awardedan amount of around €200,000 to reform the Agua La Perra stairways, works that were being demanded by the merchants and users and residents of the apartments in the area. In addition, the Government of the Canary Islands is awaiting tenders for the renovation of three other stairways in tourist areas within the municipality, some of these projects are included firmly in the budgets for 2018, within agreements made with the central Government of Spain.

First phase of the Marañuelas-Anfi walk should be complete at the end of January

The first phase of the work to rejuvenate the Marañuelas-Anfi promenade, linking rguineguín with Anfi del Mar, along a 2.5 kilometer stretch of Mogán’s coastline, is to be completed by the end of January, according to the local town hall. More than 20 years since the “blockade and paralysis” of this long overdue project, its first phase is to finally be completed with the second stage already having secured funding.
The rehabilitation works have completely transformed La Lajilla beach (also known as Costa Alegre), improving the natural pool, creating a solarium, green areas, equipping it with 500 cubic meters of white sand and, in the near future, a refreshments kiosk will also be installed. In addition, the installation of public lighting, irrigation, sanitation, telecommunications, gardening and a promenade protected from the tides are all included in this work.
The canalization of the Costa Alegre ravine that leads to the La Lajilla beach has also been carried out, with the aim that flows coming from rainwater surface runoffs do not reach the beach, as has happened in the past when there were heavy rains, which caused damage in the area.
The Second phase 

After completing the first phase, by mid 2018 the second stage is due to begin, which will consist of the rehabilitation of the 272 meter walk from the natural pool of Costa Alegre to the La Carrera beach. Both the Government of the Canary Islands and the Government of Spain have committed to finance the project with €1.8 million in total.
This will include resurfacing of the promenade, the placement of a breakwater that will protect the walkway from storms, the extension of La Carrera beach with the contribution of sand and the construction of a viewpoint.

The second phase project also includes street furniture along the avenue and a prefabricated toilet module in the beach area. Likewise, it will have different adapted accesses to allow its use by people with reduced mobility.
Inauguration of the walkway adjacent to the GC-500
Another of the works that will be inaugurated in Mogán in early 2018 will be the rehabilitated pedestrian promenade attached to the GC-500 road that connects Arguineguín with Patalavaca.
This more than 700 meter walk is at an approximate height of 25 meters above sea level and enjoys privileged views along the Mogán coastline.