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A step closer to the new hospital
Work on the long awaited hospital for the South of the island has finally begun!
IASS Health Service chief Juan Jose Martinez commented that the workmen have been preparing the site for construction, adding that the heavy earth moving machinery will be arriving soon to level off the plot for the foundations to be laid.
Martinez highlighted that the news was certainly an optimistic start to 2006 since the medical and social centre, which is to be constructed alongside the existing Mojon outpatients centre, near Chayofa in the borough of Arona, is one of the most important projects ever carried out in the South of the island.
As well as providing 150 continuous care beds, 60 longer length care beds, a residence for 100 senior citizens and a day centre for 30 patients, the building will house numerous consulting rooms for various different specialists, a physiotherapy unit, operating theatres and will act as the accident and emergency centre for the South of the island.It is hoped that the 37,000,000 euro project will be completed in twenty nine months time.

 

 

Not very much room at the Inn
80% occupation is predicted for the hotel and apartment accommodation in the South of the island over the Christmas period.
This year’s Christmas fortnight is expected to be a great success, which will be greatly welcomed by Tourism and Hospitality industries reliant on visitors to the Island.
According to Arona Town Hall’s tourist department the borough is expecting 78% occupation for Christmas and a full house for New Year. In addition Tour Operators are predicting a healthier winter season this year basing predictions on impressions taken at the International Tourism Fayre WTM held in London during November. 
The borough of Adeje, which is expecting similar occupation figures, will be participating in the FITUR tourism event in January and the ITB in Berlin during March under the trade mark of Costa Adeje to ensure a successful winter season this year as well as promote the borough for next summer.
In the case of Santiago del Teide the hoteliers are expecting 100% occupation. Local authorities are hoping to reap the benefits of extensive promotional activity in the UK, Germany and the Spanish mainland.
With a view to the coming season a new airline company from Iceland Sumar Fedir which due to an agreement made between the company and the two southern boroughs of the island will be flying to the Reina Sofia airport on a regular basis will help contribute to the ongoing recovery of tourism in the South of the island.

 
 
 

Adeje Ring Road -The Next Stretch

After nine years of political debate and many alterations to the plans the Canarian Government has given the go ahead on the most expensive stretch of road ever to be made in the Canary Islands.
Work on the Adeje- Santaigo del Teide section of the island ring road has a budget of 237 million euros and should begin in the next six months.
It is hoped that the 27 kilometre stretch of road will be completed by 2009, providing a quick and efficient route from Santa Cruz to Santiago del Teide and vice versa, the first stretch which involves the extension of the TF1 to Guia de Isora and the construction of an intersection to Fonsalia harbour is expected to begin as soon as the construction company has been selected.
As part of the second phase a fast road will be constructed from Guia de Isora to Santiago del Teide acting as a base for the future highway which will be constructed at a later date.
The remaining section which runs between Santiago del Teide and Icod de los Vinos has still not been approved since the COTMAC Commission for the Territorial Organisation and Environmental care of the Canary Islands, sent it back to the drawing board for a series of corrections to make to the plans. 
Madrid has also announced that the Agreement between the central government and the Canarian Government through which 2,140 million euros will be allocated to the islands for carrying out improvements on existing roads and constructing new stretches (including the island ring road of Tenerife) is practically official since the quantity has been agreed and the rest of the process is purely administrative.
Regional socialists Francisco Hernandez Spinola and Jose Alcaraz expressed their satisfaction with the agreement outcome explaining that this was not only for the excellent financial contribution of the central government, which is a 90 million euro increase on the previous agreement, but also because of   the apparent change in management style adding that the central government had agreed to hand over the reins to the regional authorities as far as roads are concerned. In other words it will now be the Canarian Government which will be in control of road improvement in the islands from start to finish taking the responsibility for planning and construction once the financial agreements have been reached with the central government.

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