Building of La Tejita hotel is temporarily stopped by central Government

2020/06/23 07:53:27 Written by Canarian Weekly Tenerife

The land where the construction works are being carried out, are not part of the Public Land-Maritime Domain, but they could be affected by the 'protection easement', in accordance with the proposed revision of the current demarcation along that stretch of coast.

The visit by the coastal surveillance service for an inspection, has confirmed that there are works in progress in the area that could remain within the protection easement once the revision of the boundary in progress is completed.

The Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO), has ordered the precautionary cessation of building of the La Tejita hotel in Granadilla, considering that they could be working on land that, although not part of the Public Maritime Domain Terrestrial (DPMT), it could be affected by the protection easement once the demarcation procedure of the stretch of coast where La Tejita beach is located, is completed.

The resolution of the General Directorate of the Coasts and Sea signed on Monday, is based on the inspection report of the Provincial Service of Costas in Tenerife. This inspection report was been received at the General Directorate of the Coasts and the Sea, and it is verified that, according to the revision file of the demarcation initiated in January 2019, works are being carried out on land that could be affected by the protection easement once the proceeding is completed, meaning that they are building in the right place.

The construction work of this hotel was authorized on June 3rd 2016, by the Government of the Canary Islands and have been licensed since December 21st 2018, granted by the City Council of Granadilla de Abona. So far, these administrations have not taken any decision regarding authorization and license, respectively.
On June 13th 2019, Costas in Tenerife instructed the company promoting these works, to stop those that were being carried out in the provisional DPMT. Although the company complied with this request, they appealed it administratively and judicially.

The report that the surveillance service has issued today, has been preceded by separate writings (June 12th and 19th) from the Ministry of Ecological Transition, Fight against Climate Change and Territorial Planning of the Canary Islands Government, and previously, by several complaints from the Association 'Save La Tejita'.
The resolution that will end the demarcation review procedure is only pending the mandatory report of the legal service, and when finally completed will show that the new hotel is being built in a permitted place.

The two protesters, hailed as heroes by their supporters, that have now spent a week at the top of the crane, and have achieved a 'moral victory' by getting the works stopped, remain anonymous.
Red Crane and Blue Crane, as they want to be called are a male and female, who now cessation has been granted, could realistically come down.

This morning, at 11am, there will be a press conference of the activists' support group, Slalvar La Tejita, who have received the support of many groups after the pleasant news from Madrid about the works being stopped, they say "The first battle is already won."