“This project would generate irreparable damage, it is unsustainable and there are better alternatives”

The mayor of Arona, José Julián Mena, has shown this Thursday his discrepancy with the construction of the port of Fonsalía, a project that requires an investment of around 200 million euros in the heart of the Special Conservation Area (ZEC), with a large richness and biodiversity of its environment and one of the only three in the world considered a Whale Heritage Site.

“With the reports and studies that we now have on the table, and with the paradigm shift that the pandemic is assuming, as well as the firm commitment to the ecological transition, staying in a position of extreme defense of Fonsalía is a mistake, the mayor has warned, who has recalled that “this infrastructure has the rejection, both of a very important part of society, as well as parties, organizations and academic institutions such as the University of La Laguna itself, which has presented some allegations enlightening. I think it is necessary to listen, participate, reflect and learn ”.

The mayor of Arona recalled that, in the past term, the City Council “and the Cabildo began meetings on a port-city fit approach that is inalienable and that, without the need to expand the first, contemplated solutions to entry and exit mobility. exit from Los Cristianos, as well as an urban modernization that passed by making Chayofita avenue underground, so that road traffic circulates almost to the TF-1 – at the height of El Mojón – in an underground way, while the avenue would remain as a great boulevard with a transport interchange ”.

Project to improve the port-city link in Los Cristianos

“All this – he added – with an investment of less than 40 million key euros for Los Cristianos and well below the 200 for Fonsalía.”

José Julián Mena explained that, at the moment, there are serious doubts about the environmental impact of the project, located in the middle of the ZEC of the Teno-Rasca maritime strip and conceived more than two decades ago, in addition to contradicting European guidelines, which establish that marine economic activities “must be smart, sustainable and equitable. Three questionable elements in this case ”.

The mayor of Arona recalled that there are doubts about the environmental impact declaration procedure approved by Cotmac in 2014, in addition to a contrary report from the Ministry of Ecological Transition for the same reasons, as well as serious contradictions about the access route to the port and the logistics platform.

Mena explained that the road to the infrastructure “would irreversibly damage the agricultural uses of the area.” To all this we must add that this port “would be the fifth in only 25 kilometers of coastline – along with Los Cristianos, Puerto Colón, Playa San Juan and Los Gigantes – and the sixth if we add that of Granadilla to the account. It would also mean pouring nothing more and nothing less than 3.8 million cubic meters of materials into the sea during its construction ”.

“With all this information – the mayor has reflected – it is normal that this new port has generated controversy and has led many of us to rethink our positions, until we reach the conclusion that the doubts and criticisms of Fonsalía are more than reasonable.”

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