The Greens have shown this Saturday their rejection of the construction of the port of Fonsalía. According to his spokesman in Tenerife, José Ramón Carrillo, it is intended to speculate with the only large agricultural virgin territory that remains in the south of the island. In this sense, he regrets that “luxury hotels are already being built there” and maintains that it is about unprecedented re-qualification of territory and a “hit”.
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Carrillo considers that the construction of the port of Fonsalía would produce irreversible damage both in the territory and in the sea, but especially in the sea, because it is a place of passage already confirmed for pilot whales, dolphins and dolphins, and a place where there are ” a very important marine life “.
According to Los Verdes, this project is linked to the insular ring since that port is the one that will have the best communications with the rest of the island, especially with the north, and it entails leaving the port of Los Cristianos as a port eminently used sports and commercial. For Carrillo, this is a dynamic of the last decades in which he is betting on new infrastructures, such as the case of the port of Granadilla, leaving the previous areas in decline.
The spokesperson points out that this is what is happening right now with the port of Fonsalía, in what is called “Tenerife’s golden mile”, destined for luxury tourist facilities of five golf courses, “when the tourist parameters that we’re moving lately after the pandemic makes them absolutely expendable. ”
The Greens emphasize that it is not necessary to do “more destruction in Tenerife” since there are currently ports, both sports and commercial, to meet the needs of this island. “These are facilities that are unsustainable right now and where they are not investing in making them more modern and respectful of the environment, not even investing in the channeling of sewage and rainwater,” they insist.
“Faced with a reconversion of obsolete tourist infrastructures, it is committed to destroying millions of square meters of territory that right now are agricultural exploitation, especially banana trees that are going to be requalified for tourist use of the surrounding land,” they add.
For this reason, they ask for a moratorium on all those actions that involve “continuing to destroy territory” as they consider to be the case of the port of Fonsalía or the Chira-Soria Project, and they ask the parties that make up “The Pact of Flowers” for coherence.