Llano del Camello is the youngest town from San Miguel de Abona. Its urban development began to be planned in the last years of the 20th century and today it is the most populated nucleus of San Miguel. The census shows that there are already about 5,000 inhabitants, well above the rest. Its geographical location, a few hundred meters from the Las Chafiras link with the South Highway, adjacent to the aforementioned commercial area and close to the most important educational centers in the municipality, this nucleus requires basic facilities and public equipment.
The government group that leads Arturo Gonzalez chooses this enclave again to create one of the greatest bets of the mandate and, because it affirms it, “The largest investment with own funds that this City Council has made in its history.” It is a “great sports complex” whose construction will require 10,268,820 euros provided by the Consistory of the Remaining Treasury, where the local Corporation has more than 20 million euros. The mayor takes the opportunity to re-pronounce what, not because it seems like a rattle, is no longer a reality: «The bureaucratic-administrative apparatus and the Public Administration Contract Law do not allow you to make the investments that the municipality and / or that you have planned, no matter how hard you insist on it ».
Speaking of time for the project of the large sports complex to be a reality returns him to the same situation: «With what I have told you, it is easy to understand that to start any work it takes a year, at least, since they start with the procedures ». In this case, the call for the tender is close, clarifies the councilor of San Miguel de Abona.
The large Llano del Camello sports complex will be built on a 14,795-square-meter site, which is located on the north bank of the Canine Park and bordering Tomás Cruz and Mencey Adeje streets. The constructed area attributable to the enclosure will be 7,452 square meters and will be distributed over three floors.
The building that will house the swimming pool, changing rooms, administration, services and facilities of the entire complex, a multipurpose room, cafeteria and the main access, including the communication between the streets, will make up the first phase.
The second will correspond to the building of the Pavilion covered with a multi-court for the practice of handball, basketball, volleyball and futsal. It will also be equipped with stands, storage, toilets and changing rooms.
The exterior urbanization of the buildings, as well as the athletics track and the parking area will constitute the third phase, the last being that of the acrobatics building, changing rooms and an associated warehouse.
The mayor states that the first investment will be six million euros and will be used to undertake the first and third phases (swimming pool and outdoor development), reserving the remaining two to be executed once the first ones have been concluded.
«San Miguel does not have a beach and has always fought for a swimming pool. There was an attempt to build one in the municipality at the beginning of this century, but there was no budget and the crisis came. In any case, a swimming pool in the coastal area is better explained than in the old town ”, explains Arturo González. With a census of 22,000 inhabitants, the mayor maintains that 75% of the population of the municipality resides in the coastal area of the municipality.
The mayor hopes that both the construction of the pool and the external development of the complex will be a reality after a year and a half. His optimism leads him to predict that “the Municipal Budget for next year includes the rest of the items that are needed to carry out the rest of the work.
Arturo González’s concern is not so much to project, tender and build as “the cost of maintaining public infrastructures.” In the case of this complex, it refers to the pool as an equipment that requires a significant and permanent investment to maintain its quality. The purpose of the municipal government is to promote self-financing mechanisms for the Llano del Camello sports complex, which implies the need to establish the payment of user fees.