Today marks two years since Primero Arico, Coalición Canaria (CC) and Partido Popular (PP) formed the municipal government of Arico when the motion of censure that they presented to the PSOE was successful. “Today this pact is in excellent health,” sums up the popular Andrés Martínez. The nationalist Juan José Armas and the mayor, Sebastián Martín, coincide, for whom “there is solidity and, especially, a joint effort, with the initials on one side and with Arico as the only interest.”
The management of the emergency due to the pandemic required “focusing the effort on addressing the problems of the neighbors.” The rest of the time was dedicated to “ordering the imbalances caused in the five months of the PSOE government.” In particular, debt to suppliers, “which almost provoked an economic and financial plan, if we had not taken the measure of changing the government.”
An event that occurred on November 25, 2019, in a very rowdy plenary session after which “the municipality breathes absolute tranquility”, although “the opposition tried to generate an artificial tension.” Reflections of the mayor, Sebastián Martín, shared by Juan José Armas (CC) and Andrés Martínez (PP), who maintains that the agility in the management avoided “more difficulties” and allowed “to continue with the initiatives and projects that we set ourselves.”
To the point that they have a budget and an investment plan in execution, as the councilor recalls. Martín did not obviate “the attempt to obstruct the approval procedure of the budget and the investment plan,” despite the fact that the social groups gave their approval to the document and the opposition abstained in the plenary session of its approval. But the PSOE “presented allegations, which slows down both economic documents. We complied and did what we had to, but those who had to collaborate chose to obstruct. In any case, the economic management developed is endorsed because “we passed the audit of the economic-financial management of the Canary Fund for Municipal Financing with outstanding marks,” emphasize the three spokespersons.
“If there is no help, we will remain firm that the landfill must be closed”
The delicate moments.
The March 13, 2020, when the local government declares the emergency and activates the protocol covid in the town; and on May 21, 2021, when the forest fire started, “they have been the two most tense situations” that this tripartite has experienced.
The pandemic continues to set the agenda, although less, although this Christmas “we did not perceive strong support from the supra-municipal administrations. Even the Canarian government generates uncertainty, to the point that it is not known what protocol will be applied during the festivities. But the economic recovery happens because this commercial campaign is as similar as possible to the prepandemic. “We design and apply proposals to encourage local consumption in shops and restaurants.” Martínez clarifies that “they will allow the same acts of last year, but the evolution of the covid will mark the final decision at the beginning of December. But we build the ark before the flood comes and we have our Christmas schedule up and running.
Among the pending issues is the completion of the Villa de Arico square, a work that remains at the expense of the upcoming “termination of the contract with the successful tenderer to call a tender to complete the remaining part of the project.” Among the milestones is the beginning of the process to create a Commonwealth with San Miguel de Abona and Granadilla de Abona, a municipality that must complete the process. “We are taking steps, albeit slowly,” says the government.
“In this pact there is solidity and a joint work, with Arico as the only interest”
But The effects of the Environmental Complex is the issue that worries the most. The most recent, the stoppage of the tender of the Drafting of the project, the execution of the works and the operation of a waste recovery facility, including recycling and other types of recovery (except energy recovery through oxidation incineration. incineration. “It has been a great achievement of neighborhood, institutional and political work, from the City Council, collectives and opposition groups in the Cabildo”, reflects the mayor.
There remains a step that Sebastián Martín, Juan José Armas and Andrés Martínez are not willing to let slip: «We have to obtain compensation for Arico for the damages caused to us by the Environmental Complex. On the verge of stopping the incinerator, we are going for the compensation for the landfill, to which we have the right, “says the mayor. «We are clearly committed to reduction, recycling and reuse. There is consensus among the political parties in the Cabildo, except the PSOE; there is consensus among all municipal groups, except the PSOE. From there, the Socialists will have to decide if they are on the side of the municipality and with what management model, ”Martínez added.
The president of the Cabildo, Pedro Martín, is asked to “make a decision and not prolong this situation.” In the case of a refusal to the “right to be compensated” defended by Arico, “we are going to remain firm that the landfill must be closed.” The island councilor for Sustainable Development and the Fight against Climate Change, Javier Rodríguez, is called on “humility, respect, collaboration and inter-administrative cooperation.” They list the “clashes” he has had with various municipalities, “none of the same initials.”
“The socialists will have to decide if they are on the side of the municipality, in the case of waste”
The El Río dam.
The recovery of this infrastructure is “another matter for which we continue to wait, despite the joint request (with Granadilla and San Miguel) that a feasibility study be prepared.” Martín claims “a solution” to the demand for water for irrigation and this dam is part of it, the municipal government understands.
Punta de Abona Complex.
The tourist construction projected in the coastal area “is doomed to the approval of the General Plan, which is also in the hands of the Canarian Government.” Although the work is suspended by the Executive, “we do not renounce the project, but everything depends on the promoters. We will be by the side of those who bring employment and economic, social and sustainable development.