Thirteen out of ten Tenerife residents will have benefited from the Cabildo’s Priority Works Program when it ends in two years. The 43 projects presented by 17 city councils on the island with less than 20,000 inhabitants have begun to be executed this year. The completion period is June 30, 2023, while the justification period is extended until the following September 30. Among the proposals are the reforms of ten cemeteries, crypts or wakes in six municipalities.
The program was approved on December 7 by the Governing Council of the Tenerife Council. The 17 municipalities are already receiving the financial amounts this month until completing the 3,336,165.59 euros for the 43 planned works. Each city council may receive a maximum of 200,000 euros. The projects presented range from the rehabilitation of municipal infrastructures to the improvement of supply networks and lighting systems, although those aimed at adapting cemeteries to current regulations stand out.
The island councilor for Municipal Cooperation and Housing, Zebenzuí Chinea, explains that This program is aimed at economic and administrative cooperation with the municipalities of Tenerife of less than 20,000 inhabitants, for the drafting of projects, direction and execution of works related to the operation of public services.
In this sense, he points out: “We are concerned about the difficulties faced by municipalities with a smaller population when it comes to undertaking actions in their territory.” This program, he adds, “wants to solve problems, generate employment and make the Cabildo’s presence reach more and better to all the municipalities of the Island.”
Chinea recalls that “the municipalities were asked to select works that were already scheduled and have projects drawn up so as not to have to wait”, The intention is “to continue with the work and investment in the municipalities to generate local economy and employment.”
The counselor recalls that “we have worked all this year on this program that comes to respond to the municipalities themselves.” These have demanded the projects that they have considered a priority to finance and, as they are already drawn up, will have easier execution, so that the works can begin quickly.
The Priority Works Plan complements the Municipal Cooperation Plan, whose 2014-2017 edition is practically finished, with the financing of some thirty works, with only three remaining to complete the programming. The 2018-2021 Plan is already underway with fifteen works in progress.