The Mixed Compensation Association of the Valle de Güímar Industrial Estate is dissolved. The measure emanates from the decision of the Contentious-Administrative Court contrary to the refusal of the Municipalities of Arafo and Candlemaswho rejected the dissolution agreed by the Governing Council on January 21, 2015. Once this matter was resolved through the courts, the Association and the Güímar Valley Town Councils, owners of the industrial complex since 2013, formalize this agreement and condition its execution to the resolution of the situation in which there are several cave-houses in Playa de Lima, an industrial warehouse and, above all, the transfer of ownership of the Chiguengue well to the municipal administrations.
In the agreement for reception of the Estate by the Town Councils (year 2013), the transfer of the well is conditional on the creation of the Urban Conservation Entity as a body for the management of the Estate itself. Even today it does not exist and, what is more, Güímar, Candelaria and Arafo have determined that a Consortium be in charge of it. The municipalities understand that it is the least onerous and most effective formula to deal with the maintenance and conservation of the most important industrial area on the island of Tenerife.
The Güímar Valley Industrial Estate It occupies 2,024,999 square meters, of which 17.72% (358,814) belong to the municipality of Candelaria, while 29.30% (593,358) is in the territory of Güímar. Arafo, the smallest of the three municipalities, contributes 52.98% (1,072,827 square meters) of the area of the Industrial Estate of the Southeast of Tenerife. The creation of this Estate dates back to 1973. The Mixed Compensation Association was formed by CaixaBank (CajaCanarias, until the merger of both banks), the Cabildo de Tenerife and the Public Business Land Entity (Sepes), of the Ministry of Public Works.
At 11:45 am on July 22, 2013 and in the civic and commercial building located on the main avenue of the complex, the general director of the State Land Entity (Sepes), Lucía Molares; the general delegate of Caixabank in the Canary Islands, David Cova; the mayors of Arafo, José Juan Lemes, and of Candelaria, José Gumersindo García, and the mayor of Güímar, Carmen Luisa Castro, signed the reception of the Valle de Güímar Industrial Estate in the presence of the president of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Ricardo Melchior.
Among the benefits received by the municipalities was the ownership of the Chiguengue well, which, in addition to being the source that supplies the more than two hundred companies located in this space, happens to be a service managed by private initiative, in this case awarded to the company Targa.
The inscription in the registry of the property of this equipment in the name of the town councils has not materialized yet. Juan Ramón Martín, mayor of Arafo, maintains that the local Corporations of the Güímar Valley “need that water and the economic contribution that derives from it.” An aspect in which his two counterparts, Mari Brito (Candelaria) and Gustavo Pérez (Güímar) add to the fact that said well corresponds to the municipalities, as they have expressed on previous occasions. This is the challenge of the commission in charge of closing the fringes to conclude the dissolution of the Mixed Association.
May 13, 2016 is another of the dates that appear as important in the history of this Polygon. That day was when the three city councils and the Cabildo signed the Proposal for Statutes of the Urban Conservation Entity (EUC) of the Valle de Güímar Industrial Estate. From then until today, the negotiations encountered many difficulties. Discarded this idea, for having generated numerous conflicts in its processing, the final option is to create a Consortium. Work in progress, apparently.
The fact that all the wastewater from this industrial complex has been dumped into the sea for years and without authorization keeps the judicial process open. Francisco Tuero González, judge of the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 1 of Güímar, limits the responsibility for these illegal discharges to the former mayors José Juan Lemes (Arafo), Carmen Luisa Castro (Güímar) and José Gumersindo García (Candelaria) and to the current councilwoman Mari Brito (Candelaria), whom she accuses of the alleged continued crimes against the environment and prevarication. Today the Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant is already in service, which resolves this conflict.