The Insular Directorate of Planning of the Territory and Historical Patrimony of the Council of Tenerife yesterday issued a resolution by which “maintains the precautionary suspension of a part of the works” of the Cuna del Alma urbanization, that are being carried out in the area of Puertito de Armeñime, in Adeje. “In this space, the partial destruction of archaeological remains has occurred, which constitutes an administrative infraction classified as very serious,” the Cabildo reports in a statement.
The promoters of the Cuna del Alma tourism project specified that they “resume work on 98% of the surface” after the resolution of the Insular Directorate of Territorial Planning and Historical Heritage, which “maintains the precautionary suspension in the remaining part, to the awaiting the pronouncement of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage of the Government of the Canary Islands.
The Cabildo explained that it will transfer the resolution to the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage of the Canary Islands Government “for the purposes of initiating the corresponding procedure, this must rule on the maintenance, or not, of the precautionary measure of suspension in the area.”
The complaint filed by the Tegüico Heritage Association before the Island Corporation led to an inspection in the area where the work is being carried out, which occurred on May 24, the day after the complaint was received via WhatsApp. “After this inspection and within the process of reviewing the documentation of the project that the Cabildo was already carrying out, it was found that the patrimonial study was not available, a document that the promoting entity had presented to the Government of the Canary Islands,” he says. the statement of the Cabildo de Tenerife.
Thus, On May 31, a resolution was issued for the precautionary suspension of the works until said archaeological study was completed, which was already presented to the Island Corporation, where the patrimonial elements of the scope of action of the works have been analyzed, as well as the corrective measures proposed.
On June 1, explains the note from the Island Corporation, the agents of the Historical Heritage Administrative Service carried out a new inspection visit, accompanied by technicians from the Adeje City Council, the archaeologist hired by the promoter and its personnel. «After this visit and the analysis of the technical documentation, it is concluded, among other issues, that it is essential to carry out an archaeological monitoring task by a technical specialist in Archaeology, who must supervise and execute all the measures of protection provided. The resolution issued yesterday will be notified to the promoting entity, the Adeje City Council and the Department of Ecological Transition of the Government of the Canary Islands, in addition to the aforementioned General Directorate of Cultural Heritage of the Government of the Canary Islands.
The director of the Cradle of the Soul project, Andrés Muñoz, valued in a statement sent by the promoter that “the suspension has been lifted in most of the execution area” and showed “his total collaboration to help clarify the situation of the rest of the plot.” “The project has been complying with all the urban administrative procedures in the different administrations and has been developed according to the law, including the presentation of the patrimonial study, guaranteeing that its execution complies with all legal requirements,” he added.
«The project has been conceived from a perspective of environmental respect and integration with the landscape. We continue to work in this same direction and we trust that, as soon as possible, the situation involving the remaining 2% will be clarified in order to continue with the planned work”, Muñoz made clear. He also recalled that “the recovery, preservation and respect for the flora and fauna of the area is not only a commitment of the promoters, but also an obligation of the approved project”, with which it hopes to attract tourism away from the masses. , committed to sustainability and environmental care. “The complex will not affect, in any way, the Site of Scientific Interest of La Caleta, since it is outside the scope of action where it will be developed,” concluded the project director.