The City Council of Santa Cruz, from the area of Environmental Sustainability and Public Services, has requested, through an allegation to the modification of the Governing Plan for Use and Management (PRUG) of the Anaga Rural Park that is being carried out by the Cabildo, that ” take into account the change in permitted uses in the place known as Las Teresitas viewpoint”, with the aim of “providing it with a functionality from the tourist/recreational point of view that allows recovering the area, today in a clear state of deterioration and landscape degradation, which has generated numerous problems of both safety and environmental effects through the discharges and residues that accumulate on its slopes”.
Likewise, in said allegation it is highlighted that “it is one of the most visited points of interest on the Island, without said space having the conditions of security and quality of service that a facility of these characteristics, located in a place so emblematic, it should count”.
It is also recalled that the current PRUG “has prevented the processing of the various initiatives, both public and private, that have been proposed to improve their environment; as well as to provide said infrastructure with the appropriate safety and quality conditions, for which reason its modification is considered necessary so that in the area of the old quarry, which is located above the general road, actions can be carried out that allow to dynamize all that space and actions to improve the aforementioned viewpoint “.
“We propose that the PRUG of Anaga reflect on the viewpoint of Las Teresitas, which is private and should be expropriated, but we want its uses to be changed in order to give it some type of activity and that the first or second best photo of Tenerife , after Teide, be done with greater dignity than what has been allowed until now by the Cabildo, which has restricted the uses of these lands to almost nothing.
Therefore, now what we hope is that the Cabildo adopts a pro-positive and flexible position, that it abandons the insults, as they did at the time when we announced amendments to that document, and sits at the same table with the City Council to collaborate ” , said the councilor responsible for the area, Carlos Tarife.
It should be remembered that it has recently become known that a private investor has been interested in the zip line project at that viewpoint.
On the other hand, another allegation was presented, from the Sustainable Santa Cruz Foundation, dependent on the Public Services area, to ensure the future of the Santa Cruz Extreme race within Anaga, requesting, specifically, that “the passage through the path that joins Igueste de San Andrés with Chamorga”, since “on the plane it could touch the integral reserve of ljuana in the upper part, although it is an area of agricultural use and outside the restricted use that the integral natural reserve has de ljuana”, is noted in the allegation.
“For the Santa Cruz Extreme it is fundamental, to offer the original routes, the passage through this path”, for which it is requested that “passage be allowed as it is understood that it does not affect the Ijuana integral nature reserve, conditioned on the fact that the event does not abandon the aforementioned path”, it is added.
“I believe that the Anaga Rural Park must be protected, but it must be made economically sustainable, and what cannot be is that such important events as the Santa Cruz Extreme are put at risk, or that, for example, the PRUG of Anaga and not studying things as important as the change of uses that must be given to the area of the Las Teresitas viewpoint, which is an abandoned complex, which is privately owned and the owner has only been able to fence it off, and which could generate a series of activities and economy in the area, and above all to clean it up”, concluded the councilor.