Pedro Martín, president of the Cabildo de Tenerifemaintains “the commitment of the insular government group with the Circuit of the Engine». The infrastructure, under construction and to be completed, is located in the Atogo area, in the southern municipality of Granadilla de Abona. Martín confirms it before the criticism of Canarian Coalition for “the small game”, about 173,000 euros, planned for the 2023 financial year. For CC this amount “is very far” from the five million committed this year to finish an area pending for several decades.
“The insular government has planned an item for the Motor Circuit in the budget year for 2023” assures the president. He adds that “so that there is no confusion, we have taken it separately, with names and surnames and a budgeted amount.”
In the draft of the project of the accounts approved this week by the Governing Council – then there is the long process of amendments before being ratified by the plenary session – specifically 172,952 euros of own funds appear. To this amount we must add another 112,700 committed in 2024 and 112,548 in 2025. In the multi-year accumulated, a total of 398,201
Martin remembers that “The only party that has voted against the Motor Circuit in a plenary session is the Canarian Coalition followed by the rest of the opposition.” He issues a challenge: “Fortunately, we are going to disarm these CC lies in the plenary session dedicated to budgets, where the debate on the Circuit will take place individually”. And he concludes: “There it will be seen who is in favor and who is against in this matter.”
“CC is the party that has voted in plenary session against the Motor Circuit”
The Canarian Coalition argues that “in the plenary session of May an investment of 5.1 million euros was approved to start the works, which to date have not been tendered, as well as the commitment of a multi-year expense to execute them with a total amount which would be around 60 million euros.
In July there was a presentation of the Circuit in the Auditorio de Tenerife in which the Formula 1 driver, Carlos Sainz, and the journalist, Antonio Lobato, as great sponsors. CC considers it an act of “self-promotion” and “the only money spent so far”, a game of more than 605,000 euros.
The role of Yes We Can
If we can Canary Islands supports the insular government of PSOE and Cs from outside. It has been against the Circuit and at the beginning of October it announced that it was withdrawing its support for the Cuna del Alma project and the Circuit itself. The government group ran the risk that the budgets would not be approved and would have to be extended. He understands CC that “Pedro Martín is a hostage of Sí Podemos Canarias.” His spokesperson, Carlos Alonso, stated in this regard: «It seems that we are facing a new episode of withdrawal of the PSOE in the face of the wishes of Podemos with the resignation of promoting the Circuit as it did before with the Tren del Sur. The PSOE once again supports Podemos to paralyze Tenerife ». He adds: “We open to discuss support for the accounts, but the PSOE has chosen Podemos.”
“The PSOE once again supports Podemos to paralyze the Island of Tenerife”
CC understands that “the motion of May and the commitment to the thousands of followers of the motor of Tenerife are not fulfilled.” The nationalists demand the convening of the monitoring table of the Motor Circuit in which all the political groups, the Automobile and Motorcycling Federations, and the Real Automóvil Club de Tenerife (RACT) must be.
The nationalist formation considers that Pedro Martín “has to explain to the public and motor fans why he does not comply with what is approved.”