The Santa Cruz City Council has filed a writ of interposition against the approval of the vestige catalog, which, for the moment, only affects the municipality of Santa Cruz. This is confirmed by the City Council, which explains that it is a first step, without going into the substance of the matter. Now it will be the court that decides whether to admit it, in which case it will request more information from the City Council to justify the presentation of the appeal. With this step, a contentious-administrative dispute begins with the Government of the Canary Islands, which will prevent any type of sanction from being applied for not complying with the provisions of the Catalog of vestiges, which, among other matters, establishes the obligation to remove the Monument. to Franco of the public highway.
The Santa Cruz City Council had already announced last November, once this document was definitively approved, that it would appeal the administrative act of approval, since it understands that a regional catalog cannot be approved only for one municipality. “It is offensive that the rest of the islands are blank,” said the mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, then. A position supported by his government partner, the PP.
From the Consistory it is insisted that, with this resource, it does not go into the substance of the matter, that is, in the content of the Catalogue, with which there are parts in which it is in agreement, and others with which it is not. “What is appealed is the administrative act, because we understand that it does not conform to the law,” municipal sources point out. From the Government of the Canary Islands it is defended that the inclusion, for the moment, only of Santa Cruz is due to the fact that it is an open document to which the rest of the municipalities will be incorporated, and that the capital has been the first because it already had a study on these vestiges that allowed to speed up the process.
Last November, the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands (BOC) published the definitive approval of the Catalog of Francoist vestiges, made up of 79 elements that the Santa Cruz City Council is obliged to withdraw or modify, according to the instructions contained in the document.
Monuments, sculptures, objects, shields, inscriptions and tombstones, street names, urban spaces and honors and distinctions (medals, adopted children, favorite children) related to people who participated in the military uprising, the Civil War and the repression of the dictatorship , are collected in the catalogue.
The Santa Cruz City Council openly criticizes some of these recommendations, such as the proposal to remove the lions from the Serrador bridge, to remove the sculptural elements from the Los Caídos monument or to change the name of the Nuestra Señora de África Market .
Precisely last week it was known that the propeller of the Canary Islands Cruise, which the Port Authority withdrew from public roads, as established in the catalogue, has been recovered by the Navy to form part of the Naval Museum in Gran Canaria.