He Santa Ursula City Hall did not have access to the layout project of the third lane of the TF-5 highwaybetween guamasa and the orotavauntil the day of its announcement, “so we are still studying and interpreting it,” according to the mayor, Juan Acostawho remarks that “this is going to be one of the municipalities most affected by the planned infrastructure” by the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Housing of the Government of the Canary Islands.
In addition, he adds that “the circulations proposed for Santa Úrsula, where one of the current links to the TF-5 motorway is eliminated, will unnecessarily complicate and increase intra-municipal routes, which distances us from the local commitment to reduce CO2 emissions and to increase resilience to climate change. For all these reasons, we express our rejection of this project”.
Specifically, the work on the third lane in both directions will affect a total of 37,834 square meters of rustic land surface and 9,590 square meters of urban land in Santa Úrsula: “It is not only the important effect on the municipal territory, but also a great part of its route through Santa Úrsula will be complemented by new service roads, bridges and roundabouts that propose to expropriate dozens of land and even some properties”. “It is worth mentioning the conditions in the La Quinta and Camino del Mar urbanization, the sports circuit of Avenida de Las Palmeras or a part of the parking lots of the wrestling ground, as well as the disappearance of the La Quinta link, among others”, underlines the ruler.
Given the significant impact that the third lane of the TF-5 motorway has on this municipality and the large number of people interested in finding out about its scope, the City Council has taken the initiative to set up a public space to publicize the project, which will be on display on the ground floor of the Town Hall until May 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Wednesdays, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Likewise, technical assistance will be provided on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and on Wednesdays, also in the afternoon.
As alternatives to this project, the Consistory proposes sustainable mobility planning in accordance with the criteria set by the different public, local, state and European administrations.
“We are talking about meeting the commitments to achieve the 2030 Agenda, as well as those adopted in the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Sustainable Energy (PACES), to which the Santa Úrsula City Council subscribed,” said the mayor.