Arico Expresses Discontent with Camper Vans and Calls on Tenerife Cabildo for Actions to Address their “Exponential” Rise

On Monday, the Arico City Council released a letter urging the Tenerife Cabildo to implement measures in response to the rapid increase of caravans, motorhomes, and campers in recent years, particularly in the southern region of the island.

The local council expressed concerns about the growing presence of these vehicles on the island, stressing the need for regulation and designated parking areas due to the lack of proper guidelines, a situation affecting various municipalities.

Facing the absence of regulations in Arico, the new municipal leadership is actively working on formulating local laws to tackle the issue effectively, joining similar efforts by Arona announced last week.

Significant progress has been made in this endeavour, awaiting the necessary legal approvals for enforcement, as highlighted by the City Council.

Additionally, due to the perceived inaction of the Tenerife Cabildo, Arico and other municipalities are pushing for a comprehensive island-wide ordinance to regulate caravan activities across all regions.

Municipalities alone cannot effectively address challenges that extend beyond their borders, emphasising the need for collaborative efforts.

It is deemed “imperative” that the Cabildo resumes implementation of an island plan to provide designated spaces with proper facilities to minimise disruptions in residential areas and ensure essential infrastructure such as sewage systems.

The Arico City Council urges the Tenerife Cabildo to develop a comprehensive island-wide ordinance to regulate caravan activities, addressing the myriad challenges associated with this practice effectively.

Mayor Olivia Delgado emphasised the need for designated areas with essential amenities like water, electricity, and sanitation facilities for a secure and sustainable caravaning experience.

Creating designated areas for caravaning would help mitigate negative impacts on natural and residential areas, ensuring a regulated, sustainable, and respectful approach to this activity.

First Deputy Mayor Andrés Martínez supported the island-wide plan for caravan areas, advocating for shared criteria to promote environmental conservation and sustainable tourism development through regulation.

Mayor Olivia Delgado and Deputy Mayor Andrés Martínez praised the security measures implemented during Holy Week, lauding the coordinated efforts of local police, Civil Guard, and Civil Protection services without any reported incidents.

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