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canary government updates

Canary Government updates

The Government of the Canary Islands commits 189 public housing units for rent in Fuerteventura.

Lola García and Pablo Rodríguez address, together with the city councils, the priorities in terms of housing, road infrastructures and coasts

The Minister of Public Works, Housing and Mobility of the Government of the Canary Islands, Pablo Rodríguez, has highlighted the commitment of his department to promote, together with the president of the Cabildo of Fuerteventura, Lola García, the construction of public housing to face the growing demand and guarantee access to it for citizens.

Rodríguez made these statements after the meeting held this morning with the Cabildo of Fuerteventura, in his first institutional visit to the island, in which he was accompanied by the president of the island, Lola García, and the vice-president, Blas Acosta, as well as by the teams of both administrations, the mayors of the six municipalities of Fuerteventura and spokespersons of the political groups of the island administration.

"With regard to housing, we have addressed all the factors aimed at resolving the availability of social housing in the different municipalities of Fuerteventura, to offer a housing alternative and that the population can access a basic right," said the minister.

The island's president, Lola García, stressed that "housing is one of the top priorities for the Cabildo of Fuerteventura and that is why we have asked for all the programs aimed at having social housing on the island to be streamlined", showing the willingness of local administrations to cede land to the Executive or facilitate the acquisition of land to have more properties.

In this sense, the Canary Islands Housing Institute will carry out the construction of 75 public housing units for rent in Puerto del Rosario, with a budget of 11,600,000 euros. In agreement with the Ministry, another 33 in the capital and 81 in the municipality of La Oliva, for an amount of 14,169,000 euros.

Likewise, 100 homes in the public park, located in Puerto del Rosario, Betancuria and La Oliva, will be rehabilitated with energy efficiency criteria and providing solutions to accessibility problems. The possible inclusion of another 100 homes in Rehabilitation Programs in buildings and homes in Residential Environments of Programmed Rehabilitation (ERRP), in Puerto del Rosario, has also been addressed.

Pablo Rodríguez has announced that his department is studying "the acquisition of several developments of unfinished buildings, which are located from the area of Parque Holandés to the south of the island. A strategy that we will combine with the work with the city councils, to agree on the transfer of land and promote public works".

Promotion of the North-South Axis

In terms of roads, the Minister highlighted the works that are being carried out within the framework of the Agreement. On the one hand, the execution of the road between Caldereta and the Airport, a work that is in its final phase of execution, with more than 55% completed, and which is expected to be completed in 2025.

Likewise, the teams have also discussed the execution of the Airport-Pozo Negro section, one of the most necessary of the North-South Axis, a work of 150 million euros, which is added to the 100 million euros that are being allocated to Caldereta-Airport, and which make a total item of 250 million euros for roads on the island of Fuerteventura.

Both Lola García and the rest of the administrations have agreed on "the importance of speeding up the execution of the pending sections of the North-South Axis, such as El Cuchillete-Matas Blancas or Aeropuerto-Pozo Negro, since the latter exceeds an average daily intensity of 20,000 vehicles, which is expected to be put out to tender in the first half of 2024".

"We are also going to continue working on the drafting of projects, on the drafting of alternatives and routes on the rest of the pending axes to the south, that is, from Pozo Negro to Cuchillete, to continue with the planning for the following years," said Rodríguez.

Collaboration on coastal management

Finally, in terms of Coasts, the Government of the Canary Islands has detailed to the Island Council the negotiations it is still holding with the State so that it completely cedes the competences in this matter and that decision-making falls entirely on the Canary Islands Executive.

Lola García has also asked the General Directorate of Coasts to give priority to authorizations for emergency hydraulic works, such as the one concerning the project of boreholes for the collection of water in Puerto del Rosario, "one of the most urgent actions carried out by the Cabildo to improve the water supply throughout the island and which requires such authorization".

Along these lines, both administrations have determined to establish direct coordination to address the development of services and activities that are affected by the maritime-terrestrial public domain, as well as to expedite authorizations regarding film productions and maintain a dialogue with promoters to facilitate the development of projects and the consequent generation of employment and economy on the island.
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So, if I have this right, €25M for housing, and €250m for roads. It's a good start on the housing, though not convinced the priorities are right here. But...not my call.
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