Photo: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento.

Updated 2 February: I’m grateful to Stewart Kirby for the following photos showing the latest works as of today in Playa San Juan’s plaza.

Updated 25 January: I’ve been asked several times where the market is going to be in Playa San Juan, and I can now pass on the council’s information that from today it will be at the El Bufadero promenade next to Avenida de El Emigrante. It will operate the usual times of 8am to 1pm on Wednesdays.

Original post 10 January: There are some mixed feelings in the west coast town of Playa San Juan this week where works have just started on the renovation of the town’s central plaza, with new garden areas, a children’s play area, and underground parking. Mayor Pedro Martín says that the square is “the only one in the municipality which has not been renovated and its poor condition makes that all too evident”. Mayor Martín confirmed that the works have been in the pipeline for some time because the excavations for the underground car park make for an ambitious project.

For the mayor, the “lack of a suitable square was compounded by the serious parking problems in the town, two issues which will now be resolved with the new works”. Some locals, however, are viewing the development, including the demolition of the old church, with sad eyes. Municipal sources say, however, that the plans have been discussed with a whole range of local collectives and societies, as well as local businesses and, particularly, the Bishopric of Tenerife. The works are set to cost Guía de Isora nearly €2.5m, and one way or another, will transform the centre of the town over the course of the next year as the new plaza takes shape.

 

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  1. The market has been on the red footpath along the seafront( by the outdoor fitness equipment )for the last few Wednesdays so I think that will be the new place for it.

  2. I live in Playa and I have mixed feelings about this. We certainly needed the plaza updating as the paving was in poor condition. I am not that bothered about the church going, it was not ancient, built in the 1960’s. Underground car park? Not so sure, yes it’s difficult to park close to the Plaza on a market day but there’s plenty of parking five to ten minutes walk away. Is that too far? As for the market, it’s moved to the Paseo Maritimo near to Puesta del Sol at the bottom of Avenida Emigrante. For me there’s too little space between the stalls, and its going to uncomfortable for the traders if its windy, raining or the sun is shining strongly. Also the Ayto had not provided electricity last week so electronic scales and chiller cabinets were not working. The lady from the Ayto who chose this location was brimming with enthusiasm a couple of weeks ago but there were mutterings from the traders. The agricultural market may not be there this week as theyvall had to re-apply for their licences.

  3. Why choose the paseo for the market? Most unsuitable! It used to be on the plaza by Alteza,a much better location with plenty of parking too!

  4. Update on the agriculture market. They are still sorting the paperwork out and hope to return to the market on the 25th of January, fingers crossed.

  5. Hmmm, that talks about 43 parking spaces but other publicity has talked recently about 84 so I am not sure that this is the current plan.

  6. I doubt it’s the “current” plan since it’s dated 2009! But it’s the main plan for the zone, regardless of how it’s been adapted subsequently. As the council has said, this has been on the drawing board for years because of the expense.

  7. Just spotted this posting after making a comment on the similar Adeje project. It looks very modern and IMHO not at all in keeping with the character of the town. But times change and so must we. Parking in town is always difficult at any time of the day or week, not just on market days, so another 40 (or 80) will be welcome. Very noisy and dusty in the square right now and the locals are saying it will last 20 months.

  8. I saw a poster for the Playa San Juan agromercado this morning. They will be back next Wednesday 25th January.

  9. Well, at the moment there is a big machine working in two holes it is digging which are about 3-4 metres deep. After pecking the lava rock apart it spends a day filling up lorries to take the debris away. I would say that they will still be doing this in April as they need to dig down about 10 metres. Remarkably the cafes and bars which border this work are still open and have clients.

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