Update 30 June: There is clarification on these bylaws now from the Ayuntamiento’s governing socialist group. With regard to washing lines, the council says that there were muncipal measures about this previously, but they were ambiguous. Specifically, what is to be prohibited is the hanging of clothes or clotheslines over balcones facing a street. So, within balconies themselves it is permitted provided only that the clothes are not visible from the street.
As far as BBQs are concerned, the council say they have more complaints than might be imagined from people who consider the smell and noise emanating from BBQs on balconies and terraces in communities to be a nuisance. This bylaw is very clear: residents with a balcony or terrace within a community will not be allowed to have BBQs on them.
The new regulations will now go through the usual 30 day public exhibition process for comments or objections before becoming municipal law.
Original post 5 April: Adeje Ayuntamiento has approved a bylaw banning the hanging out of clothes to dry, and barbecues, on terraces and balconies on complexes in the municipality where the washing and barbecues are visible from the public highway. The vote was not passed unanimously, and the governing group had to vote it through in the face of strong criticisms from opposition parties. There was particular complaint about the banning of clothes lines and racks given that this will clearly disadvantage residents of the borough, who could now be fined for breaching the local law. The reason given for the bylaw is an aesthetic one, with the council reporting many complaints on the matter. Two posts in one night about new reasons for fines …