Photo: Arona Policia Local.
Updated 30 September 2020: I suppose in some systems it’s what counts as speeded-up legal action, but even those who thought it could be sooner will no doubt be relieved that at last the CC Los Tarajales has been cleared of squatters. The evictions took place earlier today and brought to an end an entire decade of illegal occupation of the commercial centre. Locals and visitors will hope that it also brings to an end the eyesore that the area had become. Arona police say that they were pleased to collaborate in the evictions, and that the enforcement of the judicial order went off without incident. Arona Ayuntamiento, for its part, says that it is putting in motion a plan to support those who were squatting and who are now homeless.
Original post 10 July 2018: Only the other day local hoteliers were demanding action over the squatting in the new and unopened commercial centre Los Tarajales, on the front in Los Cristianos, and now Arona Urbanism councillor Luis García has taken up the call and pleaded for the legal system to speed up the eviction procedure. Legal sources have confirmed that an eviction order has been issued by the Courts but say there are “administrative procedures” which still have to be completed. Meanwhile, the council itself is now increasingly concerned at what is an eyesore in prime tourist territory on the eve of the main holiday season.
The commercial centre is owned by two private businessmen, who García said “had been prosecuting the case for a long time, one in which the Ayuntamiento could not interfere”. The council, like the local police, are clearly irked at the possibility that they will be held responsible for either the situation or the apparent inaction of eviction procedures, especially given the efforts being made at municipal level to improve other parts of the same area, such as the first phase of improvements to the Los Tarajales paseo marítimo, scheduled to begin at the end of July, as I reported HERE just last month.