Back in November last year, the Department of Costas told Güímar Ayuntamiento that many dwellings on the municipality’s Agache coast contravened coastal limits regulations and would have to be demolished. The Ayuntamiento disputed this at the time, and following legal action in May, the High Court found in the Council’s favour and ruled that all coastal settlements of Agache were urban. Although the mayor of Güímar, Rafael Yanes, asked Costas not to appeal the decision, an appeal was nonetheless launched, but the TSJC, the Canarian Supreme Court, has now supported the previous Court’s decision.
The argument had centred on whether the areas were designated as urban before the Coastal Law of 1988 came into effect and so whether the protected area was 20m, as the Ayuntamiento claimed, or 100m, as Costas was trying to enforce. The TSJC’s judgement has now established that a considerable number of threatened homes in El Tablado, La Caleta, Punta Prieta and La Puente are legally urban, and safe from demolition. La Opinion