Photo: Tenbel Tower Area Facebook page
Updated 30 June 2017: It’s over a year since I posted this story about what police and local security forces were calling “the severe decline of the Tenbel area of the Costa del Silencio”. Clearly in this past year nothing much has improved, and when it comes to the Tenbel tower area itself, it goes from worse to worse. Now there is a new Facebook page, in English, Tenbel Tower Area, set up by locals in frustration and anger at the deterioriation that is being allowed to continue.
The question is “by whom is it being allowed to continue”, and this is something the newly formed action group is determined to find out, with appointments set up with anyone who might have something to do with the situation, or who might be able to do something about it. The new page is HERE, and it seems that it is already garnering attention from the media. Locals will hope that it garners equal attention from those who can make a difference and help the area recover from what is a shocking neglect.
Original post 5 March 2016: Police sources and local security forces are expressing increasing concern over what they call the severe decline of the Tenbel area of the Costa del Silencio. Some of the more colourful are extending this to cover the whole of Arona, calling it a hotspot of crime of all sorts, but what unites them is frustration at what they say is a lack of resources, and ill-considered public investment.
As an example of this they look no further than the last 24 hours, in which Los Cristianos has kicked off its carnival after being transformed into old Havana for the duration, while trees burnt, again, in Damon Park near the tennis courts in Tenbel, an arson which is the product, they say, of bored youth for whom there is no investment.
Naturally, the new council would argue, with some justification, that they are still cleaning up the mess left behind by years of corruption, and that funds have to be prioritised towards tourism in a borough where tourism is the economic mainstay, but police themselves say that the Tenbel area has been “abandoned to its fate”.
The above photos were taken around midnight last night, and they are not the only fires or vandalism lately. Police say that it was pure luck that the fire did not spread to areas where people live. What the answer is, no-one seems to know, but plenty are arguing for greater investment in local security forces, if not the Tenbel area itself.