The Small Society: Adeje and Arona, the good and the bad for their residents’ wellbeing

As part of the Small Society series of posts (see HERE and HERE), the next posts before campaigning proper is allowed to start (i.e. two weeks before elections, in Spain) will look in more depth at the municipal level, which is what mainly affects us. As I said in the last post, I’d already chosen Adeje as an example of a well-functioning Ayuntamiento, and had in fact mentally chosen Arona, inevitably perhaps, as an example of a poorly-run one, and so I found THIS article in Diario de Avisos this morning particularly appropriate!

It reports the first Atlas of the Crisis, the result of extensive research into the effect of cuts, and finds that within the Canaries, Adeje is one of the best at managing its municipal affairs to confront economic problems and distress, and Arona one of the worst. These are two municipalities which share a great many characteristics, including coastline since they are next door to each other. They operate jointly in some affairs, have no natural characteristics which distinguish one from the other … and yet they show up at the top and the bottom of the table. A look at the management of the pair, however, leaves little doubt as to why they fare so differently in socio-economic terms.

Over the next few days I’ll be posting the first of two articles written from within the two boroughs concerned, to see how a well-run ayuntamiento can so positively affect its residents, and on the contrary, how the public’s problems can be exacerbated by a badly run council. And of course, these will indicate how this all relates to the forthcoming elections, and our involvement in them.

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