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Going underground! New bin system just doesn’t work as reality shows 

More recycled news again this month I am afraid and no preamble today, so I am going to start with one of my favourite subjects, rubbish!

I did warn you that the latest bins to go underground would highlight just how ineffective the system is. There have been cardboard boxes strewn everywhere, everywhere that is except where they should be. No such problem in the day of the big green wheelie bins.

However, there has been a reaction. There was a post on the local council’s Facebook page stating there was to be a meeting to discuss the problem. There was a whole list of people who were to attend, councillors obviously, representatives of local busi-nesses, companies involved in the waste management, tourism representatives, because of course it is an eyesore, and any other interested parties. The list went on and on, everyone and their mother was on the list, everyone that is expect the poor workers who struggle each day to get their rubbish down the small chutes.

What a lot of people talking rubbish. Sorry, I should rephrase that as my meaning could be easily misconstrued. I’ll start again, what a lot of people to talk about rubbish, there, no doubt about my intended meaning now. What is there to talk about? Unless that is the objective is to apportion blame, so they can send the ‘litter’ police around.

The answer, at least in my opinion, is starring them in the face. Every time they roll out the next phase in the ‘hiding rubbish underground programme’ there is the same problem. The problem is one of the council’s own creation. Why can’t they see it? Rant over, but probably not the last one.

However, I can’t move on without mentioning the picture that accompanied the Facebook post, it did make me chuckle. It was of a nice package of flattened boxes, neatly tied up with string. No doubt wishful thinking on the Council’s part, but even so it would never have fit down their little rubbish chutes. If they couldn’t find a more suitable photo they only had to ask and I would have gladly sent one showing the reality.

Las Dehesas

The road through Las Dehesas has been resurfaced and not before time, it was a boneshaker of a ride, as are many other roads in the town, I hasten to add. This road drew the lucky number and the 100,000 euros of Cabildo funds. There are no white lines yet, at the time of writing that is, in case it is completed before this gets to print. Still the tarmac only went down three weeks ago and they have been busy painting parking spaces in the town centre, more on that later.

You would have thought with such a budget there would have a bit of the black stuff left over to do a bit of pothole filling. While the residents of Las Dehesas may be enjoying a smooth ride, the rest of us have to dodge potholes (craters in some instances). The problem has been exacerbated by the recent rainfall, when roads, which have no drainage other than their gradient, become rivers and the tarmac is washed away. Pot hole filling is relatively cheap, even for our cash strapped council and great PR as the council is instantly viewed to be doing something of benefit.

San Telmo

Well, the dust has hardly settled on San Telmo and what had must have surely been washed away by the recent very high tide. Oh, why did they get rid of the wall? You can just hear the business owners saying and the really high winter tides have yet to arrive. With San Telmo finished, almost, the town planners must have been itching to sink their teeth into another concrete slab make-over. Their prayer has been answered.

It has been announced the next street to be dealt mayhem and destruction is Calle Quintana, the main thoroughfare between Plaza del Charco and the aforementioned San Telmo. Already a walkway, but that hasn’t saved it. The work, cited as essential in order to fit fibre optic cables, will no doubt see the entire surface ripped out, only to be replaced with more concrete slabs, probably of an apparently fashionable ‘grey’ colour. The work is to take eight months, believe that if you like, but no start date has been announced. It is too late now to start before Christmas; surely they will wait until after Carnival.

Parking

New parking spaces have been created in the town, I am amazed. 100 of them, although I am not sure that is the correct number as they do have a habit of rounding numbers up. Where, you might ask? The area around the old bus station and the concrete slab next to it where the town’s car pound used to be is the answer. I welcome any additional spaces; however, the placement of them does pose a few questions.

It is my belief that the bus station was abandoned all those years ago because the building was deemed to be unsafe. Likewise the car pound moved from what is the roof to the underground car park for the self same reason. The area around the bus station did become an unofficial car park a few years ago during carnival. However, this practice was soon curtailed because the area was unsafe, it was assumed.

Have both of these new parking areas now be declared structurally sound? If so why wasn’t this initiative taken years ago. Why now? Did the council, which has been very quiet of late, want to be seen to be doing something positive? Just think, all it has cost is a bit of white paint.

Flood prevention

The flood prevention work on Barranco Tafuriaste is a success. During the recent rains, though Puerto got of lightly, the hills above didn’t, and the barranco became a raging torrent. Historically the road would have flooded and the area where I live would be cut off for a few hours, but I am happy to say the water passed through the new pipes and the road remained clear, so no wet feet.

It just goes to show the recently completed footbridge, which no one wanted, is not needed, but then what is 73,000 euros of public money spent unnecessarily, a drop in the ocean in the greater scheme of things, I suspect. However, that is not the end of the story.

Having successfully passed through the pipes the water should have passed harmlessly on down the barranco to the sea. It didn’t, thanks, I think, to the work of an overzealous excavator driver who removed too much of the bedrock on the seaward side.

The water found a void and disappeared under the road which runs alongside. The builders had to return and pour yet more tonnes of concrete to plug the gap. As is the norm the job is not quite finished, we are waiting, I assume, for some railings or crash barriers. Nevertheless it is a job well done, despite the cost, a budget for which has never been published.