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Arona pledges new era for road maintenance and public buildings 

Arona Council has called on local people and visitors to “be patient” as a road maintenance improvement programme restarts after 18 months of delay.

The authority says it inherited the unforunate situation from its predecessors before last year’s elections but has now awarded a new contract for the maintenance of local roads and public buildings.

The contract is valid up until 2019 and represents an annual investment of over 1.4 million euros.

The council says it is well aware the delay has caused “serious deterioration” of the streets and it has presented difficulties in schools and cultural centres.

But the Mayor, José Julián Mena says normality has now been resumed “after years of neglect”, adding; “We are asking for patience to because too many interventions are needed and, for reasons of time, we are giving priority to the actions of greatest urgency.”

He said the council had always been aware of the urgency of this matter in Arona, the third largest municipality in Tenerife but had been unable to act. Now, they were able to count on the necessary resources and with the strict guarantee of legality in the process.

The service has been awarded to Construcciones Pepe de la Rosa Gutiérrez, after a competitive tender that ended in late October, at an annual cost of 1,422,436.39 euros, plus IGIC, and with a contract period until August 2019.

There will be a team of about 50 workers, carrying out morning and afternoon shifts throughout the municipality. In addition, there will be contigencies to deal with emergencies.

Councillor for services, José Luis Gómez said a municipal technician would be at the helm but there would be extensive consultations with the council.

He also announced that the situation of lifeguards on the beaches had been unlocked.