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New forum to work towards a better Los Gigantes 

Community-minded residents are to meet the Mayor to discuss a joint vision to improve the local environment.

The move comes after posts on social media highlighted growing concerns among some of the respected international community living in Los Gigantes.

The posts lead to a group of likeminded people expressing a desire to help on environmental issues and discuss wide-ranging ideas which could have a positive impact on the community.

Now the forum, with the working title Village Community Action (VCA), have been invited to talks with Senor Emilio Navarro, the Mayor of Santiago del Teide.

Initially, in a letter to Sr. Navarro, the group said: “The international community living in Los Gigantes and surrounding areas have a wish to help and support the village and its environs to help the area improve, thrive and prosper.”

“However currently there are worrying elements which are giving cause for concern.”

And they listed issues including problems with overall parking facilities and spaces in Los Gigantes, the harbour and the village centre for residents and tourists.

They said the village is log-jammed every day and asked the Mayor to examine a possible ‘park and ride’ scheme.

Residents mooted creating parking on land outside the village with a free daily circular/ minibus.

They asked how the council planned to combat problems of dogs fouling pavements and public spaces and is there a plan to introduce tagging or supervision of pet hygiene.

The 20-strong group pointed out swarms of flies descending on the resort are causing widespread frustration and asked what the council plans to stop waste being dumped.

Alongside the other initiatives, they suggested replacing derelict and abandoned sites and village “grot spots” with flora and shrubs.

Focusing on Buganvilla plaza, in the village centre, the group suggested introducing a regular farmer’s market and a permanent flora display in the square, public seating and a fenced off children’s play area behind the square itself.

The Village Community Action team spotlighted the harbour area saying: “There is the ongoing need a major facelift and for a walkway from the beach down to the harbour front. This would transform business by creating a flow of visitors.”

Other key points they will discuss include village areas planned for future development and improvement to beach safety and breakwaters of the harbour.

And the group are seeking reassurances to combat a significant spike in local thefts.

The VCA spokesperson added: “Everyone wants to see Los Gigantes remain a vibrant, welcoming village and we will be delighted to work with the Mayor and his team to achieve these aspirations.”