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Call for urgent action to evict squatters from old shopping centre 

Urgent action is being called for to force the eviction of squatters who have been living in an abandoned shopping centre in Los Cristianos for years.

Arona council says this privately-owned property is right in the heart of the tourist centre and it is not only harming the image of the area but has an impact on the livelihood of surrounding businesses.

Councillor for town plann-ing, Luis Garcia called for speedy justice to resolve the eviction, saying: “It is seriously damaging the image of the municipality, harms the quality of life of our residents and the tourists who visit us, while affecting the entrepre-neurs of the area, who create wealth and jobs. “

The disused shopping centre is located on the Paseo de Los Tarajales.

Sr. Garcia said: “Although it is true that the owners of the property are involved in a long legal dispute in which Arona council cannot intervene, the occupation situation of this shopping centre is not acceptable. “

He said the council had already met the parties to mediate but no solution had been reached.

However, they intended to bring them together again and if nothing is settled, then justice would have to take over.

“It is essential to normalise an area that is one of the windows of Arona to the world and, moreover, is in a walk, Los Tarajales, in which in a short space of time both the council and the Cabildo we will start a project of integral reform that is going to change the aspect of that area in depth,” he added.

“We are working to make Arona advance on all fronts and it is true that we find ourselves entrenched situations, like this one, of previous mandates, but of course we are determined to act with dialogue, but also urging the action of justice.”