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Santa Cruz pledge over old part of the city 

Representatives of the commercial sector of Santa Cruz de Tenerife want to see more made of the properties in the city’s historic quarters.

They want the city council to take advantage of the elaboration of the new General Plan of Ordination to favour the districts of El Toscal, the Old Santa Cruz and Los Hoteles.

The business represen-tatives said General Plan is a vital tool for the revitalisation of the capital of Tenerife and, in particular, for the more traditional neighbourhoods that are located in the urban and historical centre of Santa Cruz.

In this sense, they argued that the policy of housing rehabilitation and construction of new buildings in these three historical environments will return the vitality to the heart of the city, where a good part of the retail trade they represent is based.

The first deputy mayor, Zaida González, and the town planning councillor, Carlos Tarife, shared this strategy with the merchants and, in particular, the head of the Department acknowledged that the rehabilitation and recovery of town planning in the old town is one of the main challenges assumed by Santa Cruz in the short and medium term.

Similarly, representatives of the Market of Our Lady of Africa asked the council to take the market into account in future planning of the city.

Zaida González thanked the merchants’ associations for their suggestions and encouraged them to present formally as many contributions as they deemed appropriate in the period of public information open at this time, as well as in the different phases foreseen for the drafting and approval of the new General Plan.