La Laguna residents concerned over air quality
La Laguna has asked the Government of the Canary Islands to install an air quality control and monitoring unit in the vicinity of Tenerife North Airport – La Laguna city.
The authority wants to ensure adherence to environmental laws due to the concern being generated among the residents of San Lazaro and Camino La Villa over the installation of an asphalt plant at the airport.
Mayor of the municipality, José Alberto Díaz and urban planning councillor, Candelaria Díaz met with several residents of these areas in order to collect the demands and concerns about the installation and its current operation.
After listening to their fears on this situation, both the mayor and the council asked the regional executive to install a control station for air quality, which the Canary Islands agreed quickly to install. Candelaria Díaz wanted to publicly thank the Executive for its speed in dealing with the municipal proposal and the neigh-bourhood demand.
Similarly, both the mayor and councillor committed to continue mediating with the Government of the Canary Islands and other relevant institutions, such as AENA, so that they continue to comply with environmental laws as long as the work lasts. Completion is scheduled for the month of May but hopefully sooner as the council intends to put pressure on the airport authority.
However, the council has stressed it has no competence in this matter, and noted that, according to current legislation, the works executed by AENA of new construction, repair and conservation carried out in the field of the airport and its service area will not be subject to municipal preventive control actions.
They also stressed that the Regional Ministry of Territorial Policy, Sustainability and Security of the regional exe-cutive has issued a resolution stating that authorisation for the works of the asphalt plant is granted under Law 34/2 ‘’ 7 of air quality and protection of the atmosphere.