Tenerife businesses are waiting even longer for licences and permissions
New and existing businesses in Tenerife are having to put up with even longer delays for the processing of licences or permissions for work, angry commerce leaders have claimed.
The Tenerife Circle of Businesses and Entrepreneurs (CEST) says that despite the Land Law, which was supposed to speed things up, the opposite has happened because local administrations don’t have sufficient human and technical resources to cope. They are therefore unable to respond “within a reasonable time” to the proposals received by entrepreneurs who intend to start a business activity or companies already established in the various municipalities.
“While the objectives and goals defined in the Land Law are adequate, in practice it has become clear that municipal corporations were not prepared to carry out the role attributed to them by the aforementioned law so that far from streamlining or simplifying the processing of files, it is slowing down extremely,” said a spokesman.
CEST says the spirit which inspired the Law of the Land is not being met and city councils don’t have the right information to deal with issues. This is generating “countless legal questions that have increased the losses to entrepreneurs and established companies”.
“Months after the Law came into force, it has resulted in a step back in the day-to-day management of the now competent administration,” says the body .
On paper, it continues, the law should provide the right steps to improve matters “but we regret that in this year and a half, far from achieving the objectives pursued, the situation has worsened significantly and enormously worrying.”
There is, says CEST, confusion, lack of resources and legal insecurity due to the annulment of three General Plans such as that of Adeje.
The net result, according to businesses, is creating a disincentive to investment and opportunities are being lost, such as reform projects in many establishments which would have generated thousands of jobs for works and activities linked to each project.