La Gomera fed up with port blockages and demands urgent action
La Gomera is calling for urgent action to free up the port of Los Cristianos by unblocking the port of Fonsalia project in Guia de Isora.
President of La Gomera’s Cabildo, Casimiro Curbelo has called on the Canarian public administrations to unlock the construction of the Port of Fonsalía.
He called for speed and a firm response to “a vital infrastructure for the western islands, which would mark economic development, bas-ed on better connections and traffic capacity between them.” For these reasons, he regretted that it took more than half a century to respond to this demand, “putting at risk equal opportunities in a fragmented territory, which needs co-hesion mechanisms such as this port.”
He recalled that the infra-structure is declared as of exceptional public interest, in addition to being included in the Transinsular Axis of Transport of the Canary Islands, approved by the Autonomous Government in 2006. “Now what is needed is to provide it with funding and that the State ascribes to the Canary Islands the public domain of the port area, ” he said.
He reiterated the deficien-cies of the Port of Los Cristianos, which supports more than 1,800,000 passengers and more than 400,000 vehicles per year, positioning itself as the port of the province with the highest regular passenger traffic. “Those of us who live in La Gomera, La Palma or El Hierro know what it means to endure delays in connections,” he said.
He insisted on the stipula-tion of maximum prices and exercising greater control over the price increase, following the entry into force of a 75% discount on the transport of residents. This was backed by the presidents of the councils of Tenerife and El Hierro.
“Control has failed here and now the mechanisms to correct it must be given,” he said.
The insular leader detailed his commitment to incorporate the vehicle into the bonus, so that, as with passengers, the cost is discounted by the same percentage. “When we move between islands we always turn to the vehicle, so there is a real demand that the discount also has an impact on what we consider our travel luggage,” he said.
Regarding air connectivity, he pointed to the “necessary” incorporation of Canarian representation in the AENA Board of Directors. “The decisions taken in this body affect the Canary Islands and our opinion is important in the face of decisions affecting strategic infrastructure for the connectivity of the islands.”