Residency issues, ‘swallows’, and tourism discussed by Adeje and the British Consulate
At a recent meeting members of the corporation and the consulate agreed to work together to resolve a number of issues that EU exit changes may be causing
The problems facing many British residents and long-term holiday
makers, or ‘swallows’ were discussed at a meeting hosted by Adolfo Alonso
Ferrara, councillor for tourism, and Helen Díaz de Arcaya Keating, permanent
British Vice-Consul in Tenerife. Also present were Adeje councillors for
Community Wellbeing, and Citizen Participation, Mercedes Vargas Delgado and
Daniel Melo Rodriguez, as well as Mary Suarez British Pro Consul.
Since the end of 2020 the British departure from the European
Union has become final, following a year of transition. The changes in
the status of thousands of British residents in Adeje has meant certain
alterations in their registration at local level. The consul representatives
said there had been some concrete examples of confusion at local administrative
levels, given the complexity of some of the changes, and the Adeje
representatives committed to examining this. Both bodies stressed the
importance of registration on the padrón and Daniel Melo agreed to look at an
information campaign to address any issues. It was also agreed that in
the near future a separate meeting with those dealing directly with the public
and administration would be set up.
Councillor Vargas addressed the issues of vulnerable British
residents, referring to recent moves at institutional level to offer housing
and shelter for individuals and families at need or at risk of eviction,
outlining the work of the local food bank, and the on-going relationship the
council has with a number of charitable organisations working directly with
people in need.
Helen Keating and Mary Suarez also requested that the council
take note of a number of other associations working voluntarily to help those
suffering at this time. It was agreed that that information about relevant
bodies in place to help British pensioners in need of assistance to regularise
their paperwork would be shared.
The councillor for tourism spoke of the importance of the
British market to Adeje, and all expressed the hope that we would soon be able
to welcome many visitors from the UK back to Costa Adeje. The councillor
told the consular representatives that they were working on a campaign to
promote Adeje as a quality healthy destination. He highlighted Adeje’s
recent top place in the Exceltur list of the most competitive sun and sea
destinations in Spain.