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Saturday, February 26, 2022

Santa Cruz lists 1,324 of the city's buildings with architectural values for protection

Pigeons in a plaza in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Santa Cruz Protection Catalogue, made up of 1,665 elements, of which 1,324 are buildings with architectural values, begins the process for final approval. 

The schism between the Cabildo de Tenerife and the Santa Cruz City Council on account of the stoppage of the demolition of three buildings in Miraflores, closes today with the approval of the draft of the new Protection Catalogue by the Governing Council of Urbanism, after agreeing its composition with the Consistory and the insular area of ​​Historical Heritage.

Although the route that remains for this document is still long, more than two years for its final approval, at least there is already a consensus between both administrations to protect 1,665 elements, of which 1,324 are buildings with architectural values, including the three buildings that unleashed the war between Cabildo and Ayuntamiento.

"We are facing a draft Catalogue that has to pass a simplified environmental assessment, which will be carried out by the Government of the Canary Islands, and, from there, those are the numbers, 1,665 elements to be protected, of which 1,324 have architectural values," pointed out the still councillor of Urbanism, Carlos Tarife.

As detailed by the mayor, “we have made the Catalogue in consensus with the Cabildo. As soon as the evaluation is passed, we will take it to initial approval, a new period of allegations and from there to final approval. I hope that in two years it will be ready.”

The Catalogue includes buildings ​​as well as urban spaces and elements of archaeological, ethnographic or paleontological heritage. Also, the areas of urban environmental protection, the network of traditional paths and trails, unique elements, such as fountains, monuments and sculptures, and monumental trees and groves and unique flora. The proposal agreed with the Cabildo has extended the temporal scope of the study, so that all the historical periods through which the city of Santa Cruz has passed are collected, from the first settlements of the 16th century to contemporary architecture, reaching the year 2000.

Among the list are some elements that have been the protagonists of another catalogue, that of Francoist vestiges. Thus, the Monument to the Fallen is granted environmental protection and the Market of Our Lady of Africa, as a whole. The Monument to Franco is not listed. As Areas of Urban Environmental Protection, to those already known, such as García Escámez, the Cepsa neighbourhood and the Sitjá Passage are added.