“It is not the first time it has been denounced, without it having served much to date. Time and again the reality of the fait accompli is imposed, of the technical regulations drawn up with no other aim than those of immediate profitability and maximum use ”. The one who lamented in this way, in statements to DIARIO DE AVISOS, was the doctor in Art History and professor at the University of La Laguna Jesús Pérez Morera, in relation to the actions on the heritage of Los Llanos de Aridane that have been carried out Over the last 25 years, a period during which, as this newspaper recalled in its edition yesterday, licenses have been granted without having a local Heritage Commission.
The expert, who has been one of the most critical voices with the works that were carried out last week in an 18th century house located on Calle Real in the municipality, pointed out that the attacks against architectural complexes with historical value “is a a problem that comes from afar and for which alarms have been raised ”. And about this episode, which was challenged by the partial destruction of the building’s façade by the developers, he indicated that this demolition “it was known that it could not be done and it was done; whoever did it, did it knowingly ”. A resounding response to what the Aridanense Historic Center Protection Plan understands, “not only protects the façade, but the entire first bay, with its tile roof and interior masonry walls.”
In his opinion, what remains after the passage of the construction machinery that has intervened in the area -before the Local Police proceeded to seal the enclosure for alleged breaches of the license granted- is “an empty lot with a lot of of earth and stones ”, in contrast to the pre-existing building, which represented“ an increasingly rare traditional model of houses, which is typical of Los Llanos de Aridane ”. Its element most loaded with identity, that of the lattice windows, although the teacher highlights the value of the house “as part of a whole”, and that is that on the same road there are other buildings with similar characteristics, that they would create a harmonious appearance and that now they are, due to the lack of control of the authorities, “more and more deteriorated and mistreated”.
Now, Professor Jesús Pérez Morera not only directs his gaze towards the permissiveness of public representatives with this type of “attacks”. It emphasizes that the Protection Plan, created in 1996, requires revision and improvement. “Of course, it can be clearly improved,” he declared, while urging that the Municipal Heritage Commission be constituted with “full powers”, a body that would evaluate the granting of work licenses with an expert perspective, in order to preserve it. the typical architecture of the Island and the town. Not in vain, in the same Calle Real he affirms that one can observe “bizarre, aggressive and orthopedically added to traditional dwellings; wild emptied; disappearance or complete replacement of the original carpentry ”, among others.