A legal report issued in June upholds the view of Santiago del Teide opposition councillor Inocencio Doble regarding a fixed awning which is occupying public space and constitutes an obstacle to emergency service vehicles.
The offending awning belongs to British national and PP local councillor Stephen Gerald McKenna and is located outside his “Chicken Shack” restaurant in Paseo Agustín Herrera, Puerto Santiago
The local bye-law specifically states that premises must “allow free and unobstructed access to services such as sewerage and electrical outlets and maintain a free lane for access by emergency services at all times”.
Doble accused McKenna in the Spanish press today of having a fixed awning permanently anchored to the ground and goes on to say that a tit-for-tat move cost him his salaried position as deputy mayor four months ago, as a direct result of the dispute he had over the matter with Santiago mayor Juan Gorrín and Mckenna himself .
Doble had entered into a coalition with opposition PP party after they failed to win an outright majority at the last local elections.
Doble also alleges that McKenna has not paid the fees due to the local authority for occupying public land with tables and chairs, commonly referred to by the British community as “table tax”, for the last six years.
Neither the mayor nor councillor Steve Mckenna Gerald cared to comment on the allegations.