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Overflow car park opened in la Savina

Foto aparcament la savinaThe Formentera Council has announced that from today overflow parking will again be made available in la Savina between plaça Illes Pitiüses and Estany des Peix. Privately-owned vehicles can be left at the 120-capacity car park for up to five days and no special passes are required of drivers.

As part of a deal struck by the Council and the plot's current renters, the space will remain open until October 31. Neither lorries nor unhired rental cars can be left there. The free-to-use car park was made available in response to requests from residents and seasonal workers who lacked the necessary authorisation to park in la Savina. It is also open to tourists.

Three-hundred forty old signposts removed

RutesverdesThe Formentera Council's Office of Infrastructure began a push last Friday, March 20, to vacate signposts associated with the island's now obsolete networks of nature trails and cycling routes.

Crews have also targeted dilapidated signage on public roads and land plots. In all, 340 signs have been marked for removal. The €14,000 effort, including treatment of waste materials, must be completed within two weeks.

Pointing to the run-down signs' disparate designs and conflicting information, infrastructure chief Rafael González said the change was "a necessary next step following last September's upgrades of the nature trail signposts".

With summer approaching, Formentera roads get one last fix-up

foto arranjament camins 2017The Formentera Council's Office of Infrastructure has done road surface improvements in the ses Illetes portion of ses Salines park, Can Marroig and estany Pudent. Department head Rafael González said the prep work ahead of the 2017 summer season would continue through mid-March and had already covered 10.1 kilometres of arterials.

Updates have included the road adjacent to estany Pudent and the three offshoots linking it with the main highway plus the following arterials: Mayans des Pujols, can Mossènyer, Rocabella, ses Canyes, ses Illetes, Llevant and Can Marroig.

As part of the effort, which consisted in levelling roads and compacting the earth below, González's department worked with the Office of Environment to avoid disturbing birds nesting in the area.

Next steps
Crews will now set out fixing up the roads that crisscross Punta Prima, with plans next week to move on to Migjorn. A subcontractor, currently stationed at along paths that cut through Es Cap de Barbaria, has also been brought in to provide assistance.

According to estimates the work will be finished by Easter. As Councillor González pointed out, “by and large, improvements are being made on dirt roads that are also included in the island's network of nature trails for cyclists and walkers”.

New OAC opening hours

Foto oacThe Formentera Council has announced that from March the Citizen Information Office (OAC) will no longer open Saturdays and opt instead for Thursday afternoon service. The OAC's Monday to Friday timetable till now —9.00am to 2.00pm— will remain unchanged. However, the office will begin offering Thursday service, 4.00 to 6.00pm. The tweaked hours were a response to sagging turnout on Saturday mornings and requests the office open one afternoon per week.

The Council additionally offers a similar service online. Using the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC), residents can take care of 78 formalities via internet, including some of the most often requested, like renewing passes for parking in la Savina or ferry travel.

Upgrades at playgrounds and parks pulled off thanks to request from local associations' league

Foto elimininacio de barreres arquitectoniquesThe Formentera Council Office of Infrastructure has overseen improvements to courtyards at the four local learning centres —three primary schools and the secondary school— and two children's parks. Plus, accessibility obstacles were removed in every town across the island, part of an effort that, according to infrastructure councillor Rafael González, also entailed creating 16 accessible crosswalks, one wheelchair accessible entrance at a park for young children and two pavement upgrades.

All of the betterment projects were requested by the Consell d'Entitats last May, when Formentera's associations selected what they felt were the two most pressing initiatives from a list of twelve and fast-tracked them for execution before year-end. The two winning proposals —removal of so-called “architectural barriers” and upgrades at playgrounds and children's parks— received 100,000 and 150,000 euros respectively.

Playgrounds and kids' parks
The lion's share of improvement works was undertaken in August and September to ensure completion in time for returning schoolchildren. Playground equipment at La Mola's primary school was fitted with protective rubber and two basketball hoops were also installed on site. Sant Ferran's school got a shaded area and upgrades were made around planter boxes. Another shaded area was installed at Sant Francesc's Mestre Lluís Andreu school, part of works that included more protective rubber and miscellaneous improvements. Marc Ferrer secondary school was equipped with a shaded area and benches. Councillor González added that all of the upgrades had been requested by the schools' administrations.

Work at parks began in October, first at Es Pujols' children's park, with new playground equipment, fencing and benches and revamped protective rubber surfaces. The kids' park in Ses Bardetes got a fresh rubber surface as well, along with three new playground toys, artificial turf, new lighting and a shaded area.

Barriers to accessibility
Accessibility obstacles were removed in every town on the island. A pedestrian crossing was created at the crossroads of carrers Talaiassa and Àngela Ferrer with the new access extending to the nearby school's entrance. Another such crossing was installed across highway PM-820 in Es Caló. In Sant Ferran an additional two such crosswalks were created along carrer Guillem Montgrí.

A pedestrian crossing was added along avinguda 8 d'agost in Sant Francesc. Accessibility improvements were also made in Ses Bardetes. The area of Sa Roqueta got four accessible crosswalks and another two were fitted in nearby Es Pujols at carrer Espalmador and avinguda Miramar, the latter granting access to that town's kid's play area. Four pedestrian crossings were installed in la Savina around plaça Illes Pitiüses. Lastly, pavement improvements are taking place this week along carrer de Ca Marí 5.

This is the first time improvements requested by the local associations' council are overseen by the Formentera Council. The community initiative turns on what is known as “participatory budgets”.

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