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Works project aimed at tower's conservation

torre des triturador 19 10 2016The Formentera Council's Office of Infrastructure has announced that from tomorrow, Friday October 21, the administration will begin overseeing urgently needed conservation work on a local monument known as torre des Trituradors. Salinera Española Ltd, the leaseholder of the tower, will pay for the work. The Formentera Council decided to undertake the work, in the words of patrimony councillor Susana Labrador, “given the tower's serious state of disrepair and its value as a local heritage site”.

In 2012 the Council granted a construction permit to Salinera Española. “However”, explained Councillor Labrador, “the permit was never claimed and the building works never took place, the result of which has been a progressive deterioration of the tower”. For that reason, the Office of Patrimony pursued legal action in 2013 to compel Salinera Española to move forward with the project. The company, for its part, opened administrative litigation that is still today pending judgement.

Improvement works
The project would entail a temporary structural consolidation of the building to prevent its collapse, including correcting the levelling of the structure's perimeter, in five points and above ground level, to keep the tower's upper arches from falling. Cracks have been detected in the arches that not only seriously compromise their stability and the tower's successful conservation, but also pose a public safety threat. The project will have a €41,037.15 price tag and a duration of two months.

In compliance with Formentera's code of subsidiary regulations and the local catalogue of cultural heritage sites, the Office of Patrimony carried out an archaeological and historical study of the monument, a requirement given it forms part of Formentera's historical patrimony.

Legal background
The order issued by the Council, in which the administration sought to force Salinera Española to execute the conservation work, is based on a number of legal precepts, among which are articles 26 and 27 of Law 12/1998 [December 21] on historical patrimony in the Balearic Islands. That law establishes that owners, leaseholders or anyone else in possession of cultural interest sites must conserve and maintain them in a way that safeguards their value. If that fails to occur, the public administration can order the owners, leaseholders or those in possession of the property to carry out the necessary work. If those who are so obliged do not execute the work, the administration can itself oversee the project, in which case the owners, leaseholders or property holders must defray the costs.

History of the tower
Given the architectural and engineering elements it contains, the so-named torre des Trituradors in la Savina is classed as a historical building in Formentera's catalogue of cultural heritage sites, a listing that was adopted in a plenary session of the former Council of Eivissa and Formentera. The exact wording used is “element AI-S-5, fitxa núm. 737” and the site is marked for level A protection. The goal of the tower, built in the mid 20th century, was to improve upon the productivity levels of mechanised salt milling at two other local mills, Molí d'en Marroig and Moli des Carregador. The latter, the older of the two, is currently known as Molí de Sal and was also used to grind salt.

Back to school on Formentera

tornada escola formentera 2016Rafael González, chair of the Formentera Council's Office of Infrastructure, reported today on the maintenance operations carried out this summer at the island's three public schools, framing the work as crucial “to making our kids' return to the classroom as smooth as possible”.

Aided by employees from outside firms, the Council's technical personnel painted the two buildings of Mestre Lluís Andreu primary school —as well as the schools in Sant Ferran de Ses Roques and la Mola— inside and out. Council employees also did regular maintenance, of electrical fixtures, lightbulbs and taps, at all three schools. The price tag on the maintenance work ran roughly 23,500 euros.

Making entry at la Mola school pedestrian-only
Councillor González also referred to another change on the arterial that runs just in front of la Mola's local primary and early-learning school. Vehicle traffic was blocked on a stretch of carrer Angela Ferrer de la Mola “to make getting to and leaving school a little bit safer”. The new pedestrian zone is marked off by four points, two at the entrance and two at the exit. The changes there came with a price tag of 6,500 euros.

Crews break ground Monday at Sant Francesc industrial park

imatge inici obres formentera 6 de setembre 2016Rafael González, chair of the department of infrastructure of the Formentera Council, has announced that Monday September 12 will see the start of construction on the unpaved road that grants access to the rubbish tip (known locally as the Deixalleria) located in Sant Francesc's industrial park.

Besides a freshly resurfaced thoroughfare, the project will bring to the area services like santitation, drinking water, power, street lighting and high-speed internet. The work is scheduled last four months and carries a pricetag of €600,000.

The road, said González, will be closed to traffic during construction, meaning access to the tip will be limited to a single road that links to the site's central entrance. The temporary connector, which is marked with signage, also provides access to the island's vehicle test site, ITV.

Final thumbs-up for Es Pujols upgrades

foto ple extra es pujols 2 setembreAt a special plenary session convened today, members of the Formentera Council voted to grant definitive approval to a project to resurface roads and update infrastructure for utilities in es Pujols. Today's vote means the start of a call for bids on the project, which will impact the centre of Es Pujols as well as the town's waterfront promenade and is scheduled to begin November 1.

The improvements come with a budget of €2,445,750.68 and must be completed within six months, putting the deadline somwhere before the start of summer. As CiF infrastructure councillor Rafael González pointed out, conditions set out fines should delays occur: six thousand euros a day if any part of the project is “partially complete”; a daily six-thousand-euro fee —plus 5% of the total price tag— should any delays affect the project's final date of completion.

Revamped services
Plans call to overhaul several services: sanitation (rain water and sewage), water supply (for fire hydrants and street cleaning), electricity and IT. The road will also be resurfaced with the same type of stone used in a remodel of another Es Pujols arterial, carrer Roca Plana. The works will integrate Es Pujol's promenade with the beach and aesthetic improvements will be made. Moving forward, Councillor González described it as “the first phase of a broader beautification plan in Es Pujols whose final objective is to make the town's main roads partially, if not fully, pedestrian-use only”.

Heart of Es Pujols and seaside promenade to get make-over this winter

projecte es pujols - vista passeig 1Earlier today in a one-off plenary session, CiF council members adopted —despite abstention from Compromís per Formentera— a plan to repave an arterial and reconstruct various pieces of urban furniture in Es Pujols. Construction, which will affect the centre of Es Pujols as well as the passeig marítim, the town's waterside promenade, will begin November 1, reported the Council's infrastructure councillor Rafael González.

The improvements will include a full reconstruction of utilities in the area: sanitation (rain water collection and sewage), water supply (fire hydrants and street cleaning), electricity and telecommunication. The street in question will be repaved using the same stone as what was employed for a remodel of carrer Roca Plana. Other changes will involve a new, integrated seaside walkway and various aesthetic improvements, including removing a stone wall and creating a wooden promenade.

The project has an estimated price tag of 2,445,750.68 euros and is expected to be complete in six months. This year a budget line for some 330,000 euros will be freed up in order to cover construction costs. Said Councillor González, next year, the remaining cost will be covered by a combination of the Council's own, as well as external, funding.

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