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Water and environment agency hands over parcel to Formentera Council

Foto sa tanca dalla dins1The Formentera Council and the governing body of regional agency for water and environment, Abaqua, have signed off on a plan to give the Council use rights of a swath of land known alternately as sa tanca d'Allà Dins and Ca'n Pep Lluqui des Cap de Barbaria.

The Council requested use of the land as part of an effort to reduce summertime crowds and traffic jams, a situation that had prompted both environmental impact and issues affecting safety and public order.

The administration has pledged to develop measures to safeguard the area's environmental, landscape, heritage and tourism resources. The first such protections—defining a parking area and restricting vehicle access to the cape, for example—have already been introduced.

In 2005, Abaqua purchased the 318-hectare plot for €2.9 million to preserve the natural surroundings by focusing on protections for the land's quality and uniqueness. At present the agency neither conducts maintenance on the land nor enlists employees to otherwise make use of it.

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.

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