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Sant Ferran residents engaged in discussion of town's development prospects

Foto presentacio sant ferranLast night members of the Sant Ferran community gathered to review the Formentera Council's road map for the town's centre in the years ahead. Council chair Jaume Ferrer and Rafael González, the administration's infrastructure councillor, together with senior members of specialist architecture firm Estudi Lunar, shared details of the project in order to engage residents in discussion and get input on possible improvements.

Pitched as an articulation of the Sant Ferran identity, the project envisions repositioning the town as the island's cultural stronghold, a bid that will rest on constructing cultural facilities on the current site of the town's school. Dubbed a “centre for the arts,” plans for the complex include a theatre/auditorium, community centre and school of art. The firm hopes to fit the town with a cutting-edge public amenities infrastructure that is specially tooled to promote social gatherings and use of public spaces.

Introductory efforts
The gathering served to chart the project's initial phases, which officials expect will begin November 1, 2017. On carrers Guillem de Montgrí and València work will be focused on beautifying the streets for residents and cyclists. The two arterials will remain open to vehicles though additional plans are afoot for a change in the direction of traffic, a measure aimed at stemming south-north crossings of the town and forcing drivers to instead use the nearby roundabout. The current draft project was designed by Open Fabric, a firm specialised in urbanism.

Crews scrub down Formentera's water reservoirs

Foto neteja diposit es pujolsEl Consell de Formentera, a través de Medi Ambient, informa que Aqualia ja ha finalitzat les tasques de neteja i desinfecció dels tres dipòsits d’aigua de Formentera, els de Sant Ferran, Ca Marí i Es Pujols, que abasteixen als diferents nuclis de població, donant compliment al Reial Decret 140/2003, pel qual s'estableixen els criteris sanitaris de la qualitat d'aigua de consum humà, i del Decret 53/12, sobre vigilància de les aigües de consum humà de les Illes Balears.

La realització d’aquests treballs és important per assegurar la qualitat de l’aigua emmagatzemada als dipòsits, que posteriorment és distribuïda a tota la població. Les tasques realitzades han consistit en el seu buidat, la neteja interior i la desinfecció amb hipoclorit sòdic. A més, s’han revisat les vàlvules, arquetes, canonades i altres elements, aprofitant el buidatge que se’n fa per realitzar les tasques de manteniment necessari.

Aquestes actuacions que Aqualia porta a terme són per garantir la qualitat de l’aigua que arriba a les aixetes de tots els usuaris. A més, l’empresa realitza un exhaustiu control analític de l’aigua subministrada en el que es controlen paràmetres tant fisicoquímics com microbiològics. En total, al 2016 es van realitzar al voltant de 4.450 determinacions analítiques, segons han informat.

Neteja de la xarxa de clavegueram
D’altra banda, Aqualia també està portant a terme les tasques de neteja del clavegueram d’Es Caló, Es Pujols i de la major part dels nuclis de Formentera. Aquestes tasques formen part del pla preventiu i de posada a punt de la xarxa de clavegueram per garantir el millor servei de cara a la temporada estival. Concretament s’elimina la brutícia, fulles i papers que s’acumulen en el seu interior i que dificulten la recollida d’aigua els dies de pluja.

Per fer la neteja s’utilitza un camió i es dissenya una ruta a seguir pels operaris, tenint en compte la situació dels pous i els sentits de circulació dels carrers a netejar.

After minor oil spill, clean-up of Estany des Peix begins

Foto neteja oliAt 8.55am this morning, a local resident telephoned the offices of the Formentera Council to report an oil slick on Estany des Peix. Two personnel of the CiF Office of Environment visited the pond and, confirming the presence of a minor spill, dialled 112, an agency of the Govern's department of emergency services, whereupon the bureau's plan for oil spills, the Cambal plan, was activated.

In the morning the Guardia Civil made passes over the area in the brigade's helicopter to make sure no new oil infused the water. The head of ses Salines preserve visited the scene to assess the situation as the Council employees used a boat from the administration's fleet to assist coastal authority officers search for the source of the spill, still undetermined at the time of writing.

A TRAGSA crew brought in by the coastal authority was tasked with commencing cleanup operations in the area. The team will begin by mapping out the affected portion of the lake. Soiled sand will be cleaned mechanically and any affected rocks will be treated with sawdust or absorbent blankets.

Formentera takes pitch to German travelers

Foto presentacio alemanya alejandra ferrerTourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer is in Germany this week to give presentations on Formentera in the central European nation's two main cities, Munich and Berlin. She will take the opportunity to make special mention of a particular local initiative, Save Posidonia Project.

Appearing before German media in a Munich restaurant at 12 noon today, Ferrer spoke about the island's off-season charms (“activities and an array of features that make us unique like traditions, gastronomy and culture”) before detailing the plan to raise money to protect the hero of Formentera's ecosystem and beaches: posidonia seagrass. “We explained that preserving our posidonia is going to be fundamental if we want our future generations to enjoy Formentera as we have,” she reported afterwards. It was a presentation where media outlets in niche markets like tourism, sustainability and the environment were especially attentive, particularly given that 2017 is the year of sustainable tourism.

Ferrer will lead another presentation before the press at the Spanish embassy in Berlin. The Balearic agency for tourism and Turespaña both collaborated in the promotional efforts.

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