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Formentera rolls out app empowering islanders to report streetside concerns

Liniaverda 010617Daisee Aguilera and Rafa Gonzàlez, chiefs of the Formentera Council's Offices of Environment and Infrastructure, respectively, oversaw the official public rollout of a new mobile app, Línea Verde, the latest in the Council's arsenal of tools to enlist the local community's involvement in green issues and care for the island.

The app, explained Gonzàlez, “allows users to signal waste which has been improperly disposed of or street furniture in disrepair”.

Available via Google Play and Apple Store, the app lets users select from a variety of options when documenting black spots—at waste bins, streetlighting or street furniture, for example—and flag them on a map. Users can add comments and even attach photographs.

Snags chronicled on the platform are forwarded directly to municipal crews, cleaning service subcontractors and waste collection companies so they can be acted on. As Councillor Aguilera pointed out, the new app has been under trial since November. Over those six months, Council staff and participating users communicated 560 issues, 36% of which concerned rubbish bins.

Last year in a plenary meeting, members of the Formentera Council unanimously adopted a plan to offer islanders the app as a tool to communicate incidents directly.

Council receives visit from SD Formentera

foto visita sd formentera 1At 8.00pm this evening, SD Formentera paid a visit to the Formentera Council. CiF president Jaume Ferrer received a delegation headed up by the club's captain, Xicu Ferrer. The event included a number of pronouncements and a toast to the club's achievement.

Formentera's industrial park to be named “can Bonet”

Foto Ple vista general260517 pThis morning the Formentera Island Council convened its May plenary session, an event which brought unanimous approval for seven propositions, one from the Gent per Formentera governing team, two from Partido Popular (PP), one from the socialist party (PSOE) and two from Compromís. One proposal passed with 11 “yes” votes from Gent per Formentera and Compromís and abstention from PP and PSOE, while another two—from PP and PSOE—were rejected.

Unanimous approval
Attendees united in their support of the following propositions: on two incoming spokespersons for the supervisory board of Formentera's audiovisual management entity; another, backed by PP, to tackle animal neglect and cruelty; a PP proposition to publish small contracts; a PSOE measure to remove signs from completed public works projects and two Compromís-backed measures—one to monitor the Punta Prima sewage pipe and another to raise awareness about respecting cyclists.

OK'd measures
Today's plenary saw approval for a measure, backed by Gent per Formentera and Compromís and spurned by PP and PSOE, to place names on new streets in urban areas and on the island's industrial park. On recommendation from Obra Cultural Balear and Universitat de les Illes Balears, the park will be called can Bonet.

One measure—to promote work in Formentera's countryside—got “yes” votes from all parties, minus PP abstention.

Report-back from Daisee Aguilera
Today's session included a review from environment councillor Daisee Aguilera on the offices she heads up. Highlighting efforts to stem the spread of invasive snakes and the processionary pine beetle, Aguilera also gave her take on the path forward with the island's new plan for waste management and boasted of expanded surveillance—soon to extend from Cala Saona and Es Caló—of watercraft that anchor along Formentera's coasts.

Formentera revives municipal sailing school

Foto jordi vidal i alex buchauThe Formentera Council's Office of Sport has announced that next Wednesday, May 31, a group of students from Marc Ferrer secondary school will be the first to try out the new facilities of the municipal sailing school. The students, winners of the “Aules netes” prize, will take part in nautical activities at the newly reopened school.

Surf club partnership
Under a €18,000 deal with the CiF, Club Surf Formentera takes responsibility for hiring and operations at the centre while the Council oversees administrative functions.

The agreement, expected to be signed into effect next week, will formalise the Council's collaboration with the centre, an organisation headed up by Alex Büchau and Jacques Lauren, two individuals whose commitment to nautical sports goes back to 1981.

Sport councillor Jordi Vidal described the move as “a renewal of the Formentera Council's policy of supporting inclusive sports centres” and affirmed the municipal sailing school “is in sync with the administration's promotion of positive values in sport, active participation in local community, fitness and health”. The effort, says Vidal, reflects the Council's ongoing commitment to sustainability.

New location
The new Escola de Vela is located at the crossroads of carrer de s'Almadrava and camí de Sa Bocana de s'Estany. Equipped with permits from Ses Salines park and coastal authorities, the centre's facilities will remain provisional through summer, awaiting public tender of the plan to construct a Centre d'Esports Nàutics (“Nautical Sports Centre”) in La Savina.

For complete information about activities at the sailing school, or to take part in June signups, visit the Antoni Blanc sport centre or the emaf.cat website.

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