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Consell de Formentera creates free parking spaces on Es Pujols ring road

foto 2020 parquing dissuassiuThe Formentera Department of mobility and Department of Island Services have unveiled free streetside parking spots along the Es Pujols ring road as a short-term fix pending creation of cost-free  overflow parking. Construction of the new overflow lot is currently underway on several public parcels recently handed over to the Consell de Formentera.

The temporary parking spaces have been marked to advise motorists they can be used at no cost and without a pass. Parking metres have likewise been deactivated in the area.

In Es Pujols, hours of enforcement for blue zone metred parking have been shortened from 10.00am-midnight to 9.00am-9.00pm. Motorists can park there at night at no cost.

17 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell and SD Formentera strike deal on use and management of sports pitch

foto 2020 conveni camp esportsWhen Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer sat down today with Toni Roig, president of hometown football club SD Formentera, the two put their signatures on a deal regarding the right to use, and the authority to manage, some of the facilities at the municipal pitch in 2020. Paula Ferrer, the island’s consellera of sports, was on hand at the signing as well.

Under the terms of the deal, the Consell de Formentera authorises SD Formentera to make use of all but the Casal d’Esport, athletics track and north goal storage shed on the pitch.

Meanwhile, SD Formentera pledges to facilitate access, use and enjoyment of the areas in question to local sports associations and other groups whose need for sports facilities has been approved by local government.

SD Formentera promises to oversee upkeep and cleaning of the pitch, a service the Consell de Formentera will compensate to the tune of €14,900.

16 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera police and fire departments place drone at centre of new surveillance and operations unit

foto 2020 dron 1The Formentera interior office reports that local police and the island’s fire department have enlisted a drone in a new surveillance and operations unit staffed by emergency responders. According to department chief Josep Marí, the unit, whose operators include four law enforcement officers and two members of the firefighting brigade, will develop “a multi-disciplinary approach to emergency response around tracking, surveillance and prevention”.

“The unit will complement efforts that have figured in emergency services’ remit for some time now”, said interior conseller Josep Marí. “Today, with the acquisition of a drone and six of our emergency responders receiving training, the team can operate 365 days a year.”

In addition to helping the fire crew pinpoint fires and mark out their perimeter, not to mention reinforcing firefighting operations, the drone will be integral to missing person searches and other emergency operations. For local police, it will aide enforcement of environmental and urban planning regulations, patrols of waterside itinerant vending and crowd reduction measures.

Today was the last day of classes for the six emergency responders who took part in SQA Drones’ course on piloting drones. The local police and firefighters were joined by three participants from Santa Eulària’s police force and environment department. The sessions included four days of on-site training and fifty hours of theory. Two agents from the local Sant Josep force seized the opportunity to hone their skills in drone manoeuvres and share experience with their classmates.

16 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera presses public transport concessionaire to activate summer routes

The Formentera Department of Mobility highlights current mobility demands as the motive behind its appeal to the island’s public transport contractor, Autocares Paya S.L., to start operating summer lines from Friday 17 July.

Local government asked the transport company to assure the same routes and timetables as those active in May and October 2019. The department announced that weekly updates from the firm on usage data would be used in once a week stock-takings regarding whether service increases were in order.

The department additionally indicated that, per the terms of the concession contract which was accepted by the firm, extended until 21 December 2020 and still valid today, failure to produce the reports would open the door to fines for the company.

Unfolding covid-19 crisis
A scaling back of the service had previously taken place against a backdrop of emergency orders in response to the covid-19 crisis, sagging ridership and the vicissitudes of public health. With the 21 June lifting of the state of exception and the conclusion of phase 3 of the “Plan for Transition towards the New Normality” (Pla per a la Transició cap a una Nova Normalitat), the Consell de Formentera believes that standard service should be progressively reinstated. Today, buses service a route combining lines L1 and L2.

In the words of mobility conseller Rafael González, “immediate improvements of the public transport service are crucial to meeting the mobility needs of islanders and tourists”.

15 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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