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Decision to slash metred parking pay period fuelled by resident requests, officials say

Ple desembre 2015 premsaThe Formentera Council convened officials and party representatives for the administration's final plenary assembly of 2015. The session was marked by the announcement that definitive approval had been secured for the administration's 2016 budget and of a deal reached by the cabinet committee concerning 12 comments on legislation behind a tax on holiday rentals. Tourism secretary Alejandra Ferrer said the administration would support the measure “as a means to an end to benefit a clear cause, namely the environment”.

The assembly approved the early stage of a plan to tweak the regulatory tax code related to vehicle parking in La Savina, plus a revamping of the regulatory by-law defining the town's parking services. The two proposals won backing from every group save for abstaining Partido Popular representatives. Mobility secretary Rafael González outlined the central features of the planned changes and, in response to requests from the La Savina neighbourhood association and representatives of area businesses, highlighted a rollback in the pay-to-park system's summer hours (metred service will be in effect 9.00am—9.00pm instead of until midnight), explaining that “no parking issues arose during that part of the evening”.

The other important change González pointed to was the creation of parking plans for €200 a month in summer and €100/month in winter. For full-time Formentera residents that amount will be fully refundable and for home-owners or renters in La Savina who stay on the island for more than three months yearly, it will be half off. González explained islanders could expect to see a phase-out of free parking decals as “controls will henceforth be conducted directly via parking metres”.

Individuals with reduced mobility will be exempt and not required to obtain a parking pass. The secretary also highlighted efforts currently under way to find an overflow lot where motorists could park a maximum of five days in a row. Representatives of PSOE and Compromís praised the metred parking system's inaugural year. PP representatives, for their part, criticised what they called “changes which were rushed through”.

The session also ended in unanimous support for the proposed creation of a regulation concerning volunteers for sporting events. Two PSOE measures that got cross-party support involved the implementation of renewable energy systems in Council buildings and an appeal to the central government in Madrid to protect the right to housing.

Disability assessments now possible on Formentera

Foto valoracio grau discapacitat premsaYesterday, the Govern Balear staff specialists in charge of assessing degrees of discapacity visited the Formentera day centre. Vicent Verdera, an 84 year old Formentera-native, was the first patient the workers met with. According to Mr Verdera’s daughter, Pepita, though almost two years have gone by since doctors amputated her father’s leg, architectural barriers have meant Mr Verdera has been unable to make the trip to Eivissa to have his disability assessed. The Verderas were not alone. Two other patients at the day centre also benefitted from the visit by the employees of the Govern. Other specialists – a doctor, a psychologist and a social worker – are also available to come to Formentera upon request, thus sparing residents trips to Eivissa, explained Vanessa Parellada, head of Formentera’s office of social welfare.

Until now, Formentera residents who needed the degree of their disability assessed were required to schedule an appointment and travel to Eivissa, «with all the inconveniences that came along with it», added Councillor Parellada. «We proposed a possible solution to the regional minister of social services – Fina Santiago – and she accepted», said Parellada, pointing out that the Govern was itself eager to ensure social services were within the reach of Formentera residents.

The Council pays for the specialists’ travel costs to the Formentera day centre, where they have access to a work space. Interested individuals, Parellada concluded by saying, can contact the social services office of Formentera – or Eivissa – for more information or to request a local visit by one of the available specialists.

Sports centre to close during Christmas holiday

poliesportiu4Councillor of sports Jordi Vidal, speaking on behalf of the Formentera Council (CiF), has announced that the Antoni Blanc sports centre will be closed over the Christmas holiday. The centre will remain closed from 23 December through 6 January 2016. Staff will reopen the centre on the 7th, although regular activity will not resume until 11 January 2016.

According to the councillor, on the 7th and 8th January the centre will stay open from eight in the morning till nine at night. Morning classes will take place as usual, although in the afternoon activities will be restricted to use of the workout equipment and -at the pool- open swim. Councillor Vidal apologised for the inconvenience caused by the service interruption but said it would allow «staff of the Antoni Blanc centre some well-deserved rest» and «maintenance crews the time to carry out certain necessary upgrades».

Tennis club and Baleària form partnership

Signatura conveni tennis premsaFormentera's tennis club – El Club de Tennis Illa de Formentera – has signed a collaborative accord with Fundació Baleària, the charitable branch of the maritime transport company, to provide transportation for budding Formentera athletes between the islands and mainland Spain. Francisco Luna, president of the tennis club, and Fundació Baleària's director Ricard Pérez met today at 1:30 in Formentera to sign the document into effect.

Also present at the signing was Formentera Council (CiF) councillor of sport Jordi Vidal, who reminded those in attendance of the standing agreement by which the CiF confers management of the municipal tennis school to Club de Tennis Illa de Formentera. The club currently has 150 members, 50 of which are children. Members of the club took the opportunity to present the Baleària executives with two photographs of their 2015 competitive group. After the signing, the Baleària officials stayed on a bit longer and renewed a travel expenses accord that Baleària has with another local sports club, Grup Esportiu Espalmador.

Formentera to hand financial data over to regional auditors

Signatura conveni Sindicatura ComptesThe Formentera Council (CiF) will facilitate access to its economic, fiscal and accounting data for the regional court of auditors (Sindicatura de Comptes). CiF president Jaume Ferrer and the court’s chief receiver, Joan Rosselló, signed an agreement today that will allow the Council to hand over its financial information to the Sindicatura, which has auditing authority. Ferrer indicated today’s move means Formentera will uphold a commitment ratified on 13 June 2015 in a plenary session of the Council.

The court of auditors will have access to the Council’s accounting system and be allowed to review all accounts closed, including activity by third-party businesses that is included in the CiF’s general budget. Furthermore, in order to assure an exhaustive audit, the Council is committing to «full cooperation with the auditors». The partnership was signed between the two groups today at noon in the head office of the Sindicatura de Comptes, in Mallorca, and will remain in effect indefinitely.

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