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Crews tidy up at Jardí de ses Eres

foto-2020-jardi-de-ses-eres-3The local works brigade, a division of Formentera’s Department of Island Services, began efforts to paint and perform general repairs and maintenance at the Jardí de ses Eres park in Sant Francesc. Workers will be covering up graffiti, repainting walls and patching up minor cracks and holes. The Ferrovial company has been tapped to cut back overgrown plants and oversee general maintenance of planters.

Efforts remain under way to repave local roads. On Monday workers from Islasfalto will apply a new coat of asphalt to a section of Camí de ses Vinyes in Sant Ferran, requiring crews to close the arterial to vehicle traffic all the way to the roundabout. Access from the Es Pujols side will not be affected.


21 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Alejandra Ferrer and Francina Armengol lay first stone of new school and “escoleta” in Sant Ferran

foto-primera-pedra-1-Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and Balearic first minister Francina Armengol were joined today at noon by local and regional education chiefs Martí March and Susana Labrador, respectively, at a ceremony inaugurating construction of the new primary school and early-learning escoleta.

Also on hand for the gathering were Pilar Costa, who heads Ms Armengol’s office, provincial councillor Sílvia Tur, local vice-presidents Ana Juan and Rafael Ramírez and the Pine Islands’ envoy on education, Margalida Ferrer. Members of the school administration and the association of parents (Apima) attended too, along with representatives of various other authorities.

President Ferrer called it “an important day, because the project set in motion today —construction of two educational centres— is one islanders have clamoured for for years”. “Plus, the one-storey buildings blend in with their surroundings: they’re tailored to Formentera and learning needs here on the island.”

For her part, Armengol touted collaboration between the Consell de Formentera and Govern balear, insisting “it’s what’s behind the best ideas, like for infrastructure such as this, which ticks all the boxes for a better learning environment for our children”.

Councillor Labrador applauded the symbolism inherent in placement of the foundation stone. “It hasn’t been easy making it this far, but we can finally say with certainty that the end is in sight”, she said, applauding the local educational community for “keeping their eyes on the prize all these years” and directing a special nod at the school administration and Apima for their patience.

Armengol, Ferrer, March and Labrador signed written record of the ceremony and oversaw insertion in the building’s foundation of a time capsule — a metal urn containing coins and locally-printed newspapers of the day.

Infrastructure to accommodate 450 children at primary school and 74 at nursery

Plans were drafted by Ibisec and, in the case of the school, include two classrooms for each year level — that is, six groups for what is known in Spain as “infant education” (for children aged three to six) and twelve for primary education (ages six to twelve), accommodating a grand total of 450 pupils. The schools will occupy a 11,037-sq.-m. plot outside Sant Ferran that sits adjacent to the future municipal escoleta, which will also accommodate two groups per level (i.e., 74 children aged zero to three spread across six groups).

Money for the €5.8-million primary school will come from the Balearic ministry of education and universities, while the bill for the nursery, which tops €1.1 million, will be picked up by the Formentera government. Ibisec oversees both the project’s tender and execution of works, which must be completed in 14 months. Crews began work in August, and Mr March asserted that work would be finished within the year. “Children will finish the 2020-21 year in this school”, he said.

Tecopsa Hermanos Parrot is a temporary consortium of firms that will carry out the €6.7-million construction plans.

The Govern balear has requested support from the European Regional Development Fund’s 2014-2020 operational programme.

20 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Open days at pool, futuristic classroom and reusable bottles—all part of ‘Posam Valors a l’Esport’

foto 2020 posam valors esportThe Formentera Department of Sport went public today with its lineup of activities and initiatives planned for 2020 as part of programme to promote sportsmanship and values-based play. Cosponsored by the Govern balear and Formentera’s local government, ‘Posam Valors a l’Esport’ (Let’s Put Values in Sport) aims to promote activities, training and outreach around the principles and positive attitudes inherent in sport.

According to the island’s councillor of sport, Paula Ferrer, this year’s programme will go beyond underscoring the need to defend such principles, and “get families of sportspeople involved, making activities more participatory and inclusive”. “Physical activity is an instrument of integration, in our relationships and for families. So Formentera is on the hook to promote social and educational values”, she said. The councillor also ran through some of the activities on the horizon this year. The Aula del Futur (Classroom of the Future), for instance, is an “innovative and interactive space” promoted by the Department of Sport and conceived as a “gathering place and a place of learning”. Then there are the open days scheduled at the municipal pool from Saturday 22 February. Or distribution of 750 reusable bottles among participants in municipal camps and members of local sport clubs.

Aula del Futur
Now under construction at the local resource centre for teachers (CEP), the Aula del Futur is a multi-disciplinary classroom equipped with computers, videos and screens where school-age sportspeople can share knowledge and take sportsmanlike values even further. Current plans put the classroom’s opening before the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Open days at the municipal pool
The action begins this Saturday at 10.00am with an open day at the local swimming pool—a free event designed to get island families with children of all ages involved in diving, aquatic games and an array of other activities. Additional open days are scheduled 21 March, 25 April and 23 May.


20 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera asks Palma for special strategy and targeted measures to tackle housing problems

reunio---institucional-armengoToday in the Formentera government’s hall of ceremonies, island president Alejandra Ferrer met with Balearic first minister Francina Armengol, local vice-presidents Ana Juan, Susana Labrador and Rafael Ramírez and Ms Armengol’s cabinet minister, Pilar Costa.

The meeting offered a review of the projects developed over the course of the previous term, including the hand-off of authority on tourism promotion, construction of the new school and nursery in Sant Ferran (a visit followed the gathering) and the rollout of formentera.eco —the plan to count and cap vehicle entry on the island— as well as other ventures still in the offing.

One of the priority points was housing. In that regard, Formentera officials called on their counterparts from Palma to create a Comprehensive Housing Office (Oficina Integral de l’Habitatge). President Ferrer placed “an unprecedented housing bill entailing a whole slew of improvements” among the “many steps already taken by the regional government”. “But Formentera’s highly unique situation leaves us in a legal grey area, which is why we need a special plan and specific measures to make sure the right to housing is a reality here.”

For her part, Ms Armengol granted that “some of the housing measures applied elsewhere in the Balearics aren’t applicable to Formentera”. She pledged to listen to proposals from Formentera and see how they could be made to fit with rules backed by the regional government. “A solution here is imperative”, she said, “there are so many people that can’t afford market prices, or, quite simply, aren’t finding any available homes”.

Maritime transport and moorage checks
President Ferrer voiced her hopes that the project to regulate moorage across Formentera’s coast be moved forward. On maritime transport, she acknowledged that the recent securing of early-morning and late-evening ferry passage between Eivissa and Formentera constituted a success, “but continued efforts will be needed to ensure a minimum standard of service, and to protect the route that boats cut across Ses Salines nature reserve”.

Ms Armengol said the Balearic government was ready and willing for more progress in those areas. “Thanks to regulation developing a special funding scheme for the Balearic Islands, we had our first-ever rules on freight transport, including assistance for inter-island shipping with special protocol for Eivissa and Formentera that could mean savings between the two islands of up to 72%”.

Formentera officials also called on their regional counterparts to collaborate in the effort to close the water cycle, including upgrades to water treatment. Other requests involved work to open the Formentera Museum, and recovering traditional use of the island’s salterns.

20 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Crews perform upgrades, repave island roads

foto 1 reasfaltat-camins1Formentera’s municipal services office reports that work began today to clean and clear brush from roadsides and upgrade and repave certain segments of highway. Crews will focus their efforts on the arterials that accommodate Ses Bardetes and the rubbish tip, not to mention Sant Ferran’s Camí de ses Vinyes, and a point along the road to Es Arenals. Islasfalto was brought in to carry out the approximately weeklong €43,000 effort.


19 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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