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Formentera to have “best practises manual to assure protection of patrimony”

foto casa can damia des trullAccording to the Formentera Council's Office of Local Heritage, a team of architects specialised in restoring cultural heritage sites has since June been teeing up a study on traditional architecture on Formentera. The study follows the 2014 adoption by the Consell del Patrimoni Històric (Council on Historical Patrimony) of a national plan for traditional architecture. In the words of CiF heritage councillor Susana Labrador, the study is intended to promote “criteria, methods and efforts to document, investigate, protect, restore, disseminate and frame traditional architecture as a fundamental part of the cultural heritage of each of Spain's regions.”

The study's authors set out first to analyse and explain the influence of a shifting economic model in the 1960s and 1970s on Formentera's traditional architecture. Second, they aimed to establish the criteria and protocol to guide projects that effect traditional architecture. The goal of the study is to conserve and maintain aspects of cultural value (buildings, materials and construction techniques) without losing sight of the need to uphold current standards of comfort and well-being. The authors of the study had one year to complete their work. Councillor Labrador envisions the completed study will serve as a sort of “best practises manual, which should be a benchmark for future projects on buildings that represent Formentera's traditional architectural heritage”.

Research team
At the helm of the team are Dr Fernando Vegas and Dr Camila Mileto, lecturers at Universitat Politècnica de València. Both have strong backgrounds in historical heritage site restoration, namely in the region of Valencia, and are joined in their work by Aina Serrano Espases, who is a historical heritage specialist on the Mallorca Council and a representative of the technical committee for the national plan on traditional architecture. The team also enjoys the help of Jaume Escandell Guasch, cultural heritage specialist of the Formentera Council.

The project, which receives the whole of its €16,500 in funding from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, was adopted by the traditional architecture plan's technical committee after initially being proposed by the region of the Balearic Islands. As Councillor Labrador pointed out, four programmes and courses of action are laid out in the plan. Of those, the fourth deals with “dissemination, transmission and co-operation”.

Formentera stands with people of Italy

foto minut silenci italiaAt noon today the Formentera Council held a minute of silence on the front steps of the Casa Consistorial as a show of solidarity with the Italian people in the wake of Wednesday's earthquake, a catastrophe that has so far claimed more than 260 lives and left numerous missing and injured. CiF president Jaume Ferrer lamented the tragedy and extended his condolences to the entire community of Italians on Formentera, formed both by residents and visitors.

Fire crews get flames at Formentera house fire under control

foc casa pagesa2Formentera fire fighters have controlled a fire that broke out in a home in the es Pi des Català neighbourhood. The alert was first sounded by a neighbour at 12.30am, early in the morning on Thursday, August 25. Brigade chief Iván Marí pointed to the already advanced stage of the blaze when his men arrived on the scene as evidence that “the fire had probably been going for some time”. Though the crew was able to control the flames by 1.15am, the fire wasn't entirely extinguished until 3.40am.

Marí said the cause of the fire was not immediately clear, although he allowed for the possibility that the source was electric. He highlighted the fact the house's occupants —away from home at the time of the fire— escaped injury. The approximately 90-square-metre home was completely destroyed by the flames. The response crew was formed by three Formentera fire fighters, who had use of a firetruck, a pickup and a patrol car of Formentera local police.

Formentera rallies behind Italy after quake

The Formentera Council is expressing its solidarity with the Italian nation on the heels of an earthquake that rocked the centre of the country yesterday, Wednesday August 24. The catastrophe has for now left a body count of more than 240, in addition to numerous missing and injured.

Tomorrow, Friday August 26 at 12 noon, a minute of silence will be observed out of respect for the lives claimed by the earthquake and for the victim's families. It will take place on the front steps of the Council (Casa Consistorial) in the Sant Francesc town square.

Fresh charges brought against itinerant vendors, street-side promoters

foto venda ambulant agost 2016The Formentera Council president's office has reported on eight new charges, brought last weekend by the Formentera local police, of itinerant selling at island beaches. From Friday August 19 to Sunday August 21, agents of law and order issued three charges of illegally peddling jewellery and clothing as well as five charges for selling fruit and beverages. Officers confiscated 172 bracelets, 38 dresses, 174 refreshments and various pieces of fruit, sandwiches and salads. Charges were also brought in one alleged case of street-side promoting, also called “dynamic publicity”.

In recent months Formentera police have pursued 34 cases of itinerant vending and brought charges for eight counts of street-side promoting. The goal behind the current law enforcement push is to stem the instances of such crimes.

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