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Transformation of la Mola lighthouse under way

Inici obres far de la molaThe infrastructure office of the Formentera Council reports that this week work will begin to restore and reshape la Mola's lighthouse as a cultural venue accessible to the public. The €796,549.64 initiative will been overseen by Tragsa.

The nine-month project will entail reforms of the lighthouse's ground floor and entrance, part of an effort to preserve the monument of local heritage and transform it into a vehicle for culture.

In addition to an interpretative centre that will cover island lighthouses such as la Mola's, the rebuilt ground floor will house a museographic collection on local maritime heritage and a multipurpose space for cultural events like exhibitions, concerts, conferences, recitals and stage productions.

The lighthouse will also feature a welcome area, toilets, storage spaces and, at its entrance, a patio for open-air events both cultural and educational in nature. Reforms are possible thanks to an easement agreement between the administration and the Balearic port authority.

Plans to instal pavements on both sides of Sant Francesc thoroughfare

Foto actual del carrer de sant joanNext week the Formentera Council's Office of Infrastructure and Mobility will oversee upgrades on carrer de Sant Joan in Sant Francesc. The work, expected to last one week, will equip the local arterial with pavements to accommodate pedestrian traffic.

Crews will instal a mounted pavement on the east side of the road, which will ultimately connect avinguda Porto-salè and carrer d'Isidor Macabich. Infrastructure and mobility secretary Rafael González says the challenge is to “improve pedestrian safety on a road that currently lacks pavements”.

The new pavement means that vehicle traffic along carrer de Sant Joan, currently a two-way street, will become exclusively north to south. Motorists can access carrer Sant Joan from avinguda Vuit d'Agost; to exit it they must use carrer d'Isidor Macabich. The flow of traffic on nearby arterials will not be affected.

The upgrades followed requests from locals and a related deal struck in a plenary assembly of the Formentera Council.

Formentera works to ensure safe access to nursery and municipal sports pitch

Foto cami segur cami vell1The Formentera Council's mobility office is overseeing a series of upgrades conceived to make Camí Vell de la Mola safer between Sant Francesc and the public buildings that house the nursery and the municipal sports pitch. The €15,000 project will be finished by November 30.

The project entails the creation of two lanes for pedestrians and cyclists, one on either side of the road, a change that mobility secretary Rafael González explained was primarily about safety. The breadth of the road —five metres— will remain unchanged, though it will be split in three: one 3-metre-wide lane for vehicle traffic and two lanes (at least 1 metre across) for people on foot or on two wheels.

Something else that remains untouched on the thoroughfare is two-way vehicle traffic, though the speed limit will drop to 30K/hour and signage will be posted to give walkers and bike riders priority. González says that under the new system, “when two vehicles cross paths, one must yield to the other, without disturbing foot or bicycle traffic,” two groups the secretary assured would always have priority.

Obtaining islanders' buy-in
The measure aims to “promote walking and cycling as an alternative to car travel” and “encourage people setting out from Sant Francesc,” —a mere 900 metres from the nursery and sports pitch, he noted— “to consider making the journey on foot, particularly since so many who visit the facilities are children for sport-related activities”. The most recent mobility study, conducted in August and October of this year, counted a high of 94 cyclists and 12 pedestrians in a three-hour period.

The upgrades are part of a pledge by the administration's senior councillors and the socialist party, PSOE, in the most recent 2017 budgets.

Upgrades start at la Mola's church square

Foto obres placa la molaYesterday at 7.00pm neighbours in la Mola gathered in Casa del Poble to hear about the nearby projects in the works in the months ahead. The president of the Formentera Council, together with the rest of the administration's cabinet of senior councillors, detailed the plans for upgrades on the town square and took stock of the bids to rebrand la Mola's lighthouse as a cultural centre and revamp a local thoroughfare, carrer Àngela Ferrer.

Infrastructure secretary Rafael González reported that today would see the start of construction at the plaça de l'Església (“church square”). Rather than modify the overall look of things, González said the changes would include new pavement, lighting and dry stone walls. The upgrades will cost €50,000 and must be completed in one month.

González also held up improvements scheduled on carrer Àngela Ferrer for early 2018, an effort he said would include burying overhead utility cables and street upgrades. Council staff will benefit from outside assistance in overseeing the project, whose final budgeting is pending the go-ahead from Gesa and Telefónica to bury utility lines.

La Mola lighthouse
The Council's deputy chairwoman and culture secretary, Susana Labrador, gave details about the project to makeover the far (lighthouse) in la Mola. Plans entail reforming the lighthouse's ground floor and entrance in an effort Labrador said was aimed at turning the monument into “a bastion of culture”.

In addition to an interpretative centre for la Mola's and other lighthouses on Formentera, the revamped ground floor will house a museographic collection on the local maritime patrimony and a multipurpose space for cultural events like exhibitions, concerts, conferences, recitals and stage productions. In addition to a welcome area, toilets and storage spaces, the lighthouse will feature, at its entrance, a patio for open-air events both cultural and educational in nature.

The order to execute the €765,550 project will be made when members of the Council meet in plenary this Friday. Crews will begin work in December and have nine months to conclude. The remodel is possible thanks to an easement agreement between the administration and the Balearic port authority.

Formentera's water service launches web portal

web formentera aqualiaThe Formentera Council, in partnership with the concession-holder on water supply and sewage services, Aqualia, encourage residents to check out the company's latest tool in communicating with islanders:  http://www.aqualia.com/ca/web/aqualia-formentera.

With the new site, which is designed to be responsive and enable automatic compatibility with all manner of devices (mobile, tablet and computer), the water company hopes to give customers a direct point of contact where they can locate their office, learn about service changes on the island, visit Aqualia Online's virtual office for customer service issues and get informed about Formentera's municipal water service.

Web content on the site is available in Spanish and Catalán. Download the Smart Aqua app, go paperless with online bill pay, find out about current rates...those are just some of the things customers can do from the site's home screen.

Plus, in the “Actualitat” (“what's new”) section, residents can get all the latest news about the local water service.

The site is AENOR-certified for level AA accessibility (UNEIX 139803:2004).

With all the information you need about waterworks on the island, the site is just one of the ways Aqualia works to satisfy customers, adapting their service to customers' needs and changing technologies. It is a modern service designed for transparency and efficiency, they said.

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