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During 8 days in August Formentera hits vehicle threshold and traffic falls 8.5% from all-time high in 2017

foto 2022ix final for ecoThe Formentera Office of Mobility reports that yesterday marked the final day of formentera.eco enforcement in 2022. From 15 June to 15 September, motor vehicles driven on the island must have a corresponding authorisation.

According to Rafael González, councillor of mobility, in the programme's fourth year, the limit on vehicle permits was reached during eight days in August (6-8/10-14 August) and an average of 955 requests were turned down per day. In 2020 the island reached its vehicle carrying capacity for four days, and in 2021, five days.

Lighter traffic
Based on roadside tallies performed when the number of incoming vehicles crested between 5 and 14 August, traffic dropped 8.5% compared to 2017, when Formentera logged its historic high. Similar counts were also performed in 2019 and 2021. Comparatively, traffic in 2022 is down 2.5%.

Case study: the stretch of greatest saturation between Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran
For ten peak days in August, 2017, the average number of vehicles on the road was 21,328; in 2019 the average was 20,436; in 2021, 20,372 and in 2022, 19,617. Traffic dropped 4% from 2019/2021 to 2022 and 8% from 2017 to 2022.

While more exhaustive analysis remains pending, Rafael González stated that "this year's results demonstrate the effectiveness of regulation, and why it is so important". "Formentera.eco is crucial because it kept new businesses from opening, prevented six rental firms from expanding their fleets and, for ten days in August, kept an average of 955 vehicles off local roads. The considerable drop in traffic is a testament to its effectiveness". The councillor added that, in fact, "reports indicate that this year traffic appears more fluid and our roads appear less saturated. This, along with promotion of more sustainable modes of transport, is one of formentera.eco's main objectives".

Next year the ceiling on incoming vehicles will be lowered by an additional 4%, bringing the four-year cumulative decrease to 16%. In 2020 the Council of Entities (Consell d'Entitats, CdE) voted to set this 16% decrease as a legislative target. At the end of the season, the CdE will reconvene to analyse all the data in detail and prepare the 2023 regulation.

16 September 2022
Communications Office
Council of Formentera

Formentera's digitised supply network means 11,500m3 in yearly water savings

foto 2022ix felibIn the last three years, efforts by the Consell de Formentera and Aqualia to digitise the urban water supply network have made it possible to signal indoor leaks and reduce water lost on the local grid by an average of 11,500 cubic metres a year.

These data were presented on Wednesday at a conferewnce on good practices in sustainable water management in tourism-oriented municipalities of the Balearics. Officials, including Antoni Tur, councillor of environment, gathered in Palma for the conference, part of LIFE WAT'SAVEREUSE, a project of the European Union.

Councillor Tur highlighted work by the Consell de Formentera and Aqualia to oversee the technological transformation of the municipal water service since the pioneering plan was launched in 2017. He drew attention to features like remotely controlled sector meters and improvements allowing fast and secure data consultation, alerts and remote operations, and service upgrades through integration with the Water Anaylitics Platform.

Tur also asserted that, at the conference, Formentera was held up as an example and a national benchmark, "since roughly 100% of our meters operate with remote reading technology". Finally, Tur stressed that the commitment to enhanced water management on the island "isn't just key to improving the service, it mitigates the impact of the effects of climate change".

Formentera's 52-kilometre water grid was operating at 92.71% at year-end 2021, making it one of the best performing networks in the Balearic Islands. Digitised urban water has meant improvements for Formentera's supply network and end users alike. Detection of 18 incidents in 2021 prevented average losses of 530 litres an hour and exorbitant water bills.

Formentera's 2,900 meters issue real-time readings automatically, sending hourly updates to the control centre in Sant Francesc.

16 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

As Formentera tots return to nurseries, Consell waives tuition wholesale and annual fee for year-three students

foto 2022ix inici escoletes BThe Formentera Office of Education is pleased to announce that the 2022-2023 school year began today in local escoletes (nurseries). In total, 34 zero- to three-year-olds began classes at the Sant Ferran location and another 84 at Sa Miranda. The Consell is pleased to announce a waiting list of zero as the school year got under way. Twenty-three professionals work in the nurseries, among them educators, support personnel and administrative staff. Also noteworthy is the work of the kitchen and cleaning staff.

Free tuition
Susana Labrador, councillor of education and culture, pointed out that this year, as a special measure, the annual €70 tuition fee would be waived for all students. Schooling from 8.30am to 12.30pm will also be free for year-three students. Fees for the early-bird school, canteen and break time will remain in place.

As Councillor Labrador explained, "we are working to help all families by amending the ordinance to reduce part of the fee for 8.30am-to-12.30pm classroom learning and for years one and two of early-childhood education". Application of the measure is pending the modification of the associated ordinance. Discounts and exemptions provided for in the escoletes ordinance will be maintained and, as with large families, single-parent families will now benefit from a 30% reduction.

Councillor Labrador underscored "the tremendous budgetary effort that offering this service requires", and asserted, "We have been committed to it from the beginning. This is a priority for families". Likewise, Formentera will continue to request greater financial support from the Balearic and central governments so that free education is extended to all levels of the first period of infant education.

Hours and services
The escoletes are open from 7.30am to 4.00pm. This schedule includes early-bird service, normal classroom learning, canteen and break time.

Maintenance work
During the first half of September, upkeep and upgrades were performed by subcontractors and the Consell de Formentera works brigade, part of the Formentera Office of Island Services.

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Escoleta Sa Miranda:
At Sa Miranda, crews replaced grass in the main courtyard, cleaned, removed mould, repaired and painted interiors, carpentry and doors, and more. They also put in a bicycle parking area and new shelving, and cleaned and performed repairs in outdoor areas.

Escoleta Sant Ferran:
Awnings were installed in the outdoor patios and water fountains were put into in the courtyards. The team of educators prepared classrooms and other areas of the school for arriving students "in one of life's most important educational stages, the cornerstone of their future," said Labrador, who praised "the great work done by escoleta teams" and wished both workers and students "a pleasant year".

15 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera celebrates Sustainable Mobility Week by promoting cycling

The Formentera Office of Mobility is pleased to announce that 2022 European Sustainable Mobility Week will run Friday 16 September to Thursday 22 September, with two local actions to promote sustainable mobility.

Conventional and electric bicycles
20 to 22 September, 10.00am to 1.00pm in Sant Francesc's Plaça de la Constitució, Formentera's two bicycle vendors will present an array of conventional and electric bicycles. Residents can try them and learn about special discounts currently available. There will also be bicycle accessories, such as helmets, lights, vests and more.

Free tune-ups for residents
20 to 22 September, local cyclists will also benefit from a free servicing and tune-up. Taller Es Brolls Formentera (Carretera de la Savina, km 2) will offer the service from 8.00am to 7.00pm, and Formentera Cycles (Carrer Guillem de Montgrí, 35, Sant Ferran) will offer it from 4.00pm to 8.00pm.

Residents with an ID card and certificate of residence (preferably on mobile phone/paperless) can visit the shops and an expert will offer a free tune-up. The offer includes basic servicing of the chain, wheels and brakes.

Rafael González hopes that these actions will get "more people on the island moving around on electric or conventional bicycles. These vehicles adapt very well to the characteristics of the island". Finally, the councillor pointed out that sustainable mobility also includes buses, which until 31 December are also free for residents.

15 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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