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Neighbourhood gathering to discuss road work on Sant Ferran street

cartell reunio veins st ferran1The Formentera Council's infrastructure office has convened a informational meeting to apprise Sant Ferran residents of looming upgrades on avinguda Joan Castelló i Guasch. The gathering is scheduled for Tuesday December 18 at 8.00pm in the Sant Ferran seniors' centre (Centre Social i de Majors).

The road work was outlined in the run-up to a similar meeting in 2017, when islanders were given a booklet containing a road map for the project. Tuesday's meeting will be primarily focused on explaining the particulars of the work set to take place.

Avinguda Joan Castelló i Guasch upgrades

The planned upgrades on the avinguda (“avenue”) known as Joan Castelló i Guasch covers a range of pavement surface improvements as well as the undergrounding of services like sanitation, drinking water, telephone, electricity and street lights.

Infrastructure councillor Rafael González promised the upgrades would bear similarities to work last winter on two local streets, or carrers: Guillem de Montgrí and València. Said the councillor, “At the time we did away with architectural barriers, expanded pedestrian walkways and implemented metred parking. This new project represents a continuation of the previous upgrades so that the entire town enjoys the same conditions”. The proposal also incorporates a dedicated bike lane along the length of the road and various electric-vehicle recharge points.

Engineers plan to carry out the project in two parts, one this winter and one next. The four-month deadline of the first portion is intended to ensure completion in time for the 2019 tourist season.

Formentera lines up basic course for firefighters

foto curs bombers 2018 3The president's office of the Formentera Council reports that a basic firefighting course will be held on Formentera December 10-22.

Intended for aspiring firefighters on the island who have successfully completed the selective process and are listed in Formentera's pool of job seekers, the 72-hour course mixes textbook-based and hands-on learning and is tuned for the realities of service needs on the island.

Instruction will cover first aid, traffic accidents, hazardous goods, work at height, indoor and outdoor fires, and a control and command module.

About 15 students will take part in the course, designed and driven by a nine-person team of healthcare teachers and veteran firefighters from the Emergency Staff company.

'Cantam Nadales'—an evening of carols and hot chocolate

nadal-2017-nadalesFriday from 7 pm in Sant Ferran's plaça Guillem de Montgrí, the primary-school children of CEIP El Pilar in la Mola and Mestre Lluís Andreu in Sant Francesc will join the Formentera municipal band in putting on a Christmas concert. After a selection of holiday carols dubbed “Cantam Nadales”, or “We sing Christmas carols”, performers and onlookers alike are invited to hot chocolate and coca dolça fit for those with gluten and lactose intolerances.

This year is the concert's first in the recently completed Sant Ferran square, instead of Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució as in years past.

Starting Saturday, Diverespai is back

diverespai-2017This Saturday the Formentera Council’s social welfare office welcomes Diverespai. A play space with activities and inflatable toys for children aged 3 to 12, Diverespai will be on the island December 15-19, Saturday to Wednesday, from 9.30am to 1.30pm and again from 4.00pm to 8.00pm. For three mornings starting December 17 the installation will be reserved for local schools.

Social welfare councillor Vanessa Parellada pointed out that every year “one of the best parts of the Christmas holiday comes right at the start”.

Inflatables and crafts
Diverespai is set up in IES Marc Ferrer secondary school’s sport module and is staffed by a team of 13 youth workers who supervise play. Giant blow-up castles, animals and shapes adorned with staircases, nets and obstacles are arrayed across the park while attendants propose guided play, face-painting and assorted arts and crafts.

Learn through play
“The idea is to fuse learning and fun—using play to fuel imaginations and creativity”, said Parellada. She noted “children are conscious that playing together makes us better at living together” and concluded, “It’s not a bad lesson for the start of the holiday season”.

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