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Registration for summer school runs 5-15 June

foto escola estiu 2019 1The Formentera Council youth services department will conduct enrolment for the island's 2019 summer school programme—the Escola d'Estiu—from Wednesday 15 June to Tuesday 21 June. Applications may be submitted in person at the Citizen's Information Office, or OAC, Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 2.00pm, or online on the OVAC (www.consellinsulardeformentera.cat). The order in which families register does not determine priority.

To enrol, children must be aged three to twelve or have been born between 2007 and 2015. A selection may be made at signup depending on whether a child wishes to attend activities at sites at primary schools in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran or la Mola. For families living on the island and included on the municipal padró, monthly tuition is €140 or €220 for two months. The summer programme runs 1 July to 30 August and weekdays from 9.00am to 2.00pm. For an extra €25 per month, children have the option to make two weekly visits to the swimming.

Social welfare councillor Vanessa Parellada described the programme as designed to offer “educational leisure activities for children in a fun, adapted environment” and create an alternative for parents looking to “balance work and family during the summer months”.


3 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Motorists to find out from today if July and August driving requests get green light

The Formentera Council mobility department reports that from today (31 May), motorists who have visited formentera.eco to seek authorisation to enter, drive and park on the island in July and August will begin receiving confirmation if their reservations are accepted.

Since its 15 April launch, the formentera.eco reservations portal has received 3,796 requests—1,936 by tourists, 823 by Formentera locals and 204 by residents of Eivissa.

Payment
Next week will come with the rollout of a payment portal where visitors from outside the Balearics who are subject to a daily fee of one euro to use their cars (or €0.50/day for scooters) can complete the process in a single step. The site can be accessed and credit card payment processed as soon as a petition has been made specifying the days one plans to visit.

Formentera residents are exempt from the fee, as are Eivissa residents and motorists in the rest of the Balearics. Authorisation will be automatic and the online application unnecessary for vehicles belonging to Formentera residents which have already been cleared for blue zone parking.

Rental cars
From next week car hire companies on the island will be notified by phone with the user name and password required for registration. Businesses must visit formentera.eco and click on the empreses de lloguer (car hire companies) section in the condicions especials (special conditions) part of the website. A plate number will be required to finalise the permit to operate a vehicle on local roads in July and August.

Acting mobility councillor Rafael González held up 2019 as year zero of the pathbreaking anti-congestion and conservation-forward programme in Spain. “It's also about giving tourists what they want: a calm, tranquil island where they can enjoy their holidays”.


31 May 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Cleaning crews take on la Savina canal

foto-neteja-canal-de-la-savina1The Formentera Council environment office reports that cleaning operations will be carried out today (30 May) on a canal in la Savina near salterns called salines d'en Ferrer. The administration brought in an outside firm to oversee the work after reports that the freshwater drainage canal was in less than ideal condition due to clogged up waste. A technical study piloted by the Council determined that failure to drain properly meant that water remained stagnant, causing a foul smell and an explosion of insect numbers.

The Council has pledged to pay €1,875.50 (VAT included) for the work, which will be conducted between 8.00am to 6.00pm. The last time similar actions were taken was three years ago. As in the photo below, crews will focus on a segment of the canal which abuts the salines d'en Ferrer and lies between Gregal and Ponent streets, where the canal drains into estany des Peix.

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CiF Office of Environment has pointed out the section in question is crosscut by a number of pipes, among them sewage. The Council's requests to have the pipes removed are currently being processed, an initiative which is included in a strategy to replace and upgrade the local sanitation grid that being driven by the Balearic agency for water and environmental quality, Abaqua.


30 May 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Islanders take time to clear rock piles

photo-2019-05-29-08-30-40-1-This Saturday, 1 June, volunteers will gather in the es Trucadors area of the island for a morning of education and rock pile removal. All those interested in taking part should reserve their spot by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Volunteers coming from Eivissa will meet at the Formentera ferry terminal at 8.30am and have a free shuttle service. Formentera residents will gather directly at es Ministre car park at 10.30am.

The idea is to remove at least some of the piled up stones in the area. Participants will learn about how stacking up stones poses problems for many native species, not to mention the landscape.


29 May 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

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