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Fibre-optic connection in every town on Formentera

fibra-o--ptica1The Department of New Technologies of the Consell de Formentera announces that with the recent completion of work in es Ca Marí, ses Bardetes and part of es Cap de Barbaria, fibre-optic connection is now a reality in every urban centre on the island.

Cosponsored by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), installation of the fibre-optic grid began in 2017, overseen by Telefónica, Teleco and the Consell de Formentera.

In April 2018, Sant Francesc became the first town on the grid; es Pujols, sa Roqueta, the industrial park, Sant Ferran, la Savina, the hospital and its immediate vicinity, es Caló, la Mola, es Ca Marí, ses Bardetes and part of es Cap de Barbaria followed in its wake, with various additional connections near urban areas.

The effort was devised, in part, to bury cabling that had previously been strung overhead.

According to new technologies councillor Vanessa Parellada, the upgrades “bring Formentera up to pace with other territories in Spain”. “Islanders in urban areas, as well as most businesses, now have a fibre-optic connection”, she said. “Next year the plan is to continue expanding to the Formentera's more remote corners.” Parellada pointed out that islanders interested in connecting to the grid should contact telephone service providers.

The second phase of the plan starts in 2020 and will see more far-flung areas of Formentera gaining access to the same grid. The removal of copper cables is also in the works.


6 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera and Govern stake upgrades to energy model on coordination

reunio-4-1-The president of the Consell de Formentera, Alejandra Ferrer, received a visit today from the Balearic minister of energy transition and manufacturing sectors, Juan Pedro Yllanes. The first encounter of its kind, the working meeting saw Ferrer and Yllanes agreeing on the need for coordination in key areas like assuring access to government benefits related to the environment, business, and power supply and the energy transition on Formentera.

Ferrer highlighted recent glitches on the local supply of electricity that occasioned service interruptions and other incidents this summer like a fire in la Mola. “The Govern has pledged its support in getting the firm in question to conduct maintenance to pre-empt any repeats of our situation this summer”, said the president. She also underscored “the need for collaboration in areas like inspections to prevent unfair competition”.

Meeting attendees also tackled the question of the es Ca Marí electricity substation and the activation of a third power cable. Ferrer stressed the importance of analysis in order to gain a clear sense of the shape of Formentera's energy situation. That will be key, in Ferrer's words, to “seeing how we're doing, determining what's still necessary” and making sure islanders are cutting consumption and moving toward clean energy.

The regional minister asserted that on such matters, Formentera's idiosyncrasies “feature prominently on the Govern's radar”. He also pledged his ministry's unflagging support for small- and medium-sized business and held up the Govern's commitment to getting the third electricity-supply cable classified as a public-interest project in order to speed up its installation. He additionally insisted that a sound path towards energy transition locally meant “coordination between Madrid, Palma and Formentera is key”.

Others on hand at the meeting were the director general of energy for the Govern, Ferran Rosa; Formentera's councillor of housing, seniors, trade and entrepreneurship, Ana Juan; the local councillor of mobility and territory, Rafael González and the island councillor for environment and inspections, Antonio J Sanz.

4 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

System to count and cap cars on island wraps up first summer season

The Department of Mobility of the Consell de Formentera announces that the start of the month came with the conclusion of the first-ever effort to regulate vehicles on Formentera roads in July and August.

An average of 20,595 vehicles were on the road in July and August (in the first month the figure was 19,532; in the second, 21,658). Of those, 1,625 belonged to visitors, 8,126 to Formentera residents, 9,276 to car hire companies and 1,568 to other categories of drivers.

Conclusive data and conclusions will be out at the end of the month, but, offering his own early reading of the endeavour's success, mobility councillor Rafa González called it “unprecedented” and held it up as a longtime request of islanders: “Our monitoring confirmed it—this maiden voyage went off without a hitch.”

Fewer vehicles than last year
González also called attention to the achievement of a top priority for the mobility department: 2019 marked the first year that the number of vehicles on the island didn't surpass the previous year's total (some twenty-two thousand). “We are able to say that fewer cars were here this year than last”, said González, “it's a clear break with the pattern in recent years”. The councillor also hailed “the constant collaboration of ferry companies, who kept travellers informed over the last two months”, and also applauded rental car firms “for removing quads from their selection”. He said residents and representatives of the local business community would begin meeting in October to review the rollout and shape plans for the year ahead.


2 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera unlocks €16k in government aid for seniors, people with disabilities

The Department of Social Welfare of the Consell de Formentera announces that applications are now being accepted for assistance for the elderly and people with disabilities. A total of sixteen-thousand euros is available.

Applicants must be Formentera residents and at least 65 years old or have a minimum 33% degree of disability, among other conditions. Individuals with disabilities receiving care outside Formentera can also apply provided their family unit is officially registered as residing on the island.

An evaluatory committee will be charged with designating the projects to receive assistance. The money is intended to defray costs that might correspond to upgrading a vehicle to make it accessible, paying for eyeglasses, contact lenses, dental prosthetics, hearing aids, hospital beds, rehabilitation (phsyiotherapy, speech therapy), etc.

Applications must be submitted to the Consell de Formentera's Department of Social Welfare, Management and Transparency (conselleria de Benestar Social, Gerència i Transparència) or the Citizen's Information Office by 23 September 2019.

2 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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