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La Mola neighbourhood meetup

Cartell reunio veins la mola def webAt 7.00pm on Tuesday, November 21, la Mola's Casa del Poble will host a gathering to update area residents on the progress of initiatives in the neighbourhood. President Jaume Ferrer and the administration's cabinet councillors will outline anticipated upgrades of the town's central square as well as plans to remodel and rebrand la Mola's lighthouse as a facility with multiple functions, among them as a cultural venue.

Jaume Ferrer welcomes Santiago Marí on senator's visit to Formentera

Foto reunio senadorToday at the head office of the Formentera Council, President Jaume Ferrer and Councillor Susana Labrador sat down with Santiago Marí, the senator of Eivissa and Formentera. The two Formentera officials seized the opportunity of Senator Marí's first official visit to speak to him about infrastructural and service-based issues related to the national government.

President Ferrer renewed some longstanding petitions on the island, that Formentera be assigned its own senator, for instance. He also highlighted the Formentera plenary assembly's unanimous vote urging local offices of the national police to regularly provide services such as delivery of ID cards, passports and immigration documents, and spoke about the importance of maintaining robust law enforcement and security forces in summer. The officials also asked Senator Marí to go to bat for Formentera on the issue of rubbish, so that waste transfer costs from Formentera to Eivissa receive some state funding.

Renewal of highways agreement
President Ferrer also spoke about the need to renew the two administrations' agreement on highways, which would entail upgrades on main thoroughfares like the one linking la Savina and la Mola, the road to Cala Saona, or a still incomplete stretch of the road to Es Cap. Moreover, he highlighted the pressing nature of a new power cable connecting Eivissa and Formentera, and the Council's suggested improvements to the plan.

Ferrer reminded Senator Marí that Formentera hasn't forgotten its commitment to securing “a fair delimitation of the island's coasts” and bemoaned the elusiveness of redress for those affected by “the last failed attempt to modify legislation governing the coastline”.

Upgrades on two main Sant Ferran arterials to begin mid-November

Foto reunio veins de sant ferranv2Formentera Council president Jaume Ferrer and the rest of the administration's team of senior councillors sat down yesterday evening with members of the Sant Ferran community to give an update on the projects due for completion in town this winter. The presentation got started at 7.30pm in the nearby seniors centre, el Centre de Majors.

Rafael González, Formentera's head of infrastructure, reported that upgrades on two streets —carrer Guillem de Montgrí and carrer València— are on track for a mid-November start. The cost of work on the two key Sant Ferran thoroughfares will cost €1.6 million. The two streets' meeting point will be made into a plaza, with vehicle traffic through town and towards Es Pujols restricted.

For her part, Formentera's education and culture secretary, Susana Labrador, explained that staff of her assorted departments —education, culture and patrimony— would soon relocate to a street-level space beside the CiF Offices of Tourism and Environment on carrer Mallorca. The town's new reading point will soon open next door as well.

Mention was also made of the Govern balear's planned construction, now that the Council has now issued permits, of new primary and nursery schools in Sant Ferran.

New hybrid vehicles added to Formentera local police fleet

Foto vehicles policia localFormentera Council president Jaume Ferrer, president's office secretary Bartomeu Escandell and Joan Mayans, head of Policia Local de Formentera, congregated in plaça de la Constitució to unveil the law enforcement agency's latest acquisition: two new hybrid vehicles.

The pair of Toyota RAV4s, hybrid all-terrain vehicles, had a total cost of €57.829 (VAT included). The local police force will use the SUVs to replace part of its arsenal purchased ten years ago. Councillor Escandell said that in making the purchase, the administration took into account cars' “adaptability to local terrain and environmental sensitivity”.

In all, Formentera's local police fleet comprises four cars (two hybrids and two combustion engines), one van, four motorcycles and one tow-truck.

Neighbourhood gathering to discuss projects in Sant Ferran

Cartell reunio veins st ferranThe Formentera Council has convened a meeting to inform residents of Sant Ferran about projects on the horizon this winter and other initiatives. The presentation is scheduled to take place Friday, November 3, at 7.30pm in the Sant Ferran seniors' centre (Centre de Majors).

At the event Council president Jaume Ferrer will be joined by the administration's senior councillors as residents are given a glimpse of upgrades —set to begin in November— across two of the town's thoroughfares, carrers Guillem de Montgrí and València.

Attendees will also get a look at the education, culture and patrimony department's relocation in the coming months to a street-level space on carrer Mallorca. The departments will sit alongside the Council's culture and environment office. A new punt de lectura, or reading space, is also scheduled to open shortly in a neighbouring locale.

Updates will likewise be given on the Govern balear's build of the new Sant Ferran primary school and nursery (escoleta), set to move forward now that the Council has issued building permits.

The changes, says Ferrer, aim to revamp Sant Ferran as “the island's cultural centre”. He added that when construction of the new school is completed, a project will begin to equip the former school grounds with a space for culture and the arts.

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