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Heart of Es Pujols and seaside promenade to get make-over this winter

projecte es pujols - vista passeig 1Earlier today in a one-off plenary session, CiF council members adopted —despite abstention from Compromís per Formentera— a plan to repave an arterial and reconstruct various pieces of urban furniture in Es Pujols. Construction, which will affect the centre of Es Pujols as well as the passeig marítim, the town's waterside promenade, will begin November 1, reported the Council's infrastructure councillor Rafael González.

The improvements will include a full reconstruction of utilities in the area: sanitation (rain water collection and sewage), water supply (fire hydrants and street cleaning), electricity and telecommunication. The street in question will be repaved using the same stone as what was employed for a remodel of carrer Roca Plana. Other changes will involve a new, integrated seaside walkway and various aesthetic improvements, including removing a stone wall and creating a wooden promenade.

The project has an estimated price tag of 2,445,750.68 euros and is expected to be complete in six months. This year a budget line for some 330,000 euros will be freed up in order to cover construction costs. Said Councillor González, next year, the remaining cost will be covered by a combination of the Council's own, as well as external, funding.

Formentera schools freshened up

foto tancat escola sant francescThe Formentera Council Office of Infrastructure has reported on a recently-completed initiative to install new fencing around the island's primary schools. The project included switching out the old fence that circled Mestre Lluís Andreu primary school (200 metres at the upper building and 185 m at the lower building) for a new one. Similar substitutions were made in Sant Ferran, where 60 m of fence were replaced, and la Mola (43 m of exterior fencing and 45 m around the early learning playground). The cost of the projects was 21,000 euros plus VAT.

To ensure school-zone road safety, the vehicle speed limit has been set at 30 km per hour and new signage is up with both vertical signs and painted indications on the asphalt. The signs are in place at Sa Miranda nursery school, Camí Vell nursery school, Mestre Lluís Andreu, Sant Ferran and la Mola primary schools and Marc Ferrer secondary school. Materials for the project ran €600 and labour was handled by Council staff.

Public works improvements in Es Pujols

Foto obres Es Pujols 2016The Formentera Council's Office of Infrastructure has announced the completion of improvement work in the town of Es Pujols. The CiF's councillor in charge of infrastructure, Rafael González, reported that aside from general improvements on carrer Aigua Dolça, the road was lengthened by 60 metres in order to link it with carrer Fonoll Marí. The councillor said the change would create routes for vehicles entering and exiting the plaça d'Europa parking lot.

Additionally, the project gave Es Pujols the island's first urban-area bike lanes. (Previously, the only such lanes were located at roundabouts and along the highway.) The changes were carried out respecting surrounding vegetation and, as Councillor González was proud to highlight, no pine trees were felled in the process. According to the councillor, this first improvements push constitutes an example of the kinds of initiatives the CiF infrastructure office hopes to implement across Es Pujols. The current works project had a total cost of 1,135,615.24 euros.

Plaça Europa and carrer Rocaplana
González took the opportunity to point out another recently-completed addition: a landscaped, shaded area at plaça Europa aimed at turning the Es Pujols square into “a place for tourists and locals alike to take in the surroundings and get a respite from the hot sun.” What's more, cracked tiles were replaced along carrer Rocaplana and the street's pavement was reset. Traffic along the arterial will now be exclusively restricted to pedestrians. That project had a total cost of 113,778.33 euros.

Public light improvements in Sant Ferran and Es Pujols

foto nou enllumenat sant ferran EDITBefore summer, the Formentera Council's office of infrastructure will equip the towns of Sant Ferran and Es Pujols with 15 new lampposts, and a total of 24 lights. According to department head Rafael González, in recent weeks municipal crews have installed nine streetlamps along two Sant Ferran streets, carrers Sol and Castaví, “where the Citroën is located”.

Saying the crews' work would precede the start of the upcoming tourist season, the councillor detailed plans to install seven new lampposts “near the Sant Ferran roundabout, (along camí de Ses Vinyes), between carrers Tarragona i de Sa Finca” as well as “three more on camí de Cala en Baster.

Work in Es Pujols

In Es Pujols, the public works will include three new lampposts “on carrer King Crimson, at the Es Pujols chemists” and two more “on camí de Can Jaume d'en Sala, expanding on last year's installation of three streetlamps there”.

Said Councillor González, “this came at the petition of local residents, who requested improvements to the outdoor public lighting on the island”. González stated the total cost of the instalation was approximately €30,000.

Jaume Ferrer calls Govern's aid for waste transfer disappointing

Presentacio pressupostos premsaThe chief of the tax office and administrations of the Govern Balear, Catalina Cladera, together with the Balearic administration's director general of budgets and financing, Joan Carrió, joined Formentera Council president Jaume Ferrer to unveil the budgets allocated by the autonomous community. The presentation – titled Pressupostos de la Comunitat Autònoma de les Illes Balears – took place this afternoon at the Council's head office.

Cladera said the budgets invest heavily in «social services, education, public health and employment policies». Carrió highlighted a 2016 budget which will include 2.8 million euros to begin construction of the primary school in Sant Ferran. According to the budgets and financing head, the 2017 portion of the budget will contain another 3.7m to pay off the remaining costs. Carrió put completion of the building in time «for the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year».

The CiF president thanked his counterparts for having made the trip in person, calling it «something we haven't seen in the last four years». He expressed his satisfaction at seeing «building works for the Sant Ferran school finally included in the budget». The Council had reiterated its appeal repeatedly over the years and the issue was the line in the sand which determined the administration's support for this year's budget.

Another request, though also important for the Council, was not heeded. The CiF had asked Palma to accept responsibility for 100% of the costs — estimated at one million euros — associated with transferring waste from Formentera to Eivissa. The budgets unveiled today by the Govern Balear officials, however, only allocate 300,000€. President Ferrer assured an amendment would be presented to restate the Council's petition.

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