Local News (11th January 2018)

Bike Lane Break

The bicycle lane parallel to the Artà Road that was to link Alcúdia and the public estate of Son Real (Santa Margalida) is to be incomplete as it passes through the municipality of Muro. Between s’Estany d’en Mama (currently known as “Llac de les Gavines”) and Sa Caseta des Capellans, there will be no bike path.This project was approved in 2013 and the government along with Councils of Alcudia, Muro and Santa Margalida were to pay for it. Alcúdia and Santa Margalida will still execute their part, but not Muro. The town is unable to install the safety railings that would separate the road with the bike lane because it passes through the Albufera. The Natural Park of Albufera was seeking compensation for the loss of 2,800sqm and to avoid the sides of the roads being packed with parked cars during the summer.  The cost of the Muro project would be around €500k.

Martí Fornés, the mayor of Muro, said that the Town Hall had dropped the project because, among other reasons, the deadline ends this year and there is no funding available. 

 

Alcudia’s Can Ramis Changearound

The multifunctional building of Can Ramis, which houses the Tourist Office and administration offices, will be changed around to give space to elderly residents of Alcudia. 

The council is planning a social room for the elderly, which will have a cafeteria and two adjoining rooms with mobile panels making the space more versatile. 

Once the renovation work is completed, the current headquarters for the elderly, which now occupies a house located on the Calle Major (a few meters from the Town Hall) will move to the new facilities and its old building will go to host other municipal services.

The reform project of the ground floor of Can Ramis will cost around €178,000 and the works will last about three months.

 

No Live Chicken Up the Pi

On January 17, the first to arrive at the top of the Pi de Sant Antoni in Plaça Vella in Pollensa will not find the traditional live chicken trophy. This decision was made last year when Mayor Miquel Àngel March cast the deciding vote to stop the practice. A vote that did not find unanimity in the municipality.

Many Pollencins of all political tendencies are still in favour of continuing with the tradition despite the express prohibition contained in the law of animal abuse and the penalty of €1,575 imposed by the Government in 2010. It will be one of the star themes of the ‘glosses’ this year.

 

Ternelles Access Rumbles On

A new report from the Council of Pollensa has defended the access it manages to the Ternelles estate. The environmental report seeks to demonstrate to the TSJB that the public visits to Cala Castell and other sensitive areas are not harmful to the environment. It also aims to justify the legality of accessing the exclusion areas marked by the Plan for the Regulation of Natural Resources (PORN) of the Serra de Tramuntana on the Ternelles estate, mainly Cala Castell. The study was handed to the judge to comply with a requirement of the Superior Court of Justice of the Balearic Islands (TSJB).

The different interpretation of the judicial rulings applied by the City Council and Ternelles property implies that both parties try to ensure the management of public visits to the emblematic ‘Pollencina’ estate. The society that manages the ‘possessió’ linked to the March family, already warned a few months ago that from this year authorization for visits would lie with them exclusively, which the council does not accept.

Mayor March explained yesterday that the City continues to manage authorizations for twenty people a day, “In principle everything remains the same, although we have found that the property of the farm wants to open a transition period” to take control of public visits. March considers that Ternelles “is entitled to give permits for guided visits because the farm is his, but the authorization to access the road must be municipal.”

 

Coll de Siller Fire Conclusion

News spread as quick as the fire itself. It was visible from miles around and the acrid smell thick in the air. The fire in the hills in Siller was on December 27th and spread to 79.5 hecatres of scrub land destroying pines, bushes and olive trees that got in its way. So large was the fire that it wasn’t completely out until 6pm the next day.Now, after two weeks, the Environment Officers have just been able to confirm the cause. Tweeting on January 3rd, @AgentsMediAmb said that the slow and laborious task was requiring patience and prudence. On Janauary 9th, they tweeted that after studying all the data, they could determine that the fire was caused by a broken medium-voltage cable that sparked in the vegetation, the spark spread due to the strong winds of that night. 

 

Clean Spring Water for Albufera

The water from Fonts Ufanes will help improve the water quality of the Albufera Natural Park and the Ministry of Environment is now processing the project, which will be financed through the sustainable tourism tax. The idea is that the fresh water that comes down from the mountains, and bursts through the Ufanes fountains will reach the protected wet zone. The aim is to reduce the levels of salinization that the s’Albufera water zone currently suffers from. 

Currently, the great flow of water from the Fonts Ufanes that reaches s’Albufera (a large volume is filtered), ends at the Gran channel. To take advantage of this flow, the authorities want to recover the old aquifers of s’Albufera so that the mountain water is distributed throughout the park and improve the water quality. €135,000 of tourist tax will be used to the finance the work.

The processing of the project is a complicated one, it has to be carried out by the councils of Muro and Sa Pobla, but it forms part of a larger project of the Consell to alleviate pressure from the tourist saturation seen in the summer months.