Local News (12th April 2018 issue)

Lions' Success

At the end of last month, the North Mallorca Lions held their second Movie Night. It was another great success and with ticket sales and a raffle, €600 was raised for their cause of providing immediate help for the victims of domestic abuse. During the course of the evening some announcements were made. 

The Lions are working on an initiative to open a ‘safe house’ for women. Permission has already been received for the building and construction and the first phase will begin soon. 

There followed a presentation of no less than £1,025 from the North Down Rotary Club of Ireland. The club chose the North Mallorca Lions as fans of North Mallorca and wanted to support the work that the Lions are doing. It’s a superb start to a fantastic project. If you would like to get more involved or would like more information about upcoming events, get in touch with Susan Mackay, 636 914 425.

 

Fast Ferries

Baleària is adding to its Mallorca-Menorca service with a fast link from Alcúdia to Ciutadella for just €14.75 return (with a resident discount). This will make it four trips per day with travellers now choosing between the fast ferry or standard ferry service. The 81m ‘Jaume II’  navigates at 35 knots and can take up to 600 passengers. It offers armchair seating and has a cafe, shop and space for dogs. Access is enabled for those with reduced mobility. 

On 1st June, Baleària will begin their daily connection between Palma and Ibiza with a high-speed line for a round-trip price of €15.50. The journey takes 2 hours. Another ferry company, the new Transmediterránea will connect Palma and Ibiza daily in two and a half hours and for just €8 for residents in the Balearic Islands.

 

Energy Suppliers Sued

Pollença town hall has announced it will sue the energy company Audax for cutting public lighting. One night last week, cuts in the electricity supply meant street lighting in certain areas of Pollensa, the port and Cala Sant Vicente were off. The Council placed it with lawyers as the cut of an essential public service, ie street lighting cannot be suspended. (In the same way, sanitary services, water supply, police services cannot be cut.)

Audax claimed there were unpaid bills, which the council say “is absolutely false… essential public services cannot be touched in any way, and we have communicated this to the service company and to the supplier,”a council spokesman added. 

 

Dirty Water Problems:

Alcudia

The Ministry of Territory has opened sanctioning proceedings against the developer who poured water from a construction site into the sea at Es Clot in Alcúdia and has ordered the stoppage, not only of the spill, but of the construction itself. The builders were working on a basement in the area and pumping seawater that flows into the space, which is below the water table. This pumping is allowed but the water is not being filtered sufficiently and the deadline has passed.

The Council of Alcúdia requested the Ministry to intervene, one day after the residents of the area protested against the brown water spill. Perhaps the biggest concern was the damage it could cause to the ecosystem; dead crabs washed up and mud accumulated on the seabed. Territory inspectors collected samples of the water and verified that at least one of the pumps was still pouring the liquid even though the spillage is totally prohibited during the bathing season that began on 30th March.

Pollensa

Recently Carrer Timo in Puerto Pollensa has had issues with flooding of sewage water and the neighbours have had enough. What’s more the water is spilling into the wetland of La Gola, an area of spectacular ornithological diversity. 

The neighbours suffer, with not just the sewage extraction trucks (that work from 7am throughout the day to alleviate a problem in the short-term), but they also suffer with the odour that follows.

Residents say that the work on the frontline meant dirty water pipes were modified and since, the extraction motors are unable to absorb the increasingly saturated flow of wastewater.

 

Gelats Valls

It has not gone unnoticed that the ice-cream kiosk in the Old Town of Pollensa, or the ice cream parlour in Puerto Pollensa are not open yet. TOTN is waiting to talk to the people behind Pollensa’s much-loved ice cream makers but in the meantime, it seems Gelats Valls is not closing entirely, just changing a little. While the company has announced to the council that it is dissolving, it has also sought licenses for somewhere new in the Old Town. This means that they will not be opening the kiosk this year—they can’t seek permission while in the process of dissolving the company— and the council has asked them to remove it from the square. 

With so much buzz about the reports, it should be clear that this decision has not been forced by anyone, the council has not ordered for the kiosk to be closed. The decision for change within the company has been made by them. So it is not the end for the Gelats Valls but just the beginning of something new. More of which, we hope will feature in the next issue of TOTN.

 

The Ternelles Saga

As expected, the owners of the Ternelles estate, the March Family, have filed an appeal to annul the TSJB’s last judicial decision that upheld the council’s right to maintain the public’s access to the sea at Cala Castell. The estate wants a prohibition of access in place until the Council of Pollensa has adapted its urban planning to the Pla d’Ordenació de Recursos Naturales (PORN) that limits public access in the exclusion zones of the Serra (there are two in Ternelles) for conservation reasons.

The recent ruling from the TSJB confirmed the existence of a right of way in favour of the council and that the council should be the authority that grants access permits to the hikers, without the need for them to be accompanied by a guide.

However, the Ternelles Estate know that the (unfortunately named) PORN must prevail over these local regulations and the TSJB did include a clause in its ruling that, if in three months the City Council has not collected the environmental documentation to initiate the adaptation to the PORN, it will suspend the servitude of the Ternelles route to the sea.