Local News (26th April 2018 issue)

Posidonia Update

The marine area of Punta Avançada, Puerto Pollensa, is Red Electrica’s designated area for the planting of Posidonia fragments with the aim of repopulating an area of two hectares in the Bay. It was previously an established meadow of this marine plant that is so important to the Mediterranean ecosystem.

The project, “Red Eléctrica’s marine forest”, was presented a few months ago by Red Eléctrica, a company that provides €500,000 for the project along with Imedea, the science institute and the Government institutions that signed a collaboration agreement last October. The initiative also has the help of the Ministry of Defence, which has made part of the facilities of the military aerodrome available to the project.

During the first phase, a group of divers planted fragments of adult posidonia plants collected non-invasively at the bottom of the same bay. The fragments are planted in quadrants that are marked to allow their identification, follow-up and subsequent analysis.

After this first stage Red Electrica explained that, “a collection of seeds of ripe posidonia fruit will begin throughout the spring, they are dispersed naturally and proceed as new crop and subsequent planting.”

The four-year project entails the collection, cultivation and planting of a total of 12,800 fragments in two hectares of the seabed. Experts believe that this project will be a ‘living laboratory’ for the scientific community as it will also assess the CO2 emissions captured by the new meadow and its effectiveness in terms of climate change can be measured.

 

Ternelles To and Fro

Motion sensor cameras are placed among nests and feeders of the black vulture in Ternelles  and in the past few weeks, they have captured images of walkers in sensitive areas. Toni Coll, administrator of the farm, told press that “since the judicial decision to temporarily allow the easement of access to the sea through the Camí de Ternelles, there has been a evidence of people entering exclusion zones that, according to the Plan d’Ordenació dels Recursos de la Serra (PORN), are prohibited to walkers”.

The property added that “in the last ten days the loss of a black vulture egg in Ternelles has been detected by abandonment of the breeding pair”. This nest is located a few meters from a hiking route, and Coll warned that “no vultures have been sighted at the Ternelles valley since March 26.”

The council of Pollensa is being blamed for failing to notify walkers of the “prohibition to access the exclusion zones.”

 

Es Clot Es Mud

Contractors that poured water loaded with mud into the sea in Es Clot in Alcudia has been fined €6,300 for exceeding the time limit allowed for the water spill and for breaching the conditions of authorization previously obtained from the Conselleria de Territori del Govern in November 2017.

The authorization covered the pouring of water from the water table from an excavation of a basement only up until the beginning of the season (March 30) and also required an immediate stop if any discoloration of the sea water occurred.

As well as the fine, the company is to remove the sludge within ten days, and the Ports IB authority will examine the water of this Marine Site of Interest that forms part of the European network, Natura 2000. 

Water Company Case Dropped

The case against the four brothers owners of the water company Aguas Canalizadas de Alcúdia (ACASA) has ended with an acquittal in favour of the accused. The four defendants paid all outstanding money to the Balearic Autonomous Community. The money due to the public coffers exceeded €3m.

When the case began, the father and his four sons were the legal representatives of this private entity. However, before the case came to trial, the father died and, according to the family, it was he who managed the collection and payments.

Once it was verified that the outstanding money had been paid and the fact that the main defendant had died along with his criminal responsibility, the legal profession announced its intention to withdraw the accusation. 

ACASA supplies water in Alcúdia and Crestatx, S’Oboc and Son Toni. The company had charged their customers but not paid the relevant taxes. The unpaid quota claimed by the regional administration was €2.6m, added to this is interest and legal costs.

 

Town Planning Shake Up

The government team in has Pollensa announced that during the upcoming plenary, councillors will debate a proposal to hand over the power of urban planning of rustic land in the town to the Agència de Defensa del Territori. The local government, formed by Junts Avançam and UMP, believes that the time has come to join the agency because “it is impossible” for the City to assume the volume of work “without increasing the workforce” and because the recent enforcement of Town Planning Law implies “even more stringent requirements to comply with the urban discipline”. Regarding the numerous files still pending (and some have been for years), the council ensures it will continue to be responsible for processing them and this move will help them concentrate their efforts.

 

Council Responds to Frontline Drainage Complaints

The Council of Pollensa said that the continuous problems of wastewater leaks in the Port are due to the sewerage network of Llenaire, Gotmar and Pinaret, where pipelines “are very old and have permeable joints.” In addition, winter rain has increased the level of groundwater, which then infiltrates pipes, and many homes in the area pump groundwater to the sewer network and not to the storm water drains. “This causes the sewerage network to be saturated with rainwater mixed with dirty water and prevents the evacuation of wastewater from the lower areas.”

The Council has assured that the works of the first line have not worsened the situation and that “this problem is not new”. The solution is to replace the drainage in Llenaire and improve the connection between pumps and treatment plant with pipes of greater diameter and resistance, which will require major works.

 

Can Conill PAC to be Appealed

The PP of Pollensa, together with Tots per Pollensa, has filed an administrative appeal against the Town Council regarding the transfer of use of Can Conill into the site of the town’s new PAC.  The council’s decision to go ahead despite the motion of both opposition parties and of a non-attached councillor, who was approved in the municipal council for the health centre to be built in Can Bach. Accusing the council of behaving with an authoritarian mood, David Alonso (PP) criticized the council for ignoring what was approved in a plenary session and violating democratic rules. 

After a plenary sessions, the Town Hall was forced to declare the Can Bach municipal site of regional interest for the construction of the PAC, even though the council had intentions to  building the new facility on Can Conill, currently used as a carpark.