By Jason Moore

TWO of the greatest eyesores in Palma, the derelict Luis Sitjar soccer pitch and the old headquarters of the Gas and Electricity Board (GESA) have been left abandoned for many years. Now, with just a few months left until the next local elections, and a whole series of plans for this building and the soccer pitch have been unveiled.

The old GESA building on the Paseo Maritimo, could be transformed into a major leisure centre alongside the new convention centre and Real Mallorca football club could abandon the Iberostar stadium and return to the Luis Sitjar. I think both projects are very good ideas and if Real Mallorca could then return to its old home I am sure that the fans would be suitably impressed.

The plans for the GESA building also deserve praise. But why has it taken so long to come to a decision? The Luis Sitjar is in a disgraceful state with squatters moving in. The GESA building is not much better. Obviously the present financial conditions do not help because both projects are going to need large sums of money. But at least we are moving in the right direction and soon, hopefully, Palma will be rid of two of its greatest eyesores. Unfortunately, there is still the small matter of the Son Dureta national health hospital which is now abandoned.

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