THE owner of the Can Guilló estate in Pollensa, where an allegedly illegal golf course has been detected, has asked the town council for permission to refurbish the houses on the estate and convert it into an rural tourism establishment. The matter is being studied in greater detail, and it already has favourable technical and juridical reports, according to planning councillor Joan Cerdà of the UM (Majorcan Union). The estate would become a rural hotel with seven rooms.
But, according to councillor Gabriel Cerdà of the PSM (Majorcan Socialist Party), who is head of the environment department, authorising the refurbishment would be to accept “a policy of consummated facts, because the owner would not have to legalise the golf course as if it were to be run as a club, because he would have a hotel with a private golf course.” He added that his party would never approve the project.
Can Guilló is a farm and when the owner started to move soil to plant the greens in 1998, he also planted fruit trees, strategically placed so that the balls could go from hole to hole. But, although Cerdà said that the water resources department had closed several wells “no municipal technician has wanted to certify that what has been built is a golf course and not a garden.”


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