Selva

Minister for Public Works, Housing and Transport, Mabel Cabrer and the mayor of Selva, Joan Rotger, handed over the keys yesterday of 13 properties which have been financed under a housing subsidy scheme in the small town of Moscari.

The occasion was attended by the local mayor, Rafael Gelabert who is also the beneficiary of one of the properties.
The budget for the project, which is a group of 13 town houses built to a duplex design and including 3 bedrooms and a parking space for each property, stands at 835'406.83 euros plus VAT.

During the official handing-over of the keys, the mayor of Selva highlighted “the importance of being able to invest in subsidised housing projects so that the town could continue to grow”.

Petra

The train didn't divide the municipality in two but it left a divide in the community. Since the time of the building of the railway, other local events have taken front stage to worsen local relationships, such as protests over the building of major highways in the area proposed by the Balearic government and Council of Majorca.

The local mayor, Joan Font has been asked about how the different groups of local people with different ideas are now relating to one another. He said that he didn't believe he ruled over a divided community but that there were certain factions in the town which identified with the Popular Party, currently in power within the Council of Majorca and the Balearic government, who were happy for “sparks to fly” over certain issues, including the polemic surrounding the railway.

s'Albufera

The Balearic Ministry of Environment announced yesterday that “International Wetlands Day” will be celebrated this coming Saturday under the slogan “From the mountains, to the sea, the wetlands are working for us”.

In s'Albufera national park in the north of Majorca, two guided tours have been scheduled for Saturday, each lasting an hour. A video will also be shown, entitled: “S'Albufera: management for conservation”.

The Spanish Ornithological Society (SEO/Birdlife) has asked for government responsibility in conservation of natural wetlands and has condemned policies that threaten the existence of some of them, including s'Albufera.

Inca

Officers from Inca fire station were continuing their efforts yesterday morning to extinguish a fire which was reported about 7.30pm on Wednesday evening in a farm warehouse full of bales of hay. The property was situated on an estate on the Inca-Alcudia highway.

Fire station sources confirmed that because of the large amount of combustible material, putting out the fire completely was a long process. It meant that jets from water hoses were having to be deployed directly on the warehouse structure, as well as throwing water over mounds of stored hay.

At the outset of the emergency, when the fire was first reported, fire-fighting forces were sent to the scene from Inca and Can Picafort (Santa Margalida) but yesterday morning, only officers from the closest fire station were in action.

Puigpunyent

Independent parties in Puigpunyent and Galilea criticised the fact that Town Council budgets give priority to salaries and expenses of councillors and “trusted” personnel, to the detriment of areas such as culture, sports and the general wellbeing of the community.

The Independents said yesterday that they believed that the 40.69 percent increase set aside for pay increases was “exaggerated and unacceptable”, if the budget for civil safety had come down 14 percent, that of community well-being by 54 percent and that of culture by 17 percent.

On the occasion of World Wetlands Say, SEO/Birdlife has highlighted the crucial importance and fragility of Spain's wetland areas, unique natural habitats which shelter an abundance of natural flora and fauna, particularly bird life.

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