Revolt over drainage bills

A Deya councillor and the president of the Residents' Association have handed to the Town Council a total of 113 signatures (a quarter of the total number of residents), calling for a revision of the economic demands being made on local people to cover major drainage work.

Last Saturday, more than a 100 people demonstrated through the streets of the town in protest at what they consider to be “abusive” Council rates. Some taking part declared that the bills landing on their doorsteps will mean that they will have to pay 480 euros every year, for the next 20 years.

Illegal closure

THE Town Council in Santa Eugenia have started legal proceedings over the closure of the Ses Coves “caminet” (country path) which, they claim, should remain open for public use.

Local mayor, Mateu Crespi of the Majorcan Socialist party, said that the reason behind the official complaint is to “call on the owners of the Son Sastre country estate, the land across which the country path runs, to open up the gates to the public once more after their closure by means of a wooden gate, some months ago”.

All-year-round tourism

Arecent meeting of the Town Council in Felanitx unanimously accepted the grants afforded to the municipality by the regional Tourism ministry to help with projects to create all-year-round tourism. Funds allocated total 2.1 million euros.

One of the projects included in the “deseasonalisation” strategy include a large “green” area in Cala Ferrera where a new tourist information office will be built along with public toilets, and a rest and recreation area with play facilities for children. Other significant programmes are also planned for Portocolom.

United Left/Green party councillor, Nicolau Barceló said he would be interested to know “if once these new installations are in place, there will be more hotels open out of season”. He said, however, that the works are necessary features, regardless of the all-year-round tourism project.

Illegal rubbish tip

THE Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) in sa Pobla have called on the help of the regional Environment minister and the ex-mayor of the town, Jaume Font, to put an end “to an illegal rubbish dump”. The PSOE claim that the municipal site, situated alongside the Can Peu Blanc College, has deteriorated into nothing less than a fly-tipping area due to negligence on the part of the ruling government team.

Socialist councillor, Lluis Socias asserted that the reason why his group have resorted to calling for help from the minister, is that in spite of three months of asking for local authorities to control the situation, nothing has been done and the situation continues to worsen. Socias purported, that the site, used by the municial works and services department as a storage area, has turned into a dumping ground for dangerous pollutant materials with a resultant bad smell.


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