STAFF REPORTER THE Palma City Council is putting together the finishing touches to its “Green Zone Plan”; this will allow ten or twelve districts in Palma to build a new public park within a year and a half.

The first park to be built will be at El Molinar, said Juan José Ferrando, manager responsible for planning. “This will be the first green zone and will go out to tender in February. The aim is to have all these areas up and running by 2007, before the end of the current goverment's period of office”, he said.

The land of the previous Rotger Clinic will be amongst the first to be reconstructed into a green zone. This land, which was bought by Palma City Council in 2003 for a value 6 million euros and measures 3'126 square metres, was acquired by exchanging four municipal plots with the previous owners, Promociones Arape S.A.. The four plots exchanged were in Son Espanyolet, Son Dameto, Son Fuster and Son Valentí. Blocks of flats will be built on two of them and the others for industrial uses. The change of use approved by the Council of Majorca will put an end to all speculations that the land was to be used for a new hotel and offices. Instead it will be a green park within two years time. This all forms part of a general plan by the Palma City Council to make Palma a greener city.