THE long-awaited expansion to the port of Alcudia will begin in October, confirmed Mayor Miquel Ferrer this week. The Port Authority has already sent us details of the project but we have said that we are not in a position to start it now, as we want to wait until the busy summer tourist season has been and gone, he said. The project to enlarge the port has been in discussion for over a decade and has now finally been agreed. There will be work carried out to the westerly jetties, the marina and the fixed and mobile gangways. A new passenger terminal will be built and a pedestrian walkway that will connect the marina with the commercial port. This will be the first time in history that the port will be clearly separated; one part for passengers and the other for deliveries and cargo. The part of the project that will enlarge the terminal docks will cost an estimated 6 million euros and will take 20 months to complete. The construction of the new passenger terminal will cost an estimated 4'700'00 euros and the walkway wil cost 4 million euros.
GUIDED tours of the Nature Park at s'Albufer and the ecosystem at Es Comú de Muro were organised yesterday as part of Wetlands day. But due to a lack of publicity there was not one single person at the reception centre who was interested in the first guided tour yesterday. There was a bigger crowd at the ecosystem in Es Comú de Muro, where talks were given about the different areas of the ecosystem.
New face in PSM
THE young first deputy Mayor, Fransesc Morell, will stand for the Majorcan Socialist Party (PSM) in the next regional elections in 2007. This will be a change from the outgoing Mayor Fransesc Aguiló, who has represented the PSM for the last five legislatures. There was a unanimous vote for Fransesc Morell to be the new Secretary General of the PSM in Campanet. Morell said he was very excited to be given this opportunity. This change is part of the regeneration process that is taking place within the PSM, whose aim is to have more younger faces within the party. Even though Aguiló, who will have been a Mayor for twenty years this legislature, will not stand as a possible candidate for the next elections, this does not signify that he has left politics altogether. I am not tired of politics. At the moment, I think it is important to regenerate the party, he said.
THE Selva town council has unanimously agreed to take legal action against the electric company Gesa for an explanation on why there have been so many power cuts in the area in recent months. It is not a constant problem, it is difficult to assess as it only happens now and again but we need an explanation, the Mayor, Joan Rotger, said and added we realise that the electrical line to Calobra is problematic because of the vegetation in the area. A spokesperson from Gesa said that there has been three power cuts in the last four months. There has also been constant re-connections (short power-cuts that cut-out for safety reasons). Gesa said that there has been 17 re-connections in the last four months and this is because the electrical cable is very long.
THE Balearic Government, the Palma City Council and the Institute of Social Services, will today be agreeing on the partnership they are to form in order to develop sports in Manacor. The aims of the partnership are the following: to manage sport centres in the area, to develop sports and to improve the area's policy for sports. It is the first time that three administrations have agreed on this type of consortium. This makes Manacor the pioneer for this sporting pilot plan. It is necessary to take into account that Manacor has the greatest number of sports centres. For this reason the consortium will be run by the three groups.