Shopping haven

IT is not going to be the same in Llucmajor when the new bypass is opened in July. Separate to the advantages and disadvantages that this new road will bring to the area, the town council have been researching for the past months about what to do with the Migjorn roundabout. After July this roundabout will be free of the 20'000 daily vehicles that used to use it. The deputy mayor of Llucmajor, Joan Jaume, said that the town council is undertaking a feasibility study into a plan that will improve and make this area more attractive for residents. This plan also includes the possibility of turning this area into a shopping street, he added. “Although nothing has been definitely signed yet”, he pointed out, “the town council's idea is to turn this roundabout into more of a commercial area”. There are also plans to widen the pavements to increase usage by pedestrians and to attract more tourists. The town council has stated that they would like to turn this street into one of the most dynamic areas of the town. Furthermore, the plans also include building a bicycle track which will connect with the other cycle routes that go to Sa Marina. At the end of the day, nothing has been finalised and everything is still waiting on a report that the technical experts are carrying out.

New wine cellar

THE Balearic Government yesterday approved to grant 271'687 in financial aid to the Transformation Agricultural Society (SAT) of Binissalem Wines and Vineyards. This money will go towards building a wine cellar and to buy new installations for the transformation, as well as for purchasing wine bottles. To fulfill this concession SAT will have to produce wine under protected rights stating that the wine was made in Binissalem-Majorca. These financial aids exclude investments into increasing wine stock. A feasibility study was carried out in order to prove that these transformations were indeed viable and also to examine the effects the works will have on the environment, as well as assessing business forecasts. This financial aid makes up 40 percent of the total needed for the building works. Twenty percent of this will be given by the Balearic Government, 15 percent will be granted from European Funds (FEOGA), and the remaining funds will be from the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA).

Route of shame

THE heavily debated Franco monuments in Porto Cristo, the old cemetery and the Son Coletes cemetery, the old Manacor prison and the Punta de n'Amer (sa Coma) will be some of the main stopping points of a tour to be held this month. This tour, called “Ruta de la Vergonya” - route of shame - has been set up by a group of residents in Manacor and will be held on 16 April. The tour is to be held in memory of those Republicans that were killed during the Franco period. This “route of shame” will pass through some of the key areas in Manacor during the civil war and Franco's rule, and hopes to bear witness to those who died during this time. “At every point we will read a brief history of what happened there and we will also be sticking up a short text that reminds people what had happened there”, explained Antoni Riera, one of the event organisers. The tour will last the whole morning of 16 April. Those taking part will leave from the town hall, then will march to the law courts and will finish the urban walk at Son Coletes. After this they will be travelling by bus to Porto Cristo and to sa Coma. This same event was held in Palma not so long ago and was deemed as a success by all those who took part.

Desalination plant

THE project to construct a desalination plant in Alcudia is to be submitted to a public exhibition this Monday. The plans of the project will be on display in the town hall and all those interested in making allegations against the project can do so at this exhibition, said the deputy mayor, Melchora Gómez. If this project goes ahead it will be the first desalination plant to be constructed in the North of Majorca and will supply Muro, Alcudia and Pollensa.

Dirty water

A FAULT at the water treatment plant yesterday caused dirty water to spill into the sea at Cala San Vicente. Spokespeople from the Ministry said the fault had been completely fixed after yesterday's breakdown. The problem was due to faulty equipment being used at the extension work site.


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