Arta.—The four municipalities which go to make up the eastern area of Majorca known as the Llevant - Artà, Capdepera, Son Servera and Sant Llorenç - are looking to create a separate local government umbrella which would help to control public spending, save taxpayers' money and pool resources.

A spokesman for the Llevant municipalities, Josep Barrientos said yesterday that a meeting had been held last Friday between local representatives and it had been decided such a group could, for example, oversee how joint purchases could save money for each of the four communites.

It has apparently been many years that creating a Llevant umbrella group has been mooted but such a move had never quite been fine tuned enough to go into operation. “But now, the momentum is up and running again,” said Barrientos.

He said that further meetings are being planned, this time between the mayors of the four municipalities. He explained that services such as schools for adults could be a shared resource, as could music schools and some social services. “At a time of crisis, such a project has never been more necessary,” Barrientos claimed. “What's important is that the umbrella group helps all four municipalities equally.”

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