The Majorcan Socialists and United Left parties on Pollensa town council gave a warning yesterday over what is perceived as “uncontrolled urban development” within the military base.

The base falls under the jurisdiction of Central Government's Defence ministry as opposed to the municipal council but local opposition voices are claiming that extensive building is going on every year, none of which can be vetted by the council. “The military have never asked for building permits from the council and we are even more worried that four storey buildings will be going up in the base.” Miquel Angel Sureda, the United Left Councillor, pointed out that there is already an agreement in place whereby Congress in Madrid was to research the feasibility of setting up a committee which would allow a joint local authority and military Board to vet development at the military base. “One of the main reasons for setting up this agreement in the first place,” said Sureda “was to ensure that the natural landscape at the site is not eroded.” Pollensa's Mayor Bartomeu Cifre is to write to Central Government on the matter.

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