DUE to the bad weather that brought to the island frost and snow for a long period over the winter, the potato crop farmers are now having problems selling their produce abroad. The unseasonal weather has meant that the farmers in Sa Pobla are two weeks behind in selling their crops to foreign markets. The S'Esplet farming co-operative noted that some of their potato varieties are behind by two weeks, although they are confident of selling all their crops to their traditional markets. In total, this co-operative still has 2'000 tonnes of potatoes to sell. For this year's campaign, it has been fundamental to have loyal customers, said the Manager of S'Esplet, Joan Company. Whilst on their official royal visit, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, visited the Sa Pobla potato farms.
ON similar lines to the news from Llucmajor, the area of Sant Llorenc has been given 11 new police officers. Eight of these police officers will be temporary and the remaining three will be tourist police officers. The additions to the local police force means that figues have increased up to 35 officers. We hope that it will increase the safety and quality of life of the residents and the tourists, said Antonia Barceló, inspecter in the police force. The tourist police officers will be patrolling the Sa Coma beach and tourist resorts during the whole summer.
Even More police
RESIDENTS in Llucmajor should now feel safer as the Mayor, Lluc Tomás, has contracted 11 new police officers. Three of these officers will be temporary and the remaining 8 will be dedicated to work in the tourism sector. The Ministry for the Interior has granted these jobs and police officers to the area for a period of six months. These officers are all residents and will be on the beat around Arenal, Son Veri, Bellavista, Cala Blava, Tolleric, Bahia Grande and Bahia Azul. This takes the number of police officers in Llucmajor up to 88. In addition, another ten officers will be taken on for the summer season, for a period again of six months.
THE renovations that are taking place at the sewage plant in the Riuet area in Porto Cristo, will once and for all end the complaints. For many years now the residents in this area have complained about the continual spillage of sewage water into the drinking wells and the bad smells that used to waft from the pipes and obsolete plant. The improvements to the sewage plant are being paid for by the Local Co-operation Department in the Council of Majorca. The Minister in this department, Miquel Riera, and the Mayor of Manacor, Antoni Pastor, yesterday visited these works.
THE Council of Majorca yesterday signed an agreement to fund the works to restore the roof of the Santa Eugenia Church, as well as to pay for restoring the San Pio I chapel and its roof. The rector of the Santa Eugenia Church said these works were much needed, as in the last few months rain has started to leak through.
THE Socialist Party in the Son Servera town council has put forward complaints and proposals regarding the two projects that plan to extend two schools in the area, one in Cala Millor and the other in Son Servera. The party believes that macro schools are not needed in the area, and are not adequate for teaching. They also think that with the same amount of money funding these projects, they could build two new schools. In terms of the Jaume Fornaris school, the socialist spokesperson, Josep Barrientos, said that if this school increased its capactity to 200 more pupils, then the surrounding roads would most certainly collapse. Traffic chaos would be the order of the day, he added. Instead, they suggest that there are two ideal plots of land for these new schools; one in Cala Bona and the other in Ca S'Hereu.
Q for quality
THE Calvia town council and the bank CAM (Caja de Ahorros Mediterranea) have signed an agreement in order to make it easier for small businesses, bars, cafeterias and restaurants to obtain the certification of the Q for quality. The certification of the Q for quality is a top priority of the Department for Business, because it involves an additional promotional tool and will give certain guarantees that clients will receive good service, said Isidre Cañellas, deputy mayor.
THE Valldemossa town council have informed the parents in the area that the delay to building works for the new centre have been delayed because of bureacratic redtape. It is therefore hoped that the first stone will be laid in July.