ECOLOGICAL watchdog in the Balearics, GOB, accused Balearic President Francesc Antich yesterday of reneging on his election promises because he has allegedly turned his back on environmental protection policies.

Margalida Ramis, a spokesman for the conservationist group, said that GOB had asked for a meeting six months ago with Antich to discuss sensitive issues related to territory protection in the Balearics. “We haven't had even the most elementary reply from him,” she claimed.

Ramis believed that the president is putting the interests of certain economic sectors and particular party politics before issues associated with conserving the environment. She said that the current economic crisis is “serving as an excuse” to ignore matters of protecting our natural landscape from destruction. Ramis highlighted particular projects that GOB is fighting against including the extension of Palma's Son Sant Joan airport, the golf course projects planned for Son Baco outside Campos and Son Bosc in the municipality of Muro, the rubbish incineration system at Son Reus, illegal tipping and other issues. Meanwhile, a week tomorrow, GOB is holding a pro-environment festival at Ses Voltes by the old city walls in Palma at 7pm. The occasion will be used to promote more public transport on the islands and adherence to environmental protection policies.