Pollensa.—The Association met last Tuesday with Councillor Malena Estrany to voice serious concern over the worsening image of the Port and to ask how the Mayor, Bartome Cifre, intends to repair it.

ACOTUR President Pepe Tirado said yesterday that one of the most worrying aspects of the deterioration of the Port has been the lack of interest that the local council has shown in keeping in touch with the needs and opinions of Pollensa businesses. “Since the start of the Council's new term of office,” said Tirado, “town hall representatives have met on many occasions with hoteliers but tourist businesses just seem to have been pushed to one side.” Apparently the straw that broke the camel's back was the decision of the Council to open a new street market in Plaza Miquel Capllonch without so much as a “by your leave” to already-established traders.

At last Tuesday's meeting attended by around 15 Pollensa businesses, Tirado had also flagged up the need for improved street cleaning and bin emptying and more car parking space.

ACOTUR now wants fortnightly meetings with the Mayor for better coordination between the Council and businesses on the promotion of commerce in the Port of Pollensa. It is only through such a measure, said ACOTUR that the “open dialogue and communication” which was promised by the Council at the start of its term ofoffice can be realised.

Tirado said that it's important that the Council looks on the hoteliers and tourist businesses in the Port on an equal footing.