A lobby of residents with property in Can Pastilla met up yesterday with Palma City Council's Ombudsman, Miquel Lladó to protest at the demolition of some private homes envisaged within the Playa de Palma reform project.

After examining the plans for wide-reaching urban reform, the Can Pastilla residents' spokesman, Llorenç Balaguer said: “We were shocked that the Playa de Palma reconstruction project includes the demolition of some homes in Can Pastilla, a fact that runs contrary to everything that local government has told us to date.” Balaguer alleged that ever since residents first knew of the reform programme, they were aware that Can Pastilla would be the focus of an important upgrade but it was always on the understanding that the plans would respect the property that is already there. Residents had also expected that any reform would bear in mind the long-established Mediterranean character of Can Pastilla and that its special features would be conserved.

After the meeting with the Can Pastilla residents, the Ombudsman, Miquel Lladó said that he will defend the legal position of those who are against the demolition and make a point of meeting those who are responsible for the design of the Playa de Palma to “clarify what their ideas are” and “reach specific agreement.” The residents' lobby from Can Pastilla has until the 5th October to present official objections to the reform programme but Balaguer acknowledged yesterday that news of the demoliton has already created social alarm.


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