By Humphrey Carter
PALMA

THE Mayor of Palma, Aina Calvo, yesterday called for “calm and tranquility” in an attempt to ease the tension between residents in Can Pastilla and the local authorities sparked by the Playa de Palma renovation project.

Now that the plan has been put up for public approval, some 91 Can Pastilla home owners have learnt that they face losing their homes and businesses to compulsory purchase as part of the ambitious project which could take 15 years to complete.

The affected home and business owners are furious and have been meeting all week to discuss what action they can take to protect their homes and livelihoods.

Yesterday, Calvo stepped in and stressed that the whole idea of putting these projects up for public scrutiny is to enable the public to object to any thing they do not agree with. “We are obviously going to listen to and respect the opinions of the general public which could be affected by the project,” she stressed.
She added that she has made it blatantly clear to the Playa de Palma consortium to pay close attention to the voice of the people in the redevelopment area and do everything possible to work with them, not against them. She said that from the council's point of view, she intends to reach the most favourable solution for all.

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