THE seafront section of the Old Wharf in the Port of Pollensa is finally to be converted into a pedestrian only area between calle Elcano and Avenida de Paris.
The decision was announced at the end of last week by Wharf director Francisca Ramon after having emerged the previous evening from a fraught meeting with some one hundred local residents and traders in the area.
The start of the coming week will see the removal of signposts which had been put up a month ago in a number of streets along the Wharf at a time when it was envisaged that traffic would be barred from the seafront area of the Port during the day-time.
Strong protests from some neighbours at the meeting had led the Town Council to rethink their strategy and adopt a pilot scheme to be introduced in the commercial area closest to the Old Wharf.
Simultaneously, new signposts indicating the pedestrianisation of the stretch of seafront will be erected this coming week with the aim of completely cutting off traffic between calle Elcano and Avenida de Paris by the end of the week. The only vehicles which will not be barred from circulation will be local buses.
The Town Council has promised local residents that it is to seek funds from outside its own treasury to finance an overhaul and structural upgrading of the seafront area which will complement the current traffic-free pilot scheme, and which may ultimately mean that more of the terrain abutting the Wharf and sea front becomes pedestrianised.
Although in principle, the municipal pilot scheme embraces a few metres more of roadway, from the access roundabout to the sailing club, the Town Council finally decided to allow vehicles to circulate as far as calle Elcano so that they can make use of the public parking lot situated on the Old Wharf.
Another ambitious project being drawn up for the Port of Pollensa is to lift up the seafront road which runs along the Bay of Pollensa between the port and Alcudia and extend the beach.
Now that the new bypass is in operation, plans are being devised to run link roads down to the new beach and divert all traffic round the back of the Port.