STAFF REPORTER

POLLENSA
THE Green Party and United Left coalition on Pollensa town council are calling for the Council of Majorca to buy the old Can Morató carpet factory in Pollensa and catalogue it as an item of regional heritage, spokesman Pepe Garcia confirmed yesterday.

The factory was originally built in 1922 and was a production leader until its closure in 1960. Situated in the upper part of Pollensa at Pont Roma, the factory has been completely abandoned and in a rundown state of repair for years. As a result, the Can Joanot road running directly alongside it had to be closed because of the danger of falling masonry.

The coalition wants the town council in Pollensa to approach the Heritage department of the Council of Majorca so that expropriation proceedings can begin. After the property becomes public, said Garcia, the old factory can then be conserved and listed as a regional heritage item. “Local government shouldn't remain indifferent to what has become an important part of our industrial heritage,” said Garcia, adding that it also remained as an emotional contribution to the memories of people living in Pollensa who had actually worked there.

When a year-and-a-half ago the town council had closed off the Can Joanot road for fear of falling masonry, the disquiet of local residents had reportedly become even more acute. Although local property owners had access to their homes along other routes, the condition of the old factory continued to deteriorate, said Garcia.

Pollensa's Mayor and Planning Councillor, Joan Cerdà said at the last plenary session that orders had been given to the proprietors of the land on which the factory stands to shore up the crumbling building, and a petition had also been sent to the Council of Majorca's Heritage department. According to Cerdà, neither have responded.

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