THE regional ministry for the Environment has unearthed a series of faults at the former Son Barbassa rubbish tip in Capdepera, a site which was recently shut down, sealed off to the public and relandscaped.

After earth movement and other “cracks” in the project were beginning to show at an early stage, the United Left and Green Party coalition (EU-EV) on Capdepera town council brought the deficiencies to the notice of the local authorities.

As a result, the Balearic government undertook an investigation on the site and have concluded that there are a number of faults that need to be repaired.

Some of them are sufficiently significant to warrant the local town council being fined if deficiencies are not corrected immediately.
Regional Environment ministry sources said yesterday that one of the main factors that needs to be addressed is the fact that the closed tip is banked up too steeply, and another is that rainwater is not being allowed to drain away properly. Ministry technicians claimed that the drainage system that is currently in place “isn't functioning.” It was indeed the rainwater, claimed the EU-EV last month, that was causing the subsidence of the site.

The coalition had also complained that no kind of quality control had been imposed when the contractors were filling in the site. The project had been awarded for 1.3 million euros, considerably lower than the 2 million euros which the government had allocated to it.

Capdepera town council meanwhile, professes to have been “taken by surprise” by the Environment ministry's conclusions. “So far as we're concerned,” said Councillor Pilar Gasull, “there are no deficiencies.” Another meeting between the ministry and council is due to settle the matter.


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