Transport lorries arriving at the Son Reus plant in Bunyola. | Pilar Pellicer


The Council of Majorca has definitively revoked the import of foreign waste for incineration at Son Reus, meaning that a further 120,000 tons will not be arriving at the ports of Palma and Alcudia. This decision has been backed by legal opinion which considers that the Council will not be liable for having to pay compensation for the outstanding waste, 20,000 tons of it from Northern Ireland and the remainder from Italy.

Stopping further imports, authorisation for which had already been given by the Council, needed the regional government to conclude procedures for the definitive revoking, albeit that the Council itself had to have the final say, which it has. The last shipment of waste is expected on 30 November.

The announcement regarding the waste followed this week's full meeting of the Council at which there were also decisions regarding the international photography centre dedicated to Toni Catany, bullfighting and genetically modified crops.

The Council has agreed unanimously the protocol for collaboration between itself, the town hall in Llucmajor and the Toni Catany Foundation, one which, says the Council's president, Miquel Ensenyat, will create a roadmap for making the photography centre a benchmark for Majorca and at international level. It will involve the purchase of the Catany family home, the development of an architectural project, the digitalising of the archive and development of the museum project. The intention is to next year devote the maximum amount possible from the 4.3 million euros of state investment for the creation of the centre. This had been agreed in 2009, and the Council says that it will press ahead in claiming this investment to ensure that it isn't "lost".

On bullfighting, the Council has declared itself to be against this and also against any type of violence towards animals. The Council's motion also states that it is against any type of show that results in the death of an animal in any Majorcan bullring.

The motion on bullfighting received the approval of all political parties except the Partido Popular, which voted against, and the two councillors from Ciudadanos, who left the meeting in order to avoid having to vote either way. With the vote, the Council now joins the 29 municipalities which have declared themselves as anti-bullfightiing.

The PP's Mauricio Rovira justified his party's stance by saying that the motion had been an electioneering proposal and that a ban would "demonstrate a worrying anti-democratic trend". Responding to the Council's declaration, the spokesperson for the Balearic Bullfighting Committee, Juan Nigorra, said that bullfighting "is legally protected by the Spanish state as it is of the cultural interest" and he accused opponents of bullfighting of being controlled by the Més party.

The Council has also approved a motion to declare the island free of genetically modified crops in order to protect the nature of the Majorcan countryside.