Work in Cala Bona began earlier this month.

Work to upgrade and improve the Paseo Marítimo in Cala Bona between the calles Mestral and Tramuntana began almost three weeks ago with the felling of eleven large ficus trees which, over the years, have caused a degree of damage. Residents had been calling for the trees to go because roots were affecting the sewage system and properties.

The paseo is some forty years old and the area has been in need of improvement. The project, which is costing around half a million euros, includes pedestrianisation and restricting access to buses, taxis and delivery vehicles. The overall objective is to create a space that has "environmental sustainability" values. Street lighting is to be renewed and will use LED technology.

However, there is a good deal of anger among local businesses because the work only got under way at the start of this month, and Son Servera town hall says that it will take approximately three months to complete; quite possibly, therefore, until May. Hotels, meanwhile, are preparing to open, as are other businesses.

The town hall, it is understood, only recently approved the budget for the work, which has led local businesses to ask why it did not therefore delay the project until after this year's tourism season. Such is the nature of the work that it is also being suggested that suppliers are refusing to deliver because of difficulties with access.