Palma's residents federation is launching a petition against holiday rentals. | Miquel A. Cañellas


Palma's federation of residents associations is to start a petition against holiday rentals in apartment buildings in the whole of the city. Its president, Joan Forteza, says that the federation is making an "urgent appeal to the citizens" because the proliferation of rentals is contrary to co-existence, the model of the city and traditional trade. Moreover, it means that local people end up moving and that there is "gentrification".

Each Saturday from today until 1 April, signatures will be collected at three places in the city: the intermodal station, Plaça Olivar and the calle Sindicat on the corner with Porta de Sant Antoni. Times will be from 10.00 to 14.00; information will also be available.

The federation hopes to raise at least 5,000 signatures during March and then deliver the petition to the regional government and the town hall. It may well extend the period into April, committed as it is to stopping holiday rentals in all parts of the city, such as Blanquerna and El Terreno, and not just in the old centre.

Forteza adds that the model of co-existence will change in no time as will the look of the city because of redevelopments of a different style. In this respect he points to - and here's a new word - "nordification", as can be seen in El Molinar. Moreover, holiday rentals are going to bring about "great tension" among resident communities, and he criticises the draft for the legislation on holiday rentals because it has created alarm among residents. There has been, he argues, a lack of dialogue and political sensitivity by the tourism ministry, which has "totally ignored residents".