The bay of Pollensa, Mallorca

A plan has been pending since 2012 for the bay of Pollensa and for the bay of Alcudia.

16-08-2021J. Furones

Environmentalists GOB have called on the Balearic environment ministry to immediately start the process of establishing lines of action for a management plan for the bays of Alcudia and Pollensa.

GOB say that this should facilitate interaction between all entities who want to solve the environmental problems that affect the two bays.

Where the bay of Pollensa is concerned specifically, the organisation observes that it suffers from a diverse and complex environmental problem. This is caused by discharges of barely treated wastewater or by wastewater that has received no treatment. In addition, illegal anchoring affects posidonia meadows, while certain leisure activities have their impact.

Since 2006, the two bays have been classified as places of importance to the regional community (LIC). This is in respect of the conservation of natural habitats and flora and fauna. However, a management plan for the bays has been pending approval since 2012. This delay, according to GOB, is indicative of a general lack of planning for environmentally protected areas.

They argue that the management plan of the Natura 2000 network of protected coastal places in the Balearics would be the most appropriate framework, as it would help in bringing together the various authorities which currently have differing responsibilities - the Costas Authority, the government's environment ministry and the two town halls.

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Colin / Hace 5 months

There are so many steps that could be taken now to stop the sewage problem. 1. Stop granting building licences for 3 years to reduce the incessant rise in development. 2. Investigate the fly tipping of sewage into the already overcrowded system. We see the companies who empty cesspools just emptying their load in the sewer in Llenaire. They do this to avoid the fees for legitimate emptying but it just adds to the load. 3. Invest in new sewers rather than anything else being considered now

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colin / Hace 5 months

I would suggest the lack of action is down to lack of funding for improved infrastructure . Far too many new flats have been given planning consent, especially in the Boccar area behind Pine walk yet not a penny has been spent on the sewer system. This is just unacceptable mismanagement by the local authority. They should hang their heads low and resign. Shockingly bad performance that one would maybe expect in Africa but not in a premier European resort. The tourists will leave and not come back.

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Lisa / Hace 5 months

Given the horrific effects of Covid on tourism and thus people’s livelihoods, you would think this would be a number one priority???

The environment needs to be protected. Now, not in 20 years time when it’s too late.

Time to wake up.

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Gazza / Hace 5 months

Talk, talk and more talk. Action is the only thing that counts. Presence of E-coli at alarming levels for at least the last two years. Are the relevant parties waiting for serious illness before acting? The bays of Pollença and Alcudia are the source of our income, tourism will suffer if this continues

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