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Time for holidays, maintenance as Formentera's vehicle inspection service takes annual leave

foto-itv-formentera1The Formentera Council announces that the island's vehicle inspection service (ITV) will cease operations for the month from August 15 to September 15. The break means time off for staff and a chance to take care of certain maintenance around the facility. Employees alternated morning and afternoon shifts from April to July, leaving the service without a single name on its wait list as employees prepare to clock off for the holidays.

Formentera Council equips island with 12 changing stations

foto canviador 2The Formentera Council announces the successful installation of a dozen baby changing stations across the island. When possible, the fittings were installed in spaces open to both women and men, part of an effort to promote a gender-balanced approach to childcare.

Infrastructure secretary Rafael González called it “an improvement on the services offered at a range of Council facilities” and an arrangement intended for “mothers and fathers alike”. “Changing nappies is a task both parents must take responsibility for”, González stressed.

A changing station can be found in the unisex toilets near the conference hall of the island's dependent care centre, in the accessible toilets of the Antoni Blanc fitness centre cafeteria and the IES Marc Ferrer sports facilities, the gender-neutral toilets at the department of culture, and the accessible toilets of the Casal d'Entitats, the Centre “Gabrielet” and the Sant Ferran centre for the aged. Still others have been installed in the toilets at the cinema, at the island's youth drop-in centre (Casal de Joves) and at la Mola's Casa del Poble community centre. They can also be found in the Sant Francesc library; one in the women's toilets and a second in the men's.

Formentera Council reshuffles shade zones in nature reserve car parks

pergoles1The infrastructure department of the Formentera Council announces the successful completion of a project to reposition shade-making structures across car parks near to Illetes, Llevant and es Cavall d'en Borràs beaches.

The work required a €150,000 investment over three years, which the Council unlocked thanks to a reduction in the yearly fee the Balearic coastal authority charges the administration to occupy the parking areas.

Until 2016 the Council paid annual dues of €45,000 to occupy the land. The coastal authority lowered its asking price to €4,200 on the condition Formentera's local administration agreed to reposition the pergolas.

“This partnership is the Council's way of stepping up to the task of service and image upgrades in these areas of the nature reserve”, explained infrastructure and mobility secretary Rafael González. In 2011 the coastal authority agency opted to remove the shade-making parts of the pergolas, leaving only the wood pillars that had held the structure up.

The upgrades were carried out by the Formentera Council and the Ibifor company.

Normal vehicle traffic to resume in Sant Ferran as crews finish work

Obres gmontgri acabadesFormentera's infrastructure office reports that with road work complete, motorists in Sant Ferran can once again travel the northern stretch of a nearby arterial from this Saturday morning.

Upgrades this winter along carrer Guillem de Montgrí were seen as pro-pedestrian and a boost to local business. Crews eliminated a gaping height difference between the pavement and street and widened the pavements themselves. They also put in place new signage and painted lines on the road surface to reflect the town's new metred parking. That system, expected to alleviate the town's parking crunch, will take effect in June.

Drivers can once again use two Sant Ferran roads previously closed to traffic

Foto Guillem 2The Formentera Council's infrastructure office reports that this Saturday motorists in Sant Ferran will regain partial access to two local roads that had been temporarily closed for upgrades. Vehicle circulation will be allowed at reduced speeds on the southern stretch of carrer Guillem de Montgrí and along carrer València, two points where the work of road crews is nearly complete.

This winter, workers undertook a project aimed at promoting pedestrian mobility in the town centre and envigorating local businesses. Upgrades mean the previous height difference between the pavement and street level has been reduced, plus the pavements themselves are wider. New signage is also in place and freshly painted lines on the road surface now reflect the town's new metred parking. That system, expected to alleviate the town's parking crunch, will take effect in June.

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