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Crews tidy up at Jardí de ses Eres

foto-2020-jardi-de-ses-eres-3The local works brigade, a division of Formentera’s Department of Island Services, began efforts to paint and perform general repairs and maintenance at the Jardí de ses Eres park in Sant Francesc. Workers will be covering up graffiti, repainting walls and patching up minor cracks and holes. The Ferrovial company has been tapped to cut back overgrown plants and oversee general maintenance of planters.

Efforts remain under way to repave local roads. On Monday workers from Islasfalto will apply a new coat of asphalt to a section of Camí de ses Vinyes in Sant Ferran, requiring crews to close the arterial to vehicle traffic all the way to the roundabout. Access from the Es Pujols side will not be affected.

21 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Crews perform upgrades, repave island roads

foto 1 reasfaltat-camins1Formentera’s municipal services office reports that work began today to clean and clear brush from roadsides and upgrade and repave certain segments of highway. Crews will focus their efforts on the arterials that accommodate Ses Bardetes and the rubbish tip, not to mention Sant Ferran’s Camí de ses Vinyes, and a point along the road to Es Arenals. Islasfalto was brought in to carry out the approximately weeklong €43,000 effort.

19 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera unlocks nearly €100k for upgrades and refitting of fitness facilities

pista-es-cap-1jFormentera’s sport and island services departments report that in recent months roughly one hundred thousand euros have gone to improving and redesigning sport and fitness infrastructure around the island.

The largest investment came in just shy of €36,000 and involved the multi-modular sport pitches in Es Cap. Work included the installation of a new fence, a separation barrier between the pitch and bleachers, remote-controlled lighting and dustbins, not to mention fresh coats of paint on bleachers and removal of invasive vegetation. Sport councillor Paula Ferrer called the Es Cap upgrades “crucial” and said they would alleviate traffic at Antoni Blanc fitness centre.

Replacing the dehumidifying heat pump

Nearly €19,000 in upgrades went to the municipal pool, where crews cleaned and water-proofed the cover. Ferrer pointed out that plans were already under way to put to tender the replacement of the dehumidifying heat pump and to correct heating issues, the goal being to have the pool back in working order within the first quarter of the year.

Work at the municipal football pitch carried a price-tag of over €14,000 and saw crews mark out a new parking area, while a newly purchased handrail awaits installation.

More than €26,000 went into upgrades at the padel courts in Sant Francesc, where the foundation was repaired plus new turf and LED lighting installed.

Other work

Crews also performed various work elsewhere, like at the School of Music, where an air conditioning unit as well as two stereo systems (one stationary and one portable) were installed for less than €17,000.

A dishwasher was installed for €7,000 in Sa Miranda nursery and a newly installed  electrical panel at the Sa Senieta car park (price tag: €3,500) will be used for events in the festival tent.

30 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Vehicle testing centre slashes wait time, hires new mechanic, expands hours in 2020

itvjj-1-Formentera’s Department of Inspection Services reports the addition of a new mechanic to the staff of the island’s roadworthiness testing site, or ITV. In recent months, the time drivers wait for a vehicle to be inspected has also shrunk; motorists who request an appointment today are given options in the first week of February.

Inspection services councillor Antonio J Sanz said the expanded staff and a reorganisation of work were both driving improved experiences among motorists on visits to the ITV. According to Sanz, meetings to establish a calendar of inspections and build increased coordination are in the works between the  administration, the local small- and medium-sized business association and car hire companies. The inspections will begin in March, but the councillor insisted they would have no impact on how appointments are scheduled with drivers.

The latest hire brings the total number of personnel at the ITV to three mechanics and two administrative assistants. Business hours —normally Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 2.00pm— have been expanded this year to include Thursday service until 8.30pm.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 971 32 31 30 or by emailing itv@conselldeformentera.cat.

24 January 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Phase two of work on main Sant Ferran thoroughfare

obres-sant-ferran-segona-fase-The infrastructure department of the Consell de Formentera reports that the second phase of upgrades on Avinguda Joan Castelló i Guasch in Sant Ferran will begin this Friday 1 November. Pointing out that work last winter stretched from the roundabout to the point where the avinguda (avenue) intersects with Carrer Guillem de Montgrí, department chief Josep Marí said phase two would pick up where phase one left off and extend all the way to the schools.

The €955,615 remodel is scheduled to run from 1 November to 31 March, with completion expected before the start of the 2020 summer season. The first phase cost €1.4 million.

Essentially an extension of last winter’s efforts, the current work will see crews performing a host of upgrades from repaved road surfaces to buried utility lines (sanitation, drinking water, communications, electricity and street lighting lines). Pedestrian-only zones will expand too, while architectural obstacles will disappear and a dedicated cycling lane created in phase one will remain in place. Other planned additions include recharge points for electric vehicles.

30 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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