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Archives of image and sound open to the public

arxiu imatge 160415The image and sound archive service of the Council of Formentera have opened their doors to the public this morning, and they will remain open every Thursday from 9am to 12 noon. The image and sound service was formed with the objective of creating a library to preserve and promote the collective memory, culture, landscapes and economy of Formentera.

The arxiu is located on the first floor of the CiF office of culture's multipurpose building, and will be staffed by the personnel of the Marià Villangómez library. Acquiring the equipment necessary for the archival of audiovisual material related to Formentera had a cost of €36,707, of which 60% – or €22,024 – was provided by the Eivissa and Formentera local action group by way of the Leader project.

Council renews its pact with tennis club on administration of school, municipal facilities

conveni tenis 150415This morning, the Formentera Council finalised its extension of an accord between the administration and the Illa de Formentera tennis club that will once again see to the maintenance and day-to-day management of the island's tennis facilities (including the administration of the municipal tennis school) as well as all local action to promote the sport on Formentera. In exchange, the tennis club will receive funding in the amount of €30,000.

Now set to remain in effect throughout 2015, the deal was signed by CiF president Jaume Ferrer, Illa de Formentera tennis club president José Lairón Hernandis and the Council's sport and fitness staff specialist, Daniel de la Dueña.

Jaume Ferrer acknowledged: “Formentera's investment in tennis is clear. With today's signing, this pact enters into its third straight year. Last July, our two tennis court surfaces were completely overhauled and other municipal facilities were remodeled as well – all of which had a total value of €31,000. And in a fortnight's time, construction will be complete for two additional tennis and two padel courts”.

José Lairón declared he was “immensely satisfied with the Council's support for tennis on the island” and added: “Knowing that the accord is in place for another year puts the club at a great advantage for the programming to take place this year”. The tennis club has 70 members – children, youth and adults – on its rosters. In the words of Daniel de la Dueña: “The numbers speak for themselves. The results that our athletes are obtaining are an indicator that the relationship between the Council and the tennis club is more than satisfactory.”

Festa intercultural moves to Sant Ferran

intercultural 150415The thirteenth year of celebrations for Formentera's Festa Intercultural will be held for the first time in Sant Ferran. This morning, the island's councillor of social welfare met with representatives from the planning committee for the event, Serena Amaduzzi and Manuel Lodeiro, to rollout the details behind this year's festa. This year to everyone's delight, beyond just the location change, organisers have more than a few surprises in store.


Activities kick off Saturday 18 April and – that first day – go from six to eight in the evening. The Centre Gabrielet will host a sampling of short films representing the majority of the Festa Intercultural's 14 participating countries. On this note, Serena Amaduzzi thanked the Formentera Film Festival, the Cortos de Soria event and the Lago Film Festival for providing the pieces.

Music, gastronomy and games for kids

Sunday 19 April, o' clock beginning at one midday, the Sant Ferran school will open its gates to the public for a sampling of culinary specialities from fourteen countries and six of the autonomous communities of Spain. Of course, musical groups will be on hand to set the ambiance and a host of inflatable children's toys – monitors standing by – will be set up for younger crowds. Entry onto the premises will cost €4, although anyone under 12 will be let in free of charge. Sunday's festivities will be presented by Marta Vázquez.

As councillor of social welfare Dolores Fernández commented: “The most important part of the Festa Intercultural is the process, all of the organising work that happens in the months leading up to the event.” Manuel Lodeiro, president of the Associació de la Festa Intercultural, invited everyone on the island to join in, explaining: “Food and music together make for the most international language in the world”.

New La Savina car park with space for 113 vehicles

parquing lasavina1The Council of Formentera has struck a deal to rent a 2,778-sq.m. parcel of land at the entry to La Savina – just across from Parc Illes Pitiüses – that will be used for public parking. The lot has capacity for 103 compact cars and ten spaces for oversized vehicles up to ten metres long.

Formentera Council president Jaume Ferrer explained that the measure came as a response to “pleas from individuals which, despite failing to meet the residency requirements in order to obtain the regulated parking decal, were seeking a solution to their predicament”.

According to the CiF president: “We want to respond to the needs of those people who don't have the decal, and at the same time prevent this space from turning into a long-term car park”. Thus, the lot will be open to any car – with or without decal – for a maximum of five days. To ensure drivers adhere to the five-day minimum, they will be required to print a ticket – cost-free – at the time of parking.

As previously stated, the new lot will contain ten spaces specifically adapted for vehicles up to ten metres long. Ferrer reiterated that, given the new regulations prohibiting parking for any vehicle which exceeds the size of a normal parking space, “this new car park will create a space for oversize vehicles”. Such vehicles, unlike regular-sized cars, will be required to exhibit a company parking pass in order to use the new car park.

Satisfaction with the new system

President Ferrer professed he was “both satisfied by and grateful for local response to the project. In a relatively short period of time, a large part of the population has already picked up the parking decals and is making a serious effort to get accustomed to a new style of parking”.

The CiF president called to mind the accord with Port Authority, effective this August, by which the Council and the Balearic authority will oversee a shared command of parking in the port. Ferrer explained that fact was the principal motive behind the current project's speedy rollout, adding “[the project] remains open to improvements – whether based on experience we see on the ground or recommendations from experts and drivers themselves. This was a condition that was made clear from day one at gatherings of the Consell d'Entitats.”

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