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Winter hours in effect for metred parking across Formentera

zona-regulada-d-aparcamentvjThe Formentera Council's mobility department reports that from tomorrow, Friday 1 November, winter hours will take effect across metred parking areas in La Savina, Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran. Meanwhile, in Es Pujols, traffic wardens will cease to enforce the pay-to-park system in zona blava (blue zone) spaces until the start of summer. Elsewhere metred parking will be in force Monday to Saturday, from 9.00am to 2.00pm and 4.00pm to 8.00pm, until 1 May. Parking is free on Sundays and bank holidays.

Cars parked in blue zone spots can remain there up to three days, unlike in summer, when the limit is one day. Green zone (zona verda) spots on the other hand are reserved for authorised vehicles, which can be parked for no more than three days, and La Savina residents carrying proof of residence, who can leave vehicles parked for as many as 15 days, just like in summer.

31 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

“Malebable” takes local young'uns on journey of senses

malebable-19-975x650-1-The culture arm of the Consell de Formentera reports that local audiences will get their chance to see Malebable, a work of dance and theatre for children, on Saturday 9 November. The production features Basque choreographer-dancer Helen Lizari Malebable, who, on a trip in an imaginary vehicle, experiences the transformation of materials through textures and touch.

The show is geared towards children aged zero to five and will take shape in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) on Saturday 9 November at 6.00pm. Space is limited, so attendees must reserve in advance by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Admission for children costs €5; adults get in free.

Creation workshops
In addition to the stage production, on Friday 8 November, Lizari will offer two- and three-year-olds of Sa Miranda and Camí Vell nurseries a dance workshop tuned to creation and experimentation. Then, that afternoon, she’ll lead students of the Escola de Música i Dansa (School of Music and Dance) in a master class.

Education and culture councillor Susana Labrador invited parents and families of island tots to see and enjoy the renowned production, saying she was “thrilled” that “children at our nurseries and students of the music school have the chance to take part in a creative dance initiative led by the woman in charge herself”.

Aside from her work as a choreographer and dancer, Lizari is also a professor of movement and motor skills and holds a bachelor’s in theories and analysis of movement as well as studies in dance and interpretation from AHK in Amsterdam. She has studied alongside Jeremy Nelson, Stephen Petronius, Meg Stuart, David Zambrano, Trisha  Brown, Merce Cunningham Company, Wim Vanderkeybus, Anne Teresa (Keersmaeker), Lloyd Newson (DV8), Susan Klein and Stephanie Skura, and others. Over her many years in contemporary dance Lizari has been both a creator and educator.

Malebable comes to Formentera thanks to PLATEA, a programme of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport’s National Institute of Musical and Performing Arts (INAEM). The programme is aimed at bringing island audiences top-tier programming from the national theatre circuit.

Malebable is a coproduction of Mercat de les Flors in collaboration with the El Més Petit de Tots festival and L’Estruch de Sabadell (Ajuntament de Sabadell) and is included in the Consell de Formentera’s L’Illa a Escena programme.

30 October 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

In summer 2019, Formentera upped glass recycling by 23%

ecovidriovj1The environment department of the Consell de Formentera reports that this summer, with the help of Ecovidrio's Moviment Banderes Verdes (“Green Flags Movement"), drop-offs of glass recyclables marked a 23% increase, putting total green-bin collections at 582 tonnes. The figures put Formentera third in the Balearics for glass recycling, and reflect the efforts of the 124 local businesses which took part in the measure. Green collection bins were delivered to participating establishments—some had never participated in glass recycling before; others, seasoned recyclers, saw their container swapped for a newer model. Smaller, specially-designed recycling bins were distributed to hotels.

According to Ecovidrio, the glass-recycling efforts of islanders were equivalent to keeping 337 tonnes of CO2 from escaping into the atmosphere—or 158 cars parked for a year. Or, by another metric, the 415MW-per-hour in energy savings might be translated as keeping 698 tonnes of raw materials in the ground. Environment conseller Antonio J Sanz trumpeted the figures, pointing out “it's as if the hospital cut its yearly energy consumption in half". “This kind of recognition is important", quipped Sanz, who said the numbers were in line with other increases —of 33%— in overall recycling.

Balearic Green Flags Movement
In the Balearics, drop-off rates at green containers are up 11.7% since last year. All told, 11,020 tonnes of glass were collected across the 22 coastal towns that took part in the initiative, putting the reduction of CO2 emissions at 6,391 tonnes.

30 October 2019
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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