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Ferry companies to offer early-bird and evening connection with Eivissa

foto-rp-marcpons-alejandraferr1Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer held a press conference today in Palma with two Balearic government officials—Marc Pons, head of the mobility and housing ministry, and Xavier Ramis, director general of the ports and airports section—to announce a deal to assure ferry service to Eivissa first thing in the morning, and back again late in the evening.

Baleària will offer 6.00am service to Eivissa from Monday to Friday, and Transmapi pledges to maintain the 10.30pm return passage every day of the week. Mr Pons indicated the service would begin no later than 1 March and, in order to expedite the service rollout, that it wouldn’t be put to public tender.

The Consell de Formentera president highlighted the collaboration with the Govern balear that had gone into securing a connection so crucial for Formentera residents. “For many islanders who travel to Eivissa to study, these passages mean no longer having to move. For people with a loved one in the hospital, it means longer visiting hours. It means that everyone can make the first and last flights off Eivissa. And these are just some of the quality of life improvements it represents for everyday residents”.

Ferrer also insisted that, at the local government level, efforts would continue to focus on including minimum ferry service and fixed passage times in recent regulation known as the “Maritime Transport Decree” (decret de Transport Marítim). “We’d like to see a set number of daily journeys, not only to make sure this is a service islanders can count on, but also to guarantee—since these ships are sailing through the natural reserve—that the service is environmentally sustainable”. She concluded by highlighting “the good the ferry companies had come to the table with in order to work out a deal”.

18 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Father Christmas brings party to Formentera

festa-pare-noel-2019p-1-This Thursday, 19 December, comes the arrival of one of Formentera kids’ most closely watched festivities of the year: the visit from Father Christmas. Little ones will be treated to an afternoon of entertainment from ShowsIbiza.com and the chance to give letters to Father Christmas and have their picture taken with him, too.

The party starts at 5.30pm in the Sa Senieta tent in Sant Francesc. Gluten- and lactose-free hot chocolate plus coca dolça and other sweets will be served. Culture and festivities councillor Susana Labrador encouraged youngsters across the island to come out for the extra-special event.

18 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera unveils 2020 budgets

presentacio---pressupostos-2025Formentera’s president, deputy vice president and economy and tax office councillor —Alejandra Ferrer, Ana Juan and Bartomeu Escandell, respectively— met today at local government offices to present the administration’s spending plans for 2020. The Consell de Formentera’s €30.1-million budget is 0.3%, or €90K, smaller than last year’s.

President Ferrer described the budgetary line as “a continuation of previous budgets”, pledging to “use the money to keep pushing policies that can take the island closer to sustainability and people-centred policies”. In fact, Ferrer pointed out that “the current plan is to keep pushing formentera.eco (scheme to regulate incoming vehicles) while at the same time developing sustainable mobility and public transport”.

Estany des Peix and nursery home
According to Ferrer, regulation of Estany des Peix is included in the budgets under the header “preserving emblematic landmarks”. A line item has also been set aside to complete the final stage of construction on the nursery home. Ferrer asserted that the first budget of her term also centred particularly on fomenting civic participation.

The vice-president, for her part, pointed out that the 2020 budgets —the first of the current legislative term— “are the product of efforts on both sides of the Gent per Formentera-PSOE governing team” and were designed “to put people front and centre in policies—particularly as regards social and environmental sustainability”.

Councillor Escandell gave a detailed overview of the 2020 budget plan, underscoring the fact that “the current budget is the Formentera government’s 13th, the 9th that was agreed between GxF and PSOE, and the first to be presented by a woman president of the Consell de Formentera”. The local head of the economy and tax office added “these are realistic spending plans in defence of budgetary estability. We’re spending only as much as we’re taking in, and continuing in the line of zero debt”.

Urban upgrades
Among the investment planned for urban betterment projects are the following: phase two of upgrades on Avinguda Joan Castelló i Guasch in Sant Francesc (€715K), Sant Ferran children’s park (€210K), improvements in the green area in eastern Sant Francesc and skatepark (€550K) and, finally, upgrades in Es Pujols as part of phase two of a works project that will be tendered during the first half of 2020 and is scheduled for completion by year’s end.

Sustainable island
Standouts among the projects related to the island’s overarching model for sustainability include the €650K push to reorganise and regulate moorage at Estany des Peix. The bid to cap and count incoming vehicles on the island will also continue to move forward, as will €350K in public transport upgrades and €130K in organic solid-waste treatment improvements.

Other efforts will include developing executive plans for mobility and waste management.

Money is also envisioned for efforts to recover iconic heritage sites, for example, through the refurbishment of Can Ramon, a historic home that will be dedicated to cultural purposes, and the continuation of the island’s Catalogue of Trails (Catàleg de Camins), not to mention the purchase of valuable heritage sites like Es Campament.

Public Participation
Policies of citizen participation will be renewed as well, as with €325K for the participatory budgeting initiatives of the Consell d’Entitats. The budget even incorporates €325K from the 2019 budget for initiatives chosen last year and still pending execution.

Senior citizens
The officials also emphasised other star initiatives at the presentation, such as €1.1 million for construction in 2020 of the Sant Ferran Escoleta, and €700K to complete the nursery home. Efforts will also be focused on developing local strategies for children and youth.

17 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Christmas carols at Centre de Dia

nadales-al-centre-de-diaThe Mestre Lluís Andreu primary school choir, composed of roughly thirty pupils between years four and six and the group’s director, music teacher Santi Ramírez, performed four Christmas carols to Formentera residents at the island’s day centre. The crowd of seniors gave the boys and girls a rollicking applause, and had as much fun at the intimate performance as the singers themselves.

16 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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