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Es Pastorells take ball pagès to Ciutadella

Ball pages la molaThe Formentera Council Office of Culture wishes to announce details of a performance this weekend by local dance troupe Es Pastorells, where they will share a popular island culture with crowds on Menorca.

The company is shipping out for a Saturday demonstration of ball pagès (country dance) in a Ciutadella theatre. Members of folk group Tramuntana have been enlisted to show visiting Es Pastorells dancers the island and some of its customs. The troupe from Menorca will return the favour with a springtime visit to our island.

In an effort to spread culture within the Balearic region, the Formentera Council financed Es Pastorells' travel costs for the engagement, which came to €2,216.

New hybrid vehicles added to Formentera local police fleet

Foto vehicles policia localFormentera Council president Jaume Ferrer, president's office secretary Bartomeu Escandell and Joan Mayans, head of Policia Local de Formentera, congregated in plaça de la Constitució to unveil the law enforcement agency's latest acquisition: two new hybrid vehicles.

The pair of Toyota RAV4s, hybrid all-terrain vehicles, had a total cost of €57.829 (VAT included). The local police force will use the SUVs to replace part of its arsenal purchased ten years ago. Councillor Escandell said that in making the purchase, the administration took into account cars' “adaptability to local terrain and environmental sensitivity”.

In all, Formentera's local police fleet comprises four cars (two hybrids and two combustion engines), one van, four motorcycles and one tow-truck.

Start of winter hours for metred parking in la Savina

Foto aparcament de la savinaThe Formentera Council's Office of Mobility has reported that from tomorrow (Wednesday, November 1) winter hours will be in effect for metred parking in la Savina. Motorists must request a ticket to park Monday to Saturday from 9.00am and 2.00pm, and Monday to Friday from 4.00pm to 8.00pm. Parking will be free on Sundays and bank holidays. The current scheme will be enforced until May 1.

From tomorrow vehicles can be parked in blue zones up to three days in a row; the summertime limit is one day. Authorised vehicles may be parked in green zones for three days maximum, while those that live in la Savina and possess the required documentation can leave vehicles parked up to 15 days, as occurs in summer. Mobility councillor Rafael González gave an extremely positive review of the service, now in its third

With the system's third summer now behind it, mobility councillor Rafael González described la Savina's metred parking as “immensely successful”.

Since January 1, la Savina's parking metres have collected €152,000, an 7.8% increase on the same period last year. Fines, the majority of which are still being processed, are expected to push revenues even higher.

Residents are hereby reminded that from tomorrow, la Savina's overflow car park, located across from Illes Pitiüses park, will be closed.

Upgrades at municipal cinema

Foto cinema sala de culturaThe Formentera Council wishes to announce that, due to scheduled upgrades, film showings this Friday (November 3) and Sunday (November 5) at the island's cinema have been cancelled.

The Sala de Cultura (literally, “hall of culture”) will remain closed October 31 to November 10, during which time crews, in addition to performing repairs of the stage, puttying and repainting of inside walls and maintenance of outdoor wooden structures, will apply a material to prevent slips on floors, replace a wooden door, switch out indoor lighting and repair the lighting for the cinema's outdoor sign.

The cost of upgrades is €10,591 (VAT included), though some work, such as on lighting, will be overseen by Council work crews.

Education and culture secretary Susana Labrador offered apologies for any inconveniences caused by the closure. She described the upgrades part of a promise made by the administration's senior councillors and the PSOE to “equip the cinema for current needs and improve the quality of life for those island residents that use it”.

More improvements
In recent months other upgrades have also sought to achieve the same. Single-pane glass in the cinema's windows was replaced with double-paned equivalents in an effort to better the building's insulation. The price tag for those improvements was €480, VAT included. For security reasons, a wooden door on the side of the cinema was upgraded with an aluminium replacement, an operation which cost €740 (VAT included). Crews also coated the projection room door with sheet metal and repaired a side emergency exit door.

Lastly, the cinema received a new air-conditioning unit, which cost €15,173 (VAT included).

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