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Council clinches agreement to build local residence

Residenciaformentera web 0367The president of the Formentera Council and the regional secretary of social services and cooperation signed an agreement today paving the way for construction of a local residence for care-dependent individuals. Joining Jaume Ferrer and Fina Santiago at the event was Govern balear president Francina Armengol.

The residence, which will be part of the Govern's public care network, is expected to cost 1.2M€. The price tag will be split between the Govern (70%) and Formentera Council (30%). The two administrations will also share the facility's operating costs. The Palma government's per-day contribution for care for dependent individuals varies between €63 and €68, according to their degree of dependency.

The new residence, designed to accommodate 18, will have 14 single and two double rooms. Plans call for a connecting hallway allowing the neighbouring dependent care centre, or Centre de Dia, and the residence to share resources. President Ferrer hailed the agreement as an important step towards “a facility that will add a level of dignity to the lives of Formentera residents, particularly those in situations of care-dependency”. In closing, Formentera's president saluted the hard work of social welfare secretary Vanessa Parellada and her opposite number in Palma that made construction of the residence possible.

Transfer of authority on admissions to live-in care
President Ferrer also took part in today's gathering of the so-called “Mixed Transfer Commission,” in which participants agreed to transfer admissions authority at residences and care centres for senior citizens, care-dependent individuals and facilities that promote personal autonomy to the island councils of Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca. The change will take effect in early 2018.

Ses Salines canal cleanup

Neteja canal ses salinesDaisee Aguilera, head of the Formentera Council's Office of Environment says a recent cleanup of the ses Salines canal was aimed at “ensuring the free flow of water and preventing the loss of ornithological biodiversity”. The operations were conducted in the underground portion of the canal extending from the commercial dock of the Balearic port authority (APB), adjacent to the Formentera Mar tower, to the salterns behind carrer Gregal in la Savina, known as Salines Ferrer.

Over 13 days, a four-person crew —one foreman plus specialists in prevention, quality and environment— extricated 650 cubic metres (m3) of sewage sludge and slurry and 12m3 of solid waste from a 150-metre stretch of canal. Nearly two decades of buildup had, in Aguilera's words, made the task “very necessary”. Although such measures are not within the Council's purview, “unblocking the canal and restoring the flow of water was urgent, so we acted”. The canal serves to funnel rainwater to the sea and prevent its entering estany Pudent and nearby salt ponds.

Aguilera hopes such efforts will help encourage other branches of public administration to adopt conservation measures as well. The secretary described Formentera's salterns as emblematic.

Operations included:
-Clearing vegetation from uncovered portion of canal to allow for access
-Ventilating manholes and repositories
-Daily oxygen-level checks
-Equipping the underground gallery with lighting
-Sealing off portions of the canal to prevent leaks into groundwater
-Draining tanker truck of water and sludge
-Manual removal of solid waste
-Pressure washing to remove solidified slurry, sand and gravel
-Vacuuming loosened material with tanker truck
-Breaking up and removal of blocked passages to restore flow of water

Formentera wants part of island's port for public use

Port 1 foto ja arribasFormentera Council president Jaume Ferrer will ask the Balearic port authority (APB) to designate part of la Savina's port for public use, namely by local nautical groups. “We believe part of the Formentera port should be for individuals whose livelihoods are tied to the sea,” said Ferrer, calling it a step towards “reclaiming traditional uses of the port and revitalising la Savina”.

The Council's request followed an announcement from the APB that the agency would not extend the lease held by the la Savina marina, Formentera Mar. As Ferrer put it, “the change from leisure port to nautical club could broaden the port's reach on the island and help it transition into a social, cultural, sport and recreational centre for residents”.

Moreover, President Ferrer highlighted the bid to regulate use of estany des Peix, which he expects the current addition of moorage spots in la Savina will make easier.

From next week, open enrolment in integration course

Curs dintegracio i reforc 2017The Formentera Council's Office of Social Welfare wishes to announce that from Monday, October 23, to Monday, November 6, enrolment will begin for the Council's course on social and cultural integration, now in its ninth year. The course is held twice annually, once in November and again in March. This round of classes will begin November 7 and finish the 30th.

Space is available for 15 and individuals interested in enrolling are asked to inquire at the social welfare office. A valid ID (temporary residence card [NIE] or passport) is required for registration. Conducted over 20 hours in two weekly sessions, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.30 to 7.00pm, the course will be held in the large classroom of the school for adults and be led by Dolores Tamargo.

Topics covered will include Spain's constitutional values, human rights and civil liberties, the Balearic Statute of Autonomy, the European Union and gender equality, among others. Aimed at familiarising students with the various subjects and helping them obtain the associated accreditation, the classes are mainly geared towards immigrants, particularly those wishing to renew their residence permit, prepare for the CCSE citizenship test or demonstrate integration during the early phases of their stay in Spain.

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