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Marià Villangómez library welcomes islanders back for on-site visits without appointment, but reduced capacity

foto 2020 bibliotecaThe Formentera department of culture reports that when Biblioteca Marià Villangómez opens on 1 July, visitors will be able to stay for on-site visits without an appointment, though capacity limitations will be in effect. Library hours are 10.30am to 1.00pm (Monday to Friday) and 5.00pm to 7.30pm (Monday to Thursday).

Appointments, available by sending an email to biblioteca@conselldeformentera.cat or calling 971 32 33 86 during normal hours, are recommended for visitors who intend to check out materials. Queries about library holdings and the catalogue can be handled at http://caiblib.uib.es, or at the front desk of the library.

Islanders who wish to use the printing and photocopy service should also schedule an appointment to do so. Such individuals should send a copy of the document they wish to print by email to reprografia@conselldeformentera.cat, specifying the number of copies desired and whether printing should be done in black and white or colour.

The returns box will remain operational during normal library hours. All returned material will be held in quarantine for 24 hours.

The library will be equipped with 12 stations where visitors can read, study or use a personal computer during 20-minute sessions. Any document consulted will subsequently be kept in 24-hour quarantine.

In the afternoon, the library’s computer lab will also have six computers available for sessions of 20 minutes. Visitors who want to use a station at the computer lab are encouraged to send an email to reprografia@conselldeformentera.cat first to schedule an appointment.

Visitors to the library are asked to keep a 1.5-metre distance from each other and library personnel. The use of hand sanitiser is required, as are masks for everyone over six.

The children’s room will remain closed to the public and library visitors must be accompanied by library staff in order to access books there. Donations are not being accepted, and children’s books may not be lent out. The Sant Ferran library connection remains closed.

1 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

1 July marks return of controls on access to Ses Illetes

The Formentera office of mobility reports that from tomorrow, 1 July, visitors to Ses Salines nature reserve must pay to access the area, save for Formentera residents, for whom access remains free all summer long.

In the first half of July, non-residents will pay €5 or €3 for a car or motor scooter, respectively, and one euro more until the end of August. Rates return to July-levels during first two weeks in September, and shrink by one euro from the 15th to month’s end.

People with reduced mobility, drivers of electric vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists can all access the reserve at no cost. Individuals with hybrid vehicles, for their part, benefit from a 50% reduction.

Access to the reserve is controlled from 9.00am to 5.00pm all season long, continuing at Es Cavall d'en Borràs and Llevant until 15 September and concluding at Illetes two weeks later.

Mobility conseller Rafael González described the service’s closure till now as par for the course in the off-season. He said its reactivation was part of broader reopening efforts across the island.

The reserve is equipped with parking for 342 cars and 1,060 scooters.

Controlled access to Es Cap de Barbaria
Motorists will face checks from Saturday 4 July when they visit Es Cap de Barbaria lighthouse in 2020. In force until 15 October, the scheme was conceived in an effort to preserve the natural environment of the publicly-owned lot “Sa Tanca d'allà dins”.

Access to Es Cap de Barbaria has been controlled for the last three years by means of a barrier blocking vehicle passage at kilometre 6.5 of the Es Cap highway. One of the ways controlled entry works to improve visitor experience at Es Cap lighthouse and Es Garroveret defence tower is by reducing potential obstacles to access. As at Ses Illetes, the set-up in Es Cap de Barbaria, which is typically reactivated in May, was not deployed because the area found itself without visitors. There is a car park near the barrier with capacity for 60 cars and 100 scooters. Motorists are encouraged to get out and walk or cycle the remaining stretch of road to the lighthouse.

Access for people with reduced mobility
When traffic is heaviest, from 11.00am to 1.00pm and 6.00pm to 10.00pm, an agent will be stationed beside the barrier to grant access to individuals with reduced mobility.

Blue- and green-zone parking and formentera.eco
Tomorrow is the first day this season that drivers must obtain validation to park in blue- or green-zone spots in La Savina, Es Pujols, Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran. Though metred parking is in place neither in Es Caló nor La Mola, attendants will be deployed to control parking as visitor numbers in the two towns grow.

Formentera’s scheme to regulate incoming vehicles, formentera.eco, will also resume from tomorrow for the second straight year.

30 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell lends farmers’ co-op storage unit and grain silo

foto 2020 coop campAs part of a deal signed into action by Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and Cooperativa del Camp chairman Jaume Escandell, the local farmers’ co-operative can use a storage station and grain silos belonging to the Formentera government.

Ferrer and Escandell were joined by primary sector conseller Josep Marí and the co-op’s director, Carlos Marí, on a visit of the station, which is made up of three 45m3 silos, a receiving hopper and a grain distributor.

President Ferrer highlighted the Consell’s longstanding commitment to helping the agrarian collective breathe fresh life into local agriculture. “It’s a mission that means more now than ever before, because during confinement we saw first hand how important it was to be able to meet our own needs for certain products”, she offered.

Escandell, for his part, described the structure as a potential path to self-sufficiency in terms of grain and feed needs on the island. The co-op chairman said that islanders have continued to entrust the co-op with parcels of land, and pointed out that Formentera is on track to producing enough grain to keep Formentera livestock fed.

Associated costs
The purchase and installation of the silos and hopper, not to mention of the electrical panel  powering the refrigerating unit and grain elevator, cost €146,330.96. The effort to reinvigorate Formentera’s farming sector receives 80% of its funding from the LEADER fund; the remainder is paid for by the Consell de Formentera.

30 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Anna Ametller’s “Juliol” takes up residence tomorrow at Centre ‘Gabrielet’

cartell 2020 juliolTomorrow at Centre Antoni Tur ‘Gabrielet’, the artist Anna Ametller will pull the curtain back on “Juliol”. The exhibition of recycled artefacts, repurposed by Ametller as sculptures, invites visitors to feel summer as a visual experience. “It’s a feeling that’s pleasant, fresh, poetic and child-like”, offers the artist.

Ametller points out that she plucked many of the materials that made it into the show —driftwood, scrap metal, plastic and rocks— from the Formentera shoreline. For the artist, each one signifies a distinct emotion: wood embodies warmth, for example, while plastics recall the opposite end of the spectrum.

The show opens tomorrow 1 July at 5.00pm, and is scheduled to run Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, until 10 July.

30 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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