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Roof repairs in store for municipal pool

piscina-municipal1The Formentera Council infrastructure department reports that the municipal pool will be closed from 15 to 30 June, inclusive. Over the two week period, crews will carry out reforms and maintenance which are valued at €19,727 and necessary to the proper functioning of the pool.

First on crews' to-do list are repairs of the roof, to be handled by an outside firm for €15,167. The company will also check fixing rods in air conditioning pipes for €1,300. A construction firm will be brought in to waterproof the compensation vessels of the small pool for €3,261. All prices include the value added tax.

The Council's in-house work brigade, or Brigada, will oversee work as well, including repairs to damaged tiles, rust removal and checking joints on the large and small pools.


11 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

School children collect scientific data about micro-plastics on local beaches

mestre-llui--s-andre premsa1The Formentera Council Office of Environment reports that pupils of the Mestre Lluís Andreu school took part in a day of education which found pupils joining artist Sol Courreges in creating a symbolism-heavy project incorporating micro-plastics gathered over the past year. Children also read out short manifestos in defence of the planet.

This 2018-2019 school year, GEN-GOB and the Council have collaborated on a project called “Plastic Zero” across the island's three primary schools in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and la Mola. Spearheaded by the Centre d'Estudis Avançats in Blanes, a group that works to monitor plastics pollution on Mediterranean beaches across Catalunya, Mallorca, Alacant, Eivissa, and now Formentera, the project has obtained help from the science-related civil society group Seawatchers (Observadors del Mar).

To get things off the ground, September of last year saw the selection, based on location, of three local beaches, that would be used to study how pollution effects sea currents. Cavall d'en Borràs was sponsored by Mestre Lluís Andreu, es Pujols by Sant Ferran and es Arenals by la Mola and the other two schools. Some 700 primary school pupils are thought to have participated.

During the school year, children observed established scientific protocol as they gathered samples, which were taken to to schools in order for other students to analyse and classify the plastics. Once entered into the system and weighed, that data was sent to the Seawatchers website.

According to acting environment councillor Daisee Aguilera was on hand for today's event and followed the initiative's progress first-hand during the school year. “Projects like these are terific examples of how to teach future generations about the importance of caring for our environment”, she said. She took the opportunity to give her thanks to the educational community and collaborators for their help “making our island a more sustainable place”.


7 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Enrolment at sailing school starts Monday

cursos-windsurf1The Formentera Council Office of Sport reports that Monday will mark the start of signups for summer courses at the Escola Municipal de Vela, or “Municipal Sailing School”. Instruction will take place 24 June to 30 August and is designed for children over five who already know how to swim. All those interested in enrolling should stop by the Antoni Blanc fitness centre from Monday 10 June.

Modules are two weeks long and classes are held Monday to Friday (two and a half hours per day). Three versions of the course will be offered—the first from 9.00am to 11.30am, the second from 11.30am to 2.00pm and the third from 4.30pm to 7.00pm.

The timetable for the 24 June-5 July module is as follows:

9.00am to 11.30am, sailing for beginners
11.30am to 2.00pm, sailing for beginners and and windsurfing for beginners
4.30pm to 7.00pm, sailing for beginners and windsurfing for beginners


7 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Formentera Council reports: online platform logs more traffic than brick-and-mortar help centre

evoluciomensual instanciagenerThe Formentera Council's new technologies department reports that this May, for the first time since the launch of the Virtual Citizen's Information Office (OVAC), more general business has been conducted online than in person, at the Citizen's Information Office (OAC).

From 1 to 31 May, 362 administrative formalities were completed on the OVAC compared to 342 in person at the OAC—“proof”, asserted acting department head Rafael González, “that the surge of online formalities is still going on”. “We've seen it before in many areas”, said González, “people got more used to taking care of certain official business online than in person”.

One of the most popular requests—metred parking pass renewals—has long been more common online than in person. Whereas 198 were completed at the OAC, 454 were done on the OVAC website.

González added that “the Office of New Technologies will continue working to improve the OVAC and increase the total number of formalities processed online—making such business more accessible and more efficient and sparing all of us trips, time and paper”.


5 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

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