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Consell removes architectural barriers from eight pedestrian walkways in Sant Francesc

elminacio---barreres-arquitect1The island services department of the Consell de Formentera reports that work has already begun on a month-long, €36,390 effort to remove hurdles to mobility, often referred to as “architectural barriers”, from eight pedestrian walkways in Sant Francesc.

Pavement will be graded at a total of 13 points—four by the Antoni Blanc fitness centre and Sa Miranda nursery, two on Avinguda Vuit d’Agost near Marc Ferrer high school, and two at the Berenger Renart juncture on Avinguda Pla del Rei.

Island services consellera Paula Ferrer counted making roads universally accessible among the administration’s key priorities. She also pointed out that upgrades were happening in places where people with reduced mobility had requested them, and that the changes were part of the island’s “Sustainable Mobility Strategy” (Pla de Mobilitat Sostenible).

14 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Two Formentera pupils snag prizes for work on water cycle

entrega-premis-aqualia1Two pupils from local primary schools —CEIP Sant Ferran de ses Salines's Pablo Wenham Martínez and Ana Burches, of CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu— have been named finalists in seventeenth Concurs Digital Infantil (Digital Kids Contest). The contest is put on by Aqualia, which implements Formentera's municipal water service. The two children’s drawings were picked from a pool of over 7,200 submissions from Spanish cities where Aqualia provides service. All told, 250 children were celebrated for their work.

Alejandra Ferrer and Susana Labrador, Formentera's president and culture conseller, respectively, were joined by the head of Aqualia's operations on the island, Maria del Mar Yern, in applauding the pair’s achievement and presenting each artist with a smartwatch. President Ferrer saluted Aqualia for its initiative and said local schools deserved praise too for taking part in the contest, which works to educate children about the importance of a resource which, according to the president, "is as scarce as it is vital".

Organisers say the competition’s overlap with World Water Day is no accident, and describe the idea behind the competition as “getting kids thinking about managing the water cycle responsibly, and about the hard work that goes into bringing it into people's homes, not to mention cycling it back out in a way that’s sustainable”.

The year three and four pupils who took part in this year's contest learned the ropes as researchers, pinpointing the source of the water we consume every day, then figuring out where it goes when we've finished using it. To that end, a website called "Water Investigators" (www.investigatorsdelaigua.cat) offered children vast educational materials about managing the whole water cycle, including a special section on the Sustainable Development Goals and Aqualia's commitment to the 2030 Agenda.


13 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell launches fresh sweep of web listings for holiday rentals

foto consell premsaThe tourism office and inspection service of the Consell de Formentera report that from 1 December the administration will begin trawling online listings of vacation rentals to check if they note an ET number (for estada turística, i.e. "tourist stay"), or failing that, the code verifying inclusion on the Responsible Declaration of New Activity (Driat).

Legislation passed 19 July 2012 requires that owners of accommodations rented to holidaymakers "incorporate or post an ET number in rental portals" (article 19.n), or, pursuant to article 23.7 of the same legislation, make permanently public their Driat registration number.

Created as part of Formentera's strategy on tourism-related inspections, the push aims for legislative compliance among businesses and tourists, as well as protection of islanders' right to housing, and certifying the exclusively residential use of dwellings not authorised for rental activity.   

The legislation establishes failure to list an ET or Driat number as a minor offence punishable by fines of up to €4,000. Not obtaining the proper permit for rental activity constitutes a major offence, and the infraction carries fines of €20,000 to €40,000.

13 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell and Marina de Formentera sign deal to sponsor municipal sailing school

conveni-escola-de-vela1Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and Marina de Formentera director Juan José Costa signed a deal under which the company pledges two yearly payments of €9,000 to support sports activities at the Escola Municipal de Vela (Municipal Sailing School) and upgrade services and gear required for nautical learning activities, safety and rescue. Formentera officials, including local sports conseller Paula Ferrer, applauded the company for its commitment to nautical sports, a key element of local life. José heralded efforts within the Consell de Formentera to promote sport and the administration's multi-faceted commitment to it.


13 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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