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Formentera cierra el acceso a Ses Illetes mañana a partir de las 18 h para evitar las fiestas en las playas y proteger el Parque Natural

foto 2021 reunio seguretat estiu ALa presidenta del Consell de Formentera, Alejandra Ferrer, ha presidido la reunión de coordinación de seguridad para, entre otras actuaciones, preparar un dispositivo especial para hacer frente a la situación que se vive en el Parque Natural de ses Salines de Formentera donde en los últimos días se han producido fiestas que han provocado aglomeraciones y donde no se han respetado la normativa anticovid vigente.

En el encuentro, semipresencial, que se ha celebrado en la Sala de Actos del Consell han participado representantes de la Guardia Civil, Policía Local, del Servicio de Inspección y de Medio Ambiente del Consell, de las áreas de Emergencias y Medio ambiente del Govern, y de la Demarcación de Costas del Gobierno estatal, así como la vicepresidenta y consellera de Comercio, Ana Juan, los consellers de Interior, Josep Marí, de Medio Ambiente y Servicios de Inspección, Antonio J. Sanz, y de Movilidad, Rafael González.

Tras la reunión, Alejandra Ferrer, ha anunciado que en las próximas horas se aprobará un decreto de Presidencia para decretar a partir de mañana el cierre al acceso de vehículos desde las 18 h, para todo los puntos de acceso al Parque Natural de ses Salines de Eivissa y Formentera, en la zona de Illetes. A partir de esta hora, las personas sólo podrán salir pero no entrar, a no ser que tengan alguna reserva para ir a algún establecimiento de la zona.

“El objetivo de esta medida es prevenir la proliferación del covid-19 en la isla, ya que en los últimos días se han producido concentraciones de personas, con o sin ingesta de alcohol, que no respetaban la normativa anticovid vigente; también ha habido casos de venta ambulante y se ha dañado el medio ambiente de esta zona protegida”, según se recoge en el decreto.

Hay que recordar que ahora mismo las playas permanecen cerradas entre los 00 h y las 6 h y a partir del sábado, con el cambio normativo, estarán cerradas a partir de las 22 h.

Alejandra Ferrer ha recordado que en Formentera tenemos visitantes habitualmente respetuosos con el entorno y las normas, pero este año también ha venido una parte de turismo “incívico, que no respeta las medidas de seguridad sanitaria, ni tampoco a los cuerpos de seguridad según nos han trasladado a la reunión desde los mismos cuerpos”.

Refuerzo extraordinario
En el encuentro, los cuerpos de seguridad se han comprometido a hacer un refuerzo extraordinario para llevar adelante este dispositivo especial en el que participarán agentes de la Policía Local, de los diferentes cuerpos de la Guardia Civil (de Formentera, Usecic, Tráfico), y de el área de Movilidad del Consell. Asimismo, también se ha avanzado que habrá refuerzos puntuales en estas semanas centrales del mes de agosto de los GEAS y del Servicio Marítimo para tratar la problemática de la venta de bebidas en la mar y la llegada de vendedores ilegales, las “party boat” y la llegada a las fiestas de la playa desde las embarcaciones. Estos efectivos contarán también con la colaboración del Servicio de Inspección y Medio Ambiente del Consell.

Por su parte, desde el Govern balear se han comprometido a venir a Formentera en los próximos días para hacer inspecciones desde el Servicio de Emergencias a los establecimientos que incumplen y hacer cumplir la normativa sanitaria.

La presidenta también ha explicado que en el encuentro “hemos hablado también sobre el posible efecto dominó que puede tener esta medida respecto a otras zonas; seremos flexibles y si es necesario se trasladarán estas medidas a otros lugares”.

Mensaje a la ciudadanía y el empresariado
Con esta medida, Alejandra Ferrer ha querido dejar claro que ”no queremos que paguen justos por pecadores, sabemos que la mayoría de los establecimientos están cumpliendo y quieren llegar a final de temporada, así como también la mayoría de los residentes de la isla, que han pasado un invierno muy duro para poder tener un buen verano. Por ello, nuestro objetivo no es poner nuevas limitaciones, sino detener el comportamiento de los infractores que nos ponen en peligro”. En este sentido, la presidenta ha agradecido la paciencia al empresariado ya los formenterenses y su esfuerzo a los cuerpos y fuerzas de seguridad. “Desde el Consell no detendremos con todos los medios de que disponemos para poder pasar al más seguros posibles estos 20-25 días que quedan de agosto: tenemos claro que serán duros y por eso vuelvo a solicitar la colaboración de todos y todas”.

Horario de la restauración
Por otra parte, en el encuentro también se ha hablado sobre otros focos de botellón y aglomeraciones que se producen en la isla en el núcleo de Es Pujols y Sant Ferran, especialmente a la hora de cierre de la restauración, para que los cuerpos de seguridad se coordinen para evitarlos. “Ahora, el acortamiento de la apertura de los establecimientos supondrá una presión añadida a los cuerpos y fuerzas de seguridad”, en palabras de la presidenta, que ha asegurado que seguirá reclamando que las medidas se adapten a la realidad de Formentera, “para que sean efectivas y no contraproducentes, porque si no, causan frustración y son injustas para las personas y empresariado que las están cumpliendo desde el inicio de esta pandemia”.

4 de agosto de 2021
Área de Comunicación
Consell de Formentera

New Covid constraints on Formentera

foto 2021 noves mesures covid AConsell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and the Councillor of Mobility and Housing, Josep Marí, outlined new pandemic containment measures that will be in force on Formentera and across the Balearics starting next weekend.

Main changes:
-No social or family gatherings between 1.00am and 6.00am, except among members of the same household.
-Beaches must remain closed from 10.00pm to 6.00am.
-Restaurants must close at 1.00am, one hour earlier than the current limit (pending possible revision per request by the president). Indoors, where diners were previously six to a table, there will be a four-to-a-table maximum (or an eight-to-a-table maximum on terraces, down from twelve-to-a-table).

Ferrer said both Formentera’s current case count of 109 and its cumulative incidence rate were running high, although she stressed the figures continued to reflect estimations that were based on resident numbers, not the real number of inhabitants currently. “The Consell has always defended the principle of coherent, fair and effective containment measures”, she said, “and this is a case where one of those measures needs tweaking”.

In particular, President Ferrer insisted on the need to rethink new restrictions on hours of operation at restaurants. “An hour less for this sector is a big deal”, she charged, “some will even consider closing”. The island’s top official cast doubt on whether mandating limited business hours would have the desired effect on Formentera, and suggested the move could in fact be counterproductive. “Closing time is when we see the streetside gatherings and private parties that we’re trying to curb”, said the president. “We need help from the restaurants and bars and we want to help them. The island generally has outdoor terraces where people can stay two metres apart, and we don’t think it’s fair to make people who follow the rules pay for the behaviour of a few who don’t”, she said.

Praise for law enforcement
President Ferrer applauded the crucial work of local security forces, particularly Formentera Local Police and the local bureau of inspections. “They’re doing a lot, but last week we asked the Balearic government for reinforcements because there’s not enough of them to conduct controls”, she said. Apart from pressing Palma for help enforcing labour and public health standards, the island’s government asked for additional manpower from the Balearic Directorate General of Emergencies and Interior (DCEI). “DCEI deployments on every island but Formentera are helping to ensure compliance with Covid constraints”, said the president.

President Ferrer closed by asking islanders to be responsible and applauded their efforts to date.

2 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera asks for help from Balearic gov’t and vacation rental property owners in tackling rise in Covid cases

In a letter sent today by Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer to Balearic first minister Francina Armengol, the island’s top-ranking official said that dedicated staff would be essential to maintaining round-the-clock labour and public health inspections, insisting such “pre-pandemic” tasks remain crucial today. She also asked for help from the Balearic bureau of inspections and emergencies in tracking compliance with Covid-19 measures.

President Ferrer’s letter describes a situation of ever growing complexity in which “existing municipal regulations and ordinances have been made to accommodate a battery of regulations which are focussed specifically on stemming spread of Covid-19. Meanwhile, enforcement is undermined by staffing shortages amid ever greater numbers of people on the island. The absence of controls to effectively enforce rules about when businesses can and can’t open has given way to exceedingly serious cases of overcrowding, especially at beaches and in urban areas. Since no one is there to enforce business closures, the problem is sent further down the pike to the homes, hotels and apartments where people continue to flout Covid restrictions.

Coordination
Under increased collaboration with the island’s tourism planning department, local law enforcement to will be able to access relevant data about owners of vacation rental properties. If a person renting a home throws an illegal party, police can ask the homeowners for the renter’s contact information, raising the possbility the person receives an associated fine in the future. Homeowners who choose not to supply the information will themselves face the fine. “If owners of vacation rental properties do their part to curb increasingly frequent house parties, we can ensure compliance with public health regulations and put a stop to surging cases”, said President Ferrer.

Drinking in the street
Pointing to increasingly frequent streetside revellers and crowds at beaches, Ferrer asked the Balearic government for a dedicated Covid detail on the island. Agents could go places where overcrowding is frequent, Ferrer offered, and perform outreach before the situation becomes problematic. “We’re also extremely concerned about the return of ‘party boats’ and watercraft peddling alcohol at sea and on beaches”, added the president.

Ferrer closed by highlighting recent expansions and reinforcements to the island’s Civil Guard service including new safety and traffic units. Both will coordinate with Formentera Local Police, she said, insisting exceptional circumstances meant additional support would be crucial.

30 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell holds July plenary

foto 2021 ple juliolAt today’s July plenary assembly of local government, participants unanimously granted initial approval to proposed regulations of use at the Formentera skate park. Youth department chief Vanessa Parellada indicated admission at the park would be free and that park users would be subject to certain rules, such as, for children under 12, that an adult accompany them while at the skate park. The only equipment approved for use at the skate park are skateboards, scooters, roller-skates, rollerblades and BMX bikes, and park users must wear approved helmets, elbow- and knee-pads and other protective gear. Park users are also required to come in appropriate footwear, and can’t play ball games like football, bring food or bottles made of glass or containing beverages other than water or sports drinks, smoke, litter or sit on the rim of the bowl structure, on benches around the park’s circumference or inside it.

Councillor Parellada said that next week a large poster would feature an easy to follow summary and graphic illustration of the main rules. Rules displayed on posters since the park opened were shaped with outside input, she said, highlighting conversations with the future park’s users about what their particular needs and wishes were. “The next poster will be bigger and more visual”, she concluded.

Patchy coverage
Gent per Formentera and PSOE cabinet members united with opposition councillors to pass a proposal regarding recurring failures in mobile phone coverage on the island. Local legislators urged the responsible government agencies to take necessary steps within their respective powers to urgently address inadequate network signal on Formentera.

Councillor Parellada, who also heads the island’s department of new technologies, held that residents of Formentera face a “twice-compounded isolation in their personal, family and professional lives” and that islanders remain “on unequal footing in terms of opportunities and competitiveness” compared to people in other Spanish territories. The pandemic has thrown that disadvantage into relief, said Parellada, stressing that “Formentera residents are in the unique position of requiring communications and new technologies for services which people in other territories can access without such technology”. The councillor insisted that, with plenary support, her department would be in a “much better position to demand quality service for all of Formentera”.

Reusing sludge from waste water treatment plant
Assembly members once again came together to push the Balearic environment ministry to work with Formentera’s government on a plan for how to use sludge from the waste water treatment plant in a way that respects municipal regulations on non-hazardous waste.

Environment chief Antonio J. Sanz highlighted La Mola residents’ repeated complaints about flies and a foul smell emanating from WWTP sludge which was applied in the area. She insisted no notice was given of plans to use the sludge on the island.

“Sludge is a fine example of something that can be repurposed to support agriculture and the circular economy”, said Sanz, “but it mustn’t be a nuisance or generate problems for neighbours and public health".

Other proposals
Plenary participants again struck unity on three proposals tabled by representatives of Sa Unió:

First, to improve and condition the surface of Sa Senieta car park; review horizontal and vertical road signage, and optimise surveillance in response to capacity issues.

Second, to ask the Balearic Civil Law Advisory Council (CLAC), and by extension the CLAC of Eivissa-Formentera, to study the impact on Balearic civil law, specifically provisions applicable to Eivissa and Formentera, of legislation adopted on 9 July to prevent and combat tax fraud. The Spanish law, a transposition of Council Directive (EU) 2016/1164, lays down a series of rules, including one to prevent and combat tax avoidance practices which directly affect the functioning of the internal market, another concerning amendments to tax rules and a third on gambling. The report will be used to determine whether or not such legislation is constitutional and, if so, press the Balearic government or parliament to take steps to denounce it as such. Assembly members also agreed such communication with the Balearic authorities should include condemnation of the legislation on the grounds it impinges on the independence of local government.
 
And finally, at the behest of the opposition, assembly members called for changes to enhance the effectiveness of the current ordinance on illegal street-side vending by increasing fines and making other financial modifications.

Report from Ana Juan
Ana Juan took the assembly floor today to detail efforts within the housing, seniors, commerce and entrepreneurship departments: “Recent months have seen renewed focus on responding to the public health emergency at hand and reducing the economic toll of the pandemic on the most vulnerable, including self-employed people and business owners”.

Meanwhile, work within the entrepreneurship office has centred on employment and training for the jobless, and the housing office has orchestrated the first-ever rollout of renters’ assistance (a second round of handouts has already secured plenary backing). On trade, the councillor highlighted collaborative campaigns this year with businesses, as well as tax breaks. On efforts within the seniors department, Juan pointed to improvement and maintenance work carried out during closures, and to new defibrillators to make seniors’ clubs heart-safe.

30 July 2021
Communications Department
Council of Formentera

Fire brigade and response crews get help clearing roads after storm

foto 2021 pluges AFirefighters, cleaning services and the roads brigade of local government continue their second day of work today to remove water and clean roads affected by a heavy storm which battered the island.

In Es Pujols, a particularly hard-hit neighbourhood, crews used pressure washers and shovels to clear mud and debris that had been loosened by torrential rain. Work is also being carried out on PM-820 (the island’s main arterial), in car parks in Es Pujols and at Ses Illetes and on smaller roads across Formentera.

Exceptional situation
According to the national meteorological agency, 24-hour rainfall yesterday marked an all-time record on the island since records have been kept. The exceptional situation saw drainage systems overflow along Avinguda Miramar and Carrer Punta Prima. Municipal crews will perform checks to ensure the infrastructure remains functional and will study how to minimise the chances that the situation is repeated.

The Formentera Department of Environment will also extend measures to stem proliferation of mosquitoes in areas of stagnant fresh water.

27 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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