The debate around whether or not to knock down the half built bridges on the main road which runs the length of Menorca, shouldn’t be about safety or legality as the alternatives on offer are both legal and safe, as the reports commissioned by local government confirm. That the report advises against demolishing the bridges is hardly surprising, taking into account that is was written by the same person who originally designed the use of the polemical bridges in the first place. One has to ask why interventions made on other parts of the road are considered to be perfectly safe yet, when it comes to arguments against demolishing the bridges, putting into place cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternatives, people are using the road safety ticket to justify their completion.
Some people may still remember that the original project which was commissioned, didn’t actually include any of the bridges at all, they were later added to the project for political reasons. The real debate here is about if planned changes on the road between Maó and Alaior are rational and proportional. Technicians have calculated that the flow of traffic will be 26 secs faster if the roundabouts are built below the road bridge rather than on the same level as the road. However, we have to balance those 26 seconds against the cost of impairing the beauty of the landscape and endangering archaeological settlements. If political regeneration is to be taken seriously then we should not be building memorials to oversized and over priced public works. Road safety here is not under question, everything else needs to be.
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The conversion of farm buildings for alternative use, making tourist accommodation available in the countryside or new buildings for agricultural use are both opportunities and dangers for Menorca. The College of Architects and GOB have had a series of meetings to try to analyse positive proposals and control potential undesirable effects. Continue reading Architects and GOB join together to propose criteria for rural land
Xavier Solano, an expert viticulturist and wine producer, will give a practical workshop on the secrets of ecological cultivation of stocks grown in home gardens. It will take place this Saturday15 December at 10 am in the Es Viver nursery garden of GOB. It is a public workshop and admission is free, and starts the season for pruning and planting fruit trees that can also be found at Es Viver. Continue reading Tomorrow, workshop on the care of vines at Es Viver
GOB started, in the summer, a programme to end the unnecessary use of plastics which contaminate the sea. As well as organising days for cleaning up the coastline they are working to reduce the consumption of one use plastics. Continue reading new pledges to end one use plastics
With technical reports and legal opinions against, with a written order by the mayor saying that the licence ought to be given whatever, with two companies standing in the way, no one can see who has the concession for gas. In Es Migjorn, the argument on piped gas has taken on new dimensions. Continue reading The Kafkaesque licensing of Es Migjorn Gas
On Sunday 2 December there will be a new talayotic excursion organized by the Island Council Government Department of Culture with GOB to combine exploring the island and its ancient sites accompanied by information on the talayotic world given by experts. Continue reading Sunday 2 December Excursion to Montefí and Es Tudons
This Saturday, 17 November, Damià Gomis Bosch will receive the Pere Prats Prize awarded to him for his work on the environment. The event will be open to the public at the headquarters of GOB at 19.00 hours. Continue reading On Saturday, Damià Gomis will receive the Pere Prats Prize
Next Sunday, 18 November, we have organised an excursion, open to the public, to learn about plants from the Camí des Pou Vell. The walk will go around Es Migjorn, in an area of gardens, which has also, some ethnological interest. The so called Spring of the Winter is the time when many Menorcan plants and bushes fructify and the weeds carpet the countryside in green. Continue reading Next Sunday learn about plants around Es Migjorn
Here is a little summary for last week’s news: Pledges to end one use plastics by 2020, Round Table Talks on the Reserve of the Biosphere, Workshop at Es Viver, GOB’s garden centre. Continue reading Short Summary for last week
Centuries ago, Machiavelli warned that the iron hand is usually disguised by a velvet glove. When the true nature of things becomes apparent, there is often a risk that while power is maintained, authority is lost. And when authority is lost, it becomes difficult to keep control. Continue reading Don’t lose the thread