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.
(This is a summary of the original article).
Continue reading The kidnapped road
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
The technical and legal services of the Alaior Town Hall have confirmed the version that GOB has been putting forward for some months. There is no record that the two enormous hotels on the front line of Son Bou had a licence for them to be constructed to the size that they became. Therefore, it is not possible to accept plans that aim to strengthen and enlarge these buildings even more and which would last for some decades to come and have a huge detrimental impact on one of the largest landscapes along the coast of Menorca. Continue reading A difficult future for the large scale hotels at Son Bou
Following the postponement of this event in June, we are delighted to announce that it has now been rearranged for Thursday 12 July.
This is a ROQUETA readers’ event, and we have invited leading island experts including representatives from GOB, the Menorcan Preservation Fund, the Biosphere Agency from the Consell Insular de Menorca and a private individual well versed in environmental matters to join us on a panel and take pre-prepared questions from readers on the local Menorcan environment and its sustainability. After each question, we will invite those attending to ask supplementary ones from the floor. Continue reading You are invited to the Environmental Question Time
[Translation of an interview to Carlos Coll in Diari Menorca]
Brakes should be applied to the increase in tourism
The new leader of the ecology association wants to give more publicity to its activities and to get other groups on the island involved.
From the bank to volunteering and from volunteering to the presidency of the well-established ecological association of Menorca. Carlos Coll Pons (1950, San Luis) has accepted the proposal of the assembly of GOB to succeed Jaume Obrador as its president. Although his past work does not have much in common with this new commitment, he is a cheerful chap from Sant Lluís and open to following the line of his predecessor and especially in promoting and publicising the number of activities carried out by the association. With dialogue and respect he deems it necessary to control the number of tourists visiting in peak season and to highlight those policies which preserve the island’s landscape. Continue reading Interview to our President Carlos Coll
Each time there is a serious accident on a road in Menorca there is reasoned controversy on how to minimize these sad events. Families who have lost someone in an accident have difficulty in finding consolation, and, as a society we are obliged to analyse the ways in which to make roads safer. Continue reading The Main Road. Theory and Facts
The PP (Partido Popular) representatives at the local Island Government of Menorca has presented a petition demanding that the structure to serve as a roundabout of two levels at l’Argentina, should be kept just as it was proposed. Continue reading Recollections on the double level roundabouts for the main road
Summer is the time for flies. They are creatures with surprising abilities but also with noisy limitations. The same with humans. The perception of how we can be affected differs between each of us in our respective worlds. The fly can die on a glass pane even though there is an open window alongside. As humans we are able to analyse and improve on some of our schemes that previously had been difficult to clarify. Continue reading Vitreous difficulties
Menorca has the luck to be able to foresee, to a large extent, its possible future taking into account what is happening to its neighbouring islands. Mallorca and Ibiza started the metamorphosis, and have suffered the consequences of an unlimited growth in tourism much more than has Menorca. With examples so close by it is not difficult to want to intervene where we possibly can and stop what could happen if we do not take steps. Continue reading Up to our Necks
The questionnaire which the Consell Insular recently did on line about tourism in Menorca has had over 1 700 responses which will help us to reflect on where we are and where we are going.
Both the age range and the professions of the people who responded to the questionnaire are diverse. Although we cannot claim the responses to be completely representative of Minorcan society, various things stand out. Continue reading Model Tourism