Protection demanded for Playa de Palma in Spain's Mallorca

Deterioration along the promenade of Playa de Palma. CREDIT: Ciutat de s'Arenal

THE Residents’ Group ‘Ciutat de s’Arenal’ in Spain’s Mallorca has criticised the “high degree of institutional neglect” suffered on the Playa de Palma in five complaints addressed to Mayor José Hila.
The five requests relate to security bollards being vandalised which need to be replaced, the lack of trees planted along the promenade, the implementation of posters outlining bylaws, the suspension of licences for street musicians and bus services in the area.
The group state that the elimination of the EMT bus number 15 service has impacted resident’s daily lives, citing that those living in El Molinar now must make unnecessary changes in order to get to Arenal. This has led to many people now using their cars, adding to the already high amount of pollution in the city.
They urge the Mayor and Palma City Council to use “courage and innovation” in improving Playa de Palma where efforts should be made to ensure quality of life, citizen safety, urgent maintenance and the installation of modern infrastructure.
The group’s president Biel Barceló states that improvements have been “dragging on for far too long” where he hopes that these requests will draw the attention of the Mayor and push him to realise the growing concerns of residents.

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Isha Sesay