Steel posts started appearing in Es Capdella this morning.

25-08-2016Stuart Pearce

The Bulletin was this morning contacted by a number of residents in the Es Capdella area complaining about the sudden arrival, with no prior warning or explanation from Calvia town hall, of giant steel posts.

Leading international photographer Stuart Pearce, who lives in the village, said that they are at least seven metres high and it’s not yet clear what is going to go on top. They are presumably going to be lights, but the locals consider the poles running between the two villages of Es Capdella and Calvia an eyesore and blot on a Unesco-protected landscape.

It would appear there is a breakdown in communication between Calvia and the Council of Majorca, which is responsible for protecting the Unesco heritage site.

So far, 47 of these giant steel masts have been put up and nobody knows if there are more to come, never mind why.

"Once the Council of Majorca finds out what’s going on in this Unesco site, they will go mental," one resident told the Bulletin. "They are totally out of keeping with the local countryside and certainly do nothing to enhance the wonderful views. We all think it’s criminal and have been trying to contact the town hall for an answer, but being August everything is so slow, so we are none the wiser, just angry."

Pearce said: "They are excessively large and not at all in keeping with a Unesco World Heritage Site. We all used to enjoy lovely uninterrupted views across that part of the village and now we’ve got all these metal poles dotted along."

Residents are hoping that the Council of Majorca will come to their aid and rule that, on the grounds the area is a protected Unesco heritage site, the poles will have to come down.


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Richard Pearson / Hace over 5 years

Has the Council of Mallorca gone mental yet ?


Juan / Hace over 5 years

No sense ! yeah! but enabling some gooOOd humoristic comments. So, what else!!!


Bob / Hace over 5 years

This article makes no sense at all. Locals who don't know what the poles are for are stupid.


Larry HENSON / Hace over 5 years

Some people are never happy even when they don't know the facts. If you want to know go and ask the workmen. Oh you don't speak Spanish! Bless! Its called progress!


Molt de Renou / Hace over 5 years

Solar panels and electric sensors ? Doesn´t sound very Heritage friendly to me. Maybe coke gas or candles would be more appropiate.

Talking about gas, what about the very large butane gas storage depot on the road to the village. Hasn´t this been removed yet, so as not to offend the residents eyes as they drive past ?.


Bob / Hace over 5 years

Molt. No need for electrical cables for lights now. The lids have solar panels and foto-electric sensors, - like harbour leading lights.


Steve / Hace over 5 years

Good to see that the Tourist Tax money has been spent wisely. No doubt the contractor is a relative. What's new.


zaax / Hace over 5 years

They look evey expensive, maybe the area has too much public money and local taxes could be cut


Steve / Hace over 5 years

There's nothing picturesque about the colossal Polideportivo and it's sprawling car parks in Es Capdellá.


Molt de Renou / Hace over 5 years

Surely they didn't just come along and stick them in the ground ? Cement bases with their accompanying bolts and electrical installation must have been already in place. Didn't any of the shocked and distressed residents notice this beforehand ?. I'm sure the people who lived in the Italian village struck by an earthquake must be feeling very sorry for them.