The Consell de Mallorca demands that the Ministry of Culture immediately begin the restoration of the walls of the castle of Alaró

Apr 8, 2024 | Current affairs, Featured, Interview, Portada, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The Consell de Mallorca will initiate proceedings to force the Ministry of Culture to immediately carry out restoration work on the ruined walls of the emblematic Alaró castle as a site of cultural interest (BIC). The insular institution chaired by Llorenç Galmés is demanding urgent intervention from the state, as the owner of the walls, by the provisions of the Balearic Islands Historical Heritage Law.

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The restoration of the walls of the castle of Alaró

This was agreed today at a meeting attended by President Galmés; the vice-president and councillor of Culture, Antònia Roca; the councillor of Territory, Mobility and Infrastructures, Fernando Rubio, and the mayor of Alaró, Llorenç Perelló, among others.

The Consell de Mallorca has thus listened to the request of the Alaró Town Council, which last week unanimously approved that the island institution oblige the State to carry out the restoration work on the walls.

During the last decades, both the Consell de Mallorca and the Town Council have carried out important conservation actions in the surroundings of the castle of Alaró, as is the case of the rehabilitation of the hostelry, but no intervention has ever been carried out by the State. The conservation situation of this heritage element is critical in several points, as already indicated in the Consell de Mallorca’s Castle Plan, approved in 1997. The passage of time since then has only aggravated the situation.

The Consell de Mallorca has carried out two emergency interventions to ensure the integrity of the element. This neglect of maintenance and the lack of investment on the part of the Ministry of Culture, the owner of the property of cultural interest (BIC), goes against the Law on the historical heritage of the Balearic Islands. Article 22 of the law states: “The assets that form part of the historical heritage of the Balearic Islands must be conserved, maintained and guarded by the owners”. Likewise, article 26 states: “The owners, holders of rights or simple possessors of goods of cultural interest or catalogued goods must conserve, maintain and guard them in such a way as to guarantee the safeguarding of their values. The use to which these assets are put must guarantee their conservation”.

The Consell de Mallorca, as also denounced by the Alaró Town Council, is building a new building in the town of Alaró.