The Association of Neighbors and Merchants ‘Amics del Carme’ reported this Thursday that filed up to 85 complaints through the entry register of the Valencia City Council, some with many repetitions, due to the abuse of various terraces of hospitality establishments at work. in the public space of Ciutat Vella.
“We confirm the statement made by the president of the Federation of Neighborhood Associations in Valencia that there are terraces that occupy more space than allowed,” the entity said.
This situation, as they explain, causes continuous problems in the public space in some areas of Valencia. “Specifically in Ciutat Vella, because the urban layout of the historic center is particular and used not only by residents but also by visitors and tourists, causing problems for the movement of pedestrians. This situation causes a lot of daily inconvenience to residents and even some dangerous situations.”
Sources from the association assured that “the free space on the sidewalks (already narrow) is reduced by chairs, tables, flags, blackboards, advertisements, and other decorative items from bars, pubs, cafes, restaurants, and other businesses. , which means that it is not possible to pass with a baby stroller, a wheelchair, or a shopping cart, or that a couple walking on the sidewalk will force pedestrians to step down the road, with the inconvenience and danger it causes to your salvation. .”
From the ‘Amics del Carme,’ they found many black spots in Ciutat Vella, such as “Plaza del Tossal, Plaza del Negrito, Calle de Sant Miquel, Calle del Conde de Almodóvar, Plaza de Rodrigo Botet, and Plaza del City Hall”.
The Ciutat Vella neighborhood “has suffered for a long time from the abuse of the occupation of the public domain, and those responsible for this situation are the abusive hoteliers and the complicit City Council,” they criticized.
“It is not true, as the mayor said, that the hospitality industry is taken very seriously. At least, it is not true in Ciutat Vella. In our district, the situation is complete anarchy because a large part of the hospitality industry continues to fail to fulfill the Public Domain Occupation Ordinance in some aspects, such as the non-existence of the painted green mark limiting the authorized space; tables and chairs outside the green mark on the marked terraces; excessive work on public roads due to the flying of parasols and awnings; furniture, barriers, flags, boards, stoves, and other decorative elements outside the authorized space; placing the terrace outside the permitted time or in the closed area; adding high tables and chairs mounted on the wall,” they listed.
For the entity, “the acoustically saturated zone (ZAS) in the neighborhood of Carmen was fully approved in 2018, but its regulations continue to be violated because the City Council does not adequately monitor the source of continuous noise in some areas. streets” and added, “The noise kills, and Mayor María José Català does nothing to solve it. No action is taken to protect the health of citizens. People are condemned to continuous suffering and violations of their health while benefiting, in public space, from the proliferation of private businesses in the Ciutat Vella area.