BUSINESS owners in the centre of Alicante have met with the town planning department, headed by Miguel Angel Pavon, to discuss the licensing laws with regard to hotels, restaurants and bars operating in the old town.
Pavon has confirmed that the department will veto licenses for new bars and clubs in areas already saturated, but has stressed that in unsaturated areas licenses will still be considered.
Traders have stressed their disapproval of the clubs and bars, which are creating a negative social impact. The president of the association of traders has asked that “areas are evaluated to ensure that new establishments fit well within that particular area,” and the decision to allow large shops and supermarkets in the old town has also been criticised, with traders requesting that the decision should be passed by the board of trade.
The association has also asked for improved cleaning of the old town centre.