NO bar, pub or disco licences will be granted for at least a year in Denia’s Les Roques neighbourhood adjoining the Castle.
The ban also applies to “loud activities at odds with the peaceful residential character envisaged for this district,” explained Town Planning councillor Maria Josep Ripoll.
Opposition parties on the local council voted against the motion because Calle Loreto, one of the noisiest streets in town with the greatest concentration of businesses, was excluded from the veto.
Ripoll explained that the year’s suspension – which could be extended to two – was the first step towards producing plans to protect Les Roques’ residential image and prevent it from becoming a congested leisure zone.
“While we’re drafting these plans we don’t want the unpleasant surprise of finding that activities not wanted by residents are installed there,” Ripoll said.
Opposition parties were unconvinced, maintaining that Calle Loreto needs controlling, not the quiet streets close to the Castle. “It is paradoxical that bars can open in Loreto but not a few metres away,” argued GD-CU councillor Pepa Font.