A GROUP of local business owners converged in Spain’s Palma de Mallorca today (February 6) to denounce the actions and treatment from the City Council.
At a protest held in Plaça del Mercat, business owners from the area condemned the pedestrianisation of the surrounding streets, which they cite were “done overnight and without warning.”
Carolina Domingo, the vice president of Pimeco and president of the Association of Merchants of Passeig del Born, stated that they had found out through the press and that business owners are now extremely angry and worried about how their trade will be affected. Reading a manifesto, Ms Domingo said:
“We are suffering from the measures taken by the City Council to prohibit traffic on Calle Union which has been done without prior warning and resulted in trade being reduced by 50%.
“Therefore, we ask that the streets be reopened, especially during the winter which is a season that we depend highly upon, and these new measures mean that our clients cannot get here. Nor do we understand how the City Council has taken measures without having a proper plan, which was confirmed last week at a meeting with Pimeco.
“They have no project or money to execute it and are playing with our livelihoods. On the other hand, we do not want a dead city centre because let’s not forget that the one who gives life to the streets is small businesses, and enforcing a daily barrier will impact us greatly.”
The group believe that the pedestrianisation should have been taken by consensus, with a plan presented, publicised and backed by money to execute it in a way that would not put them out of business.