On November 1, the feast of All Saints, the old town of Marbella hosted a processional march that forced lift hospitality terraces and commercial displays practically without prior notice, which has generated great discomfort among merchants in the area, according to the president of the Platform of Merchants and Hoteliers of Marbella, Nahuel Klappenbach.
This measure has generated economic losses in many shops in the area, so Klappenbach has asked the Marbella City Council for “an explanation” and for upcoming similar events to be “notified in good time”. According to the merchant, the Local Police informed them at 8:00 p.m. on the same Monday that «before 9:00 p.m. the awnings had to be removed«.
Klappenbach has defended “the public use of the road for all”, adding that the notifications were made on a public holiday in which “all restaurants had reservations«, Which has generated economic losses that in some cases have been able to reach up to 600 euros, in addition to the corresponding damage to the image of the establishment by «lack of seriousness«.
“It can not happen again, it is inadmissible,” exclaimed the president of the group, who advocates notifying with enough time “not to take reservations, not to prepare food or not to open ”. According to the president of the platform, the municipal mandate required the withdrawal of terraces to the bars, and the awnings and exhibitors to the shops in the streets included in the processional itinerary.
On the other hand, some of the affected merchants have questioned the need for this measure, assuring that due to the magnitude of the processional procession «it was not necessary to remove the tables“And the situation would have been solved” by pushing the tables against the wall instead of removing them. ” Those affected regret that November 1, despite being a holiday, has been “the day we have made less cash throughout the year”, and insist that this type of notifications be made with enough time To be able to organize better and not take reservations in advance.