By Euro Weekly News Media • 25 February 2011 • 9:27
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THE noise from Sa Gerreria in Palma that residents have complained about is caused by the masses of people who go to the bars and restaurants rather than music, according to municipal sources. They confirmed that this area was “not granted additional licenses for musical entertainment, therefore the noise cannot be attributed to the establishment’s activity”.
As such, the solution to the problem can not be stopped by starting infringement procedures for operating licenses granted.
However, those premises that do not comply with the licenses granted will face penalties.
This is the case of La Gran Taberna who have been forced to close for three days for not keeping to licensed operating hours and playing music without permission.
Ombudsman Miquel Llado has drafted a recommendation that urges Palma Town Hall to make the closing times of these establishments earlier. Currently the license says they must close at 2am, although some do so at 1am following agreements with neighbors.
Due to the popularity of the ‘Ruta Martiana’ tapas route on Tuesday’s, Llado has also requested that a special cleaning service be provided Wednesday mornings.
On a visit to the area, the Ombudsman said that “the situation within one of the homes on the first floor was irritating and annoying because the noise coming from the street was continuous and louder than what is healthy or desirable.”
“Citizens rights should prevail over leisure activities,” he declared.
By Nicole Hallett
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