By Euro Weekly News Media • 26 August 2015 • 10:19
A FIFTH of the 800 terraces in Fuengirola have already been smartened up to meet the requirements of the new local law, approved last year, said Pedro Vega, the town’s councillor for Public Streets.
This law is flexible about what materials and colours bar and restaurant owners choose to decorate their outside spaces, the main purpose, says Vega, to keep Fuengirola looking its best.
Local businesses have to fully adapt their terraces by 2019. In order to do this, funding is being offered by the town hall. Thirty per cent of the total cost will be reimbursed if the business’s official tax address is in Fuengirola. Local businesses that choose to adapt their terraces independently will be reimbursed 10 per cent of the costs.
Business owners who want to apply for the grant will have to apply for them before December 1 2015, giving a request form, proof of the amount of money invested, and be up to date with tax payments.
Fuengirola Town Hall also offers a free consultation service for local business people looking to up the town’s style stakes.
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All councils should do this .. Shopping centres have high standards ..this can only be good for business
Strange but someone I know who changed their terrace on the sea front recently was told he had to choose from one colour which was cream.
I know there are a lot of business owners are not happy about the these new style terraces, they look very nice but are totally impractical and the town hall where told this from the start but have forced people to go ahead with them. Waiters must walk through tourists and other pedestrians to get to their terrace with trays of drinks or food, possibly even navigate cyclists as they use the pavements also, considering that waiters generally rush to and from the tables then more chance of problems navigating pedestrians, also If it is raining then the tray with the food and drinks gets wet.
I know a street in Fuengirola where it is difficult to get past the restaurant as people congregate around the tall tables and stools placed in the pedestrian area but are totally ignored by the police while no one else seems to be allowed to do this, they even manage to exceed their terrace area by placing tables and chairs in the space left for access to an apartment block but again the police ignore this!
I also know of a cafe that spent 20,000 on a decorated terrace about 5 years ago who where told last year they could no longer use that terrace, how long will it be until another councillor come in and changes this set up yet again, many business owners find it difficult enough to cover their costs without being forced to change terraces because of new regulations. People might say well the old style terraces looked bad when they where a few years old…. so with the new type unless they are renovated so maybe the thing to do would be to force the local owners to remove any toldos if the business was closed or toldo in a poor state!
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