By John Ensor •
Published: 10 Feb 2024 • 12:54
Scenic view of Alicante.
Alicante City Council have made the news as they get tough on public nuisance offences, with one infringement in particular generating a substantial number of fines.
In the last six months of 2023, Alicante City Council has made headlines by enforcing stringent penalties for littering the streets and urinating in public, highlighting a concerted effort to clean up the streets.
On a mission to tackle what it terms ‘irregular practices’, Alicante’s Local Police issued 203 fines related to street cleanliness. This crackdown encompasses a range of offences from littering to the improper disposal of rubbish outside designated containers.
Urinating in public, an act punishable with a hefty €300 fine, surprisingly matched the number of penalties for dumping rubbish, with both actions attracting significant attention from the authorities.
The fines vary significantly depending on the nature of the offence. While discarding a cigarette butt might set you back €210, more serious violations like contaminating public or visible private areas could cost offenders up to €780.
The city has set the bar even higher for certain offences, with penalties reaching up to €3,000 euros for some of the worst offences such as operating an unauthorised landfill.
‘One of the actions that receives the greatest number of complaints is urinating in public,’ the City Council remarked, underscoring the community’s disdain for such behaviour.
‘In six months, 38 minutes have been drawn up,’ they added, indicating a firm stance against public urination and similar offences.
The variety of sanctions imposed highlights the range of behaviours being targeted, from leaving trash on the streets to the illegal distribution of leaflets.
The top infractions include littering with roughly 70 violations, followed closely by illegal debris dumping and public urination.
Manuel Villar, Alicante’s Councillor for Street Cleaning, emphasised the council’s dedication to enforcing these rules rigorously, stating, ‘The City Council rigorously applies the street cleaning ordinance, paying special attention to those aspects that raise a greater number of complaints from neighbours.’
This approach not only seeks to maintain the city’s cleanliness but also to foster a respectful and considerate community environment.
With such measures in place, Alicante aims to enhance the quality of life for its residents and ensure a welcoming atmosphere for the multitude of tourists drawn by its favourable climate year-round.
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Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina.
He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.
Torrevieja should do the same.
Regarding urinating in public, what does it mean? Does it mean standing on the street in front of traffic and having a pee? or more dicreetly in a corner peeing against a wall? because there is a slight diference. And there are no public toilets that I am aware accept along some beach fronts and most of them don´t open until after 10am in the morning, hours after the beaches are packed with people. Then many cafe and bars have signs saying customers only can use the toilets. It would be better for the Alicante council to make a law stating that any establishment with a toilet must allow public use without cost, that would be a good start. Yes I know all you have to do is buy something in the bar or cafe but it is not always convienent to do so. I have an enlarged prostate and unfortunately makes me pee a lot and many or most times there is no toilet facilities close by so rather than wet myself I find a discreet place to pee. It is one of the most natural bodily functions on earth we all have to do it and I will continue to do it if necessary in the street and I will be paying no penalty. If the council want to stop this practice install public toilets, they can be small compact units, I don´t mind paying a euro to use one. But sadly we are seeing more and more laws being made without proper thought. Spain in many ways still a facist country. Always coming up with unnesessary laws, laws that were never discussed with the public, the new laws are normally followed by ´´its for public safety´´ laws that were never required for a thousand years but now they are required, most of laws are about taking away our liberty and historically Spain was never a believer in public liberty, the Spanish people have always been victimised by the Kings and Queens, rich land owner and of course the worst of them all Franco.
They should come to Quesada. They would make a fortune…….
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