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Complaints over Beach Bar Space

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A user of the Cala Bosque Beach at La Zenia has sent a letter to Orihuela town hall complaining of several “irregularities” committed by the beach bar, including the “excess occupation of the permitted surface”.

In their allegations, it claims that the chiringuito on the La Zenia beach has a maximum occupation of 20 square metres and 50 square metres of terrace, according to the specifications of the contract approved in April 2018. However, “it is well known that the contractor is occupying much more than what is allowed” , says the document. In that space “they exceed the number of chairs and tables that can be installed, ensuring more for their money making efforts than for the well-being of the beach users”.

The excess of tables and chairs, the letter goes on to claim, makes the access to the shore complicated because in addition the beach bar is located in the centre and not in the back part, or outside of it, as it is included in the specifications.

Another of the irregularities that the letter denounces is in relation to hygiene, claiming that the waiters and chefs of said chiringuito, “manipulate food in breach of most hygienic sanitary conditions”, and that the bar does not comply with the regulation of smoke output, which requires that the duct must conduct the smoke outside the establishment exceeding 1.5 metres.

It goes on to denounce that more products are served than they are allowed with their current licence that only allows them to sell bottled beverages and foods. “But it is known by all users that the establishment serves meals made inside it,” the complaint states.

With these allegations the user of this beach, which accompanies documentation and photographs by way of proof, requires the Orihuela Council carry out a timely inspection to verify these irregularities “and proceed to regularise the infractions guaranteeing the safety of the users of the beach, as well as the cleaning of it”.

PSOE councillor, Maria Garcia, said yesterday that her group will register a document so that the councillor for Beaches, Luisa Boné, clarify the situation by explaining what measures are collected in the technical specifications and if it is really taking more space than allowed on the beach.

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