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An association of hoteliers in Russafa asks the Valencia city Council a strategy on terraces “long term”

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Posted 04/10/2018 18:44:34CET

Criticizes the plan “cuts” of Galiana that has generated more than 20 terraces with more than 50% of the reduced surface


The new Association by a Hospitality Responsible for Russafa to The Balansi has claimed this Thursday, a meeting the councilman of Commerce and Public Space of the City of Valencia, Carlos Galiana, with the aim of “elaborating a long-term strategy” that would help solve the problem that has been generated with the terraces of the local neighborhood.

The entity, presented in public, this Thursday, is born with the goal of reclaiming the City of Valencia a review of the plan “cuts” of terraces, which ensures that has already led to the first closures of facilities in the neighbourhood in valencia and a reduction of more than 50% of surface area in more than 20 local.

This is what has been given to know the president of the association, Antonio Naranjo, and the secretary, Juanvi Martinez, both in hospitality, at a press conference to present the birth of the association. The hoteliers in the neighborhood of Russafa intended, in this way, “become part of the solution to the problem,” said Naranjo. In addition, we have reported that the administration “has not reckoned with the participation of the hospitality industry” to solve the conflict with the terraces, which is “random and without established criteria”.

Depending on the entity, this plan cuts will affect finally more than a hundred of terraces in Russafa. Although this has been the “trigger” to create the association, Naranjo explained that they want to participate in the resolution of other problems, such as access to the neighborhood.


Juanvi Martinez, for his part, has indicated that a “good point to start would be to develop a code of ethics and of good practice, which would have to comply with all local partners to Al-Balansi’, as well as “the design of a plan of action, if it is possible, with the collaboration of the city Council, to improve the functioning of the terraces and review this action of the consistory.

Asked about the problem of mobility that can lead to the terraces in small streets, Naranjo explained that the Ordinance Regulating the Occupation of the Public Domain exposes measures whose aim is to “ensure the mobility”. “I weird that to happen these problems because it is regulated so that it is not so,” he defended.


Also, Martinez has ensured that the solution to “specific problems” as noise “is not to reduce the tables.” In this line, the secretary of the association has reported that one of their colleagues has had to close down his local because “we had reduced the tables to two”, so that it could not “pay the rent”.


Naranjo has said that social networks are “a means of misinformation,” in which he says that in the neighborhood of Russafa “open many local, uncontrolled”. For this reason, the president of the association has emphasized that there is a “regulation,” and there is “no slippage”.

In addition, Naranjo has also reminded us that it is “business is very fragile” and that have been regulated “by licences granted by the Government, but that the city Council can revoke when you want to”.


The hoteliers of the partnership are “engaged” with the “unquestionable tourist attraction” in the neighborhood of Russafa, which is seen as an “opportunity”. However, consider that you must respond to the “threat of the spread of tourist homes” as well as “punish the specific situations of non-compliance of certain activities”.

In this sense, the entity has also highlighted his aim of participating in the design of a comprehensive plan to “promote citizenship and civic coexistence”, which are intended to share with the city Council.

In addition, they want to take advantage of the “climate of dialogue existing now between neighbors and innkeepers to begin a process of collaboration that “would help to protect” the conditions of life of the neighborhood.

For this reason, the entity has claimed the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises have had on the regeneration of a neighbourhood that in the decade of the 90’s was “on the verge of marginalization, with problems of prostitution, drug trafficking, insecurity and a huge deterioration in urban and commercial”.

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