Ciutat Vella suspends new licences for activities in public places

14/10/2016 12:11 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The halt to the issuing of licences will be in place for a year and allow for a revision of the special plan for establishments in public places, bars and restaurants and other activities. The move has two objectives: to re-organise and limit activity leading to negative consequences outdoors in the neighbourhoods and to add vitality to the surroundings and foster economic and commercial diversity in the Ciutat Vella district.

Ciutat Vella is to start revising the special plan for establishments in public places, bars and restaurants and other activity in the district after agreeing on the suspension of new licences for activity in public and commercial places, bars and restaurants in the district. For the first time ever, operating licences will not be issued for tourist information services, minor storage facilities for items such as baggage, establishments displaying, selling or renting bicycles or motorised mobility vehicles, as well as other activities.

The suspension of new licences can only be applied three years after the last period of suspensions. In the area around La Rambla, the last suspension was in 2014 and so the measure will not apply to this zone. Neither will it apply in the area around the port.

The District Councillor for Ciutat Vella, Gala Pin, explained that the aim of measure is to “revise the land use plan so that it responds to the will to diversify economic activity in the district”. Pin added that it is important to cover the needs of local residents, even though the zone has a high volume of tourists.

The land use plan will work alongside other mechanisms, such as the Economic Development Plan presented in July, to re-establish a balance between the pressure from tourism, neighbourhood life and commercial diversification. Both mechanisms are based around the need to create a diverse and solid economic ecosystem in the Ciutat Vella district.

Nightlife and noise

As one of the main issues in Ciutat Vella is nightlife and the inconvenience this can cause, one of the main areas of work for the new plan will be to find ways of redressing the situation. The district has tasked the public health agency, the Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, with evaluating the impact the noise and inconvenience in question has on people’s health.