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Guimar to regulate pavement terraces 

Güímar is to become the latest place to regulate the size and appearance of the terraces of its bars and restaurants.

New rules are being drafted and will be presented within the next few months. They will then go out to public consultation, with a summer target in mind.

Guimar council has described the work as “very compli-cated” which is why it has taken time to compile but it is regarded as essential to address “a problem, especially in the coastal areas.”

Councillor for municipal services, Sixto Alfonso said they had to achieve a balance between what areas could be used, with particularly regard to pavements and pedestrians, and the need of businesses to encourage trade.

Locations like Arona and La Laguna already have similar ordinances regarding what materials can be used for awnings and chairs and tables and fines can reach as high as 3,000 euros for breaches.

The council insists this is not a money-raising exercise as it could prove to be the contrary as some terrace areas will be reduced in size.

Sr. Alfonso said they had received complaints about cafes and restaurants spilling out to unacceptable dimensions and there has already been one case in El Puertito where a bar owner had to remove his tables and chairs.

The council says it wants to avoid this happening again and to resolve issues peacefully in the interests of all parties.