The Valls ice-cream kiosk has continued to trade.

18-04-2016Hans Monheim

The mayor of Pollensa, Miquel Ángel March, faces being taken to court because of the Gelats Vall ice-cream kiosk affair in Puerto Pollensa. He is specifically facing an allegation of malfeasance in having allowed the kiosk to remain open and not making good an order of eviction of the owners some two months ago.

This follows the receipt of a declaration made by a company in the restaurant sector on 24 June which puts a figure of almost 725,000 euros on sales made by the ice-cream business in 2014 (this is a figure from the commercial register of companies).

The charge against the town hall states that because of its inactivity, Gelats Valls remains a beneficiary of the private and exclusive use of municipal public way and that it remains open to the public under highly favourable conditions compared to other businesses in the same area. This is allowed, it is claimed, because of town hall permissiveness.

It is noted that the town hall, following repeated demands that the kiosk be closed, agreed to initiate proceedings for eviction within fifteen days. The complaint says that this has long passed and it wants to know why the kiosk is still open and that procedures to bid for the tender for the kiosk have not been started. It warns that a criminal case is being considered.

March says that he doesn't intend to execute eviction until a public tender for the kiosk has been called, despite the legal deadline for resolving challenges having ended. "We believe that at the end of the month there will be the bases for the tender contest, and we want to coordinate one thing with the other."

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Simon Tow / Hace over 5 years

Hi Sheila, after a bit of market ( ice cream ) research, I can confirm that the standard kiosk price is 1,90 and the standard parlour price is 2,00

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Sheila / Hace over 5 years

Surely the idea of a kiosk is to sell ice cream to walk along the front with, avoiding the built in price for waiters, table tax & VAT, which you would pay at every other front line bar.

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Simon Tow / Hace over 5 years

Surely the tourists and other customers could go instead to the new and very luxurious Valls ice cream cream parlour not more than 20 mts away, where drinks are also served and tables and chairs are at their customers disposal.

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Gillian / Hace over 5 years

Are you lot living in the real world??

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Ron / Hace over 5 years

For once I agree with this decision taken by the mayor of Pollença. The opposition in the council want him to enforce the removal of the Vall's ice cream cabin - (a very well designed and asthetically pleasant construction on the Port's front line) due to a contraversial decision over the validity of their license. Ask any Pollençin and they won't have a bad word to say about Valls - in town for many decades. To try and gain a political point those politicians in the opposition want to have a bunch of workers turn up and dismantle an ice cream kiosk in front of thousands of visitors during a heatwave of up to 36 degrees. What world do they live in? They have no idea of or sympathy for tourism here. Can you imagine - Pollença will be the laughing stock of the world! But after the tourists have all gone elsewhere they can carry on living off sobrasada, ensaimadas, Quely biscuits and of course the potatoes.

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