The Gelats Valls kiosk being taken away this morning.

02-02-2017

The hamburger stand and the Gelats Valls kiosk in Puerto Pollensa are no more. A crane removed the kiosk this morning and took it to a plot in Llenaire where it will remain while a judge decides if it is the property of the Valls family or the town hall's.

Despite what it said previously, the town hall has finally decided not to issue a tender for the kiosk for the coming season. A statement notes that this has been ruled out as there was no guarantee that the concession would be for a local business, as has been the case until now, and nor could there be a guarantee that it would be for the sale of home-made ice-cream. It is legally impossible to stipulate such conditions.

There are differing opinions locally about developments. Nostalgic ones maintain that the Valls kiosk has been part of the landscape of Puerto Pollensa for decades. Others say that it has been necessary to regularise the situation with the kiosk, as it had never gone out to public tender and is a profitable business.

It was the complaint of the owners of the cafe next to the kiosk which raised the whole issue of the irregular nature of the kiosk. The Valls family has argued that it has a concession and will fight the case in court in order to recover the kiosk. Mayor Miquel Ángel March today made clear that there is no plan to authorise an expansion of the cafe's terrace and to so occupy part of the space left by the kiosk.

The hamburger stand, meanwhile, was also dismantled, the town hall having ordered its closure in response to two court judgements. The owners were warned that if it was not dismantled by 13.00, the town hall would do this for them and send them the bill.

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Jackie / Hace over 3 years

Totally agree with the last comment. I have been coming to Puerto Pollensa most of my adult life and the ice cream kiosk has always been there - I can't believe its been taken away. The ice cream was first class, hence it was very popular with holidaymakers and locals. I think the café on the corner were jealous that the kiosk was so popular and decided to put a spanner in the works. I for one will not be visiting the café on the corner again and I urge everyone to do the same."BRING BACK THE ICE CREAM KIOSK", that's what I say

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David / Hace over 3 years

Yawn. What's next? Dog and lamp post shock horror? When will the MDB give us some interesting news and comment?

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John davies / Hace over 3 years

Shame but then plenty of other places to buy ice cream. Love all the cycling haters "bombing up and down pine walk" hardly. The huge majority pedal very slowly and show respect and may i aslo point out its not illegal to cycle there

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Ann / Hace over 3 years

What a shame... Love the ice-cream, travel across the island to eat Valls ice-cream. It's part of Puerto de Pollença. Why does the cafe complaint now????

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Steve Ransome / Hace over 3 years

What a shame that is. I can see the Cafe's objection to it's location. Let's hope that the council will now stop all the cyclists that bomb up and down the Pine Walks. Perhaps there are no back-handers on that one though......

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northbound / Hace over 3 years

So long, and thanks for all the ice cream!

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Jan Amtrup / Hace over 3 years

Shame on them..I cannot believe this....:-(

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john Lee / Hace over 3 years

What a great shame, still the upside, at least now we can cram more bikes in Pine walks, so we can create more illegal cycling

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Malcolm withall / Hace over 3 years

The Chairs will be out this summer, the Mayor must think we all came down with the last shower of rain.brown envelopes will be flying around the council offices

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Joe J / Hace over 3 years

Do not agree with the removal of the kiosk....and I will bet by july the cafe will have extended its tables over the vacant space

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