Aurora Jhardi with Antoni Noguera at the presentation of the new bylaw. | Pere Bota


Illegal street selling has not been included in Palma town hall's updated bylaw for regulation of the public way. In presenting the contents of the modified ordinance on Tuesday, the Podemos councillor for public service, Aurora Jhardi, expressed her satisfaction that it had not been included "out of respect for human rights". She observed that there are, nevertheless, state laws that prohibit illegal street selling.

The inclusion of a specific ban has created friction between Podemos and PSOE. Jhardi has had responsibility for the drafting of the bylaw, but PSOE's councillor for public safety, Angelica Pastor, has wanted to include a ban on illegal selling in a separate regulation mainly to do with street drinking. She has seemingly wished to do this because illegal selling was not being included in the public way bylaw. Podemos have not supported Pastor, while Més (the party of the mayor, Antoni Noguera) has yet to make its position clear.

The Partido Popular opposition has expressed its concern that there will be no bylaw to regulate illegal selling. Its spokesperson, Javier Bonet, has called for a temporary regulation until new ordinance on civic behavior (which is Pastor's domain) is drawn up.

The other main announcement on Tuesday was about terraces. The upshot of the new bylaw is that some four per cent of bar/restaurant terraces will disappear out of a total of 1,098 in the city as a whole. Mayor Noguera insisted that it is not a bylaw for the residents, for the restaurant owners or for the town hall. It was instead a bylaw for the city. He rejected the idea that the process of arriving at the new bylaw had been a war in which there are winners and losers.