Palma councillor Aurora Jhardi.


Palma retailers and businesses have joined forces and called for the councillor for public functions, Aurora Jhardi, to resign over her new illegal street trading policies and her sustained efforts to crack down on bar and restaurant terraces and the use of public spaces by businesses in the capital.

The various retail and commercial associations, with the backing of the Confederation of Balearic Business Associations, have already announced a mass protest in demonstration against the council’s policies for 24 or 26 April. In the meantime, they want Jhardi to resign.

The president of the small business association Pimeco, Antoni Fuster, said yesterday that his members are extremely concerned about the line the town hall is taking and the negative effect it will have on takings and jobs in the capital.

They all agree that illegal street trading is not just a threat to legal business but also a social problem which needs addressing.


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Vive España / Hace over 2 years

So we have a politician trying to set up 'safe zones' for illegals selling counterfeit items. One would think that brands such as Barcelona FC, Real Madrid, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Adidas, Nike and the host of other companies who see their items manufactured and sold illegally would have legal grounds to go after Jhardi and anyone else in the government who is backing this idea. After all, they are in essence condoning what is happening under the disguise of 'helping poor disadvantaged people'.


Frances / Hace over 2 years

I'm afraid it's obvious to most people the way the councillors and politicians are going about controling the tourists is undoubtedly going to cause issues for businesses. As others have commented they only seem to want hotels , all inclusive mainly for upgraded ones. Keeps the pavements clear for locals but won't help most businesses.