The Barcelona Hospitality Guild proposes solutions to save Barcelona’s terraces.

In the last week of January, Barcelona Hospitality Guild released a document known as White Book of the Terraces of the city. This document is said to include several solutions to save Barcelona’s iconic terraces from the municipal council’s future plans. This White Book is also made of opinions and analysis on Barcelona’s technicians and experts on how to rebuild Barcelona.

The distance between the terraces and urban elements appears to be the most controversial issue, affecting 60% of the city. Barcelona municipal council wants to reduce the distance of the terraces from urban elements and buildings, in order not to obstruct the passage way for people with disabilities. On the other hand, the council is planning to cut down the number of terraces in the city.

The director of the Hospitality Guild, Roger Pallarols, expects the book to be a guide to resolve conflicts between the government and the opposition in regards of the rules of terraces and nightlife in bars and restaurants. Nonetheless, some regulations that have been approved before have not yet been resolved; in fact, they seem to have gotten worse.

In the same way, the president of the Guild, Pere Chias has requested to the Council not to apply so forcefully the Ordinance of Terraces in force, with the hope that a deal could help modify it.

He also announced that due to the constant clash between the parties, Mayor Ada Colau is pushing the committee to find a common ground. Indeed, these adjustments are expected to be approved by the Government Committee over the coming weeks.

Proposals highlighted in the White Book of Terraces

The first proposal was to leave the closing time for all the terraces’s tables in the city equal while also installing heaters in the terraces.

In regards of the problem cited above, the Book proposes to adjust the distance case by case without crossing the boundaries.

One of the proposals presented in the White Book of Terraces is concerning the Symbolic Institutions such as the Zurich or the Principal. As they do want the terraces, they hope the Council find a solution that could help protect the internal architecture while installing public hygienic services and maintenance services.

The Book also included a report written by the University of Barcelona revealing that around 82.9% of users are originally from Barcelona. In regards of disability access, the Observatory of Physical Disability proved that the reduction of tables didn’t improve accessibility at all. 

Together with these reports, the book also included the opinions of “Barcelona’s neighbors with their full names”; or better yet, of a panel of terraces’ experts, created specifically by the union to help improve the regulations of the terraces.

Overall the Council is still looking for ways to balance the needs of the City, as well as those of the Hospitality Guild. Many people are hoping to be able to enjoy their summer drinking a fresh vermouth in an open and quiet space!

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Sources: la Vanguardia