Madrid’s terraces face neighbors and hoteliers

Carmen and Ángel’s worst nightmare is just a few meters from their house. The noise from some of the nearly 1000 terraces authorized by the Madrid City Council for the pandemic does not allow them to open the balcony of their room even on hot summer nights

“We are continually tense. Because we are talking with the neighbors, pending if we have to go here, we have to do here, we have to protest about this, we have to write to the City Council … That is, we are pending the issue all day. And then at night, I have always had insomnia problems, but lately it is already a scandal “, explains María

And this is not the only problem that residents of various districts of the capital face, as a woman details: “For me the general problem is the issue of parking, because I live around here, I park around here and it is true that Maybe now in these blocks there, I don’t know 150, fewer parking spaces. “

The decline in income from confinement and the pandemic makes hoteliers such as Gala Burgos, who runs a store in the Chamberí district, consider the measure positive. at least for a while .: “For those of us who did not have a terrace, until the losses we have suffered from the pandemic recover, I think it would be fair.”

Something that some neighbors support, even for a longer period, although with conditions such as “establishing a maximum occupancy of the terraces and regulating the hours”.

The consequences of the end of the curfew

The influx to these terraces is massive since the curfew ended for the Spanish last May. And it is possible that since this last Monday the neighbors have to be enduring more noise than usual. From that day on, the nightlife can open until 3 in the morning and that means that many people are returning home later than usual.

In Madrid neighborhood associations have already protested a situation that is experienced in other European cities such as Paris, Rome or Barcelona. From the City Council, they insist that they are working on a regulation that could contemplate the reduction of the spaces of bars and restaurants

Borja Carabante, delegate for the Environment and Mobility, states that “maybe a maximum percentage must be established per street, per neighborhood or per avenue and it is or precisely that they are now studying the technical services that will be reflected in that ordinance of terraces. “

At the moment and until August 31, new premises in the Spanish capital can request permits to occupy public parking spaces attached to sidewalks and buildings.