The City Council of Cartagena has ordered the suspension of the activity and the sealing of the establishment ‘Torre Antoñita’, in Pozo Estrecho, for holding events for which it does not have a municipal licence, according to a communiqué from municipal sources on Monday.
In addition, the Town Planning services “are drawing up the decrees for the suspension of the activity of two discotheques in the city in which modifications have been detected in their interior structures that lack authorisation”. This was announced by the mayoress, Noelia Arroyo, after a working meeting with those in charge of the special device that is checking the nightclubs.
Arroyo stressed that “20 establishments have already been inspected and only three of them have been found to have irregularities that could pose a risk to people’s safety”.
According to the services of Disciplina Urbanística, ‘Torre Antoñita’, the restaurant on which the suspension of activity has been ordered, “had since 2018 with a license granted that year for the celebration of events inside the building and without music, despite which it has been found that the company made modifications to put sound equipment and bars and other elements to give use to the outside of the building”.
According to the council, “the staff of the establishment last week prevented access to local police officers and inspectors of municipal services while a celebration was taking place inside, which is a serious breach of the law”.
The other two establishments for which the decree of suspension of activity is being drafted “have carried out inside divisions that involve major alterations to their licences and affect security plans”. The municipal services will inform the owners in the next few hours “of the obligation to close until they regularise their situation”, they explained.
Following instructions from the mayoress, mixed teams made up of Urban Planning inspectors and Local Police officers have been working on the inspection of the premises, “prioritising those with the largest capacity and focusing their work on checking the security systems, evacuation and facilities likely to generate risk situations for customers,” the City Council pointed out.
In addition, the municipal services are working on the drafting of a protocol that “will reinforce the control measures by means of systems that guarantee the supervision of the revisions and updates to which the establishments are obliged by law”.