By Paul O’Connell
A GROUP representing more than 70 Costa-based bar owners has hit out at the licensing authorities over what it describes as ‘draconian measures’ employed when dealing with noise levels.
The Keep Music Live campaigners, from Mijas, claim the police are using ‘overt and questionable methods’ to enforce the law, with some alleging discrimination.
They claim that they are often visited by police regarding noise levels, while Spanish bars offering live music are left alone.
The publicans joined forces last week at Manana’s Bar in Fuengirola to put their concerns to Councillor Rodrigo Morales, following a spate of recent closures.
In one case, authorities allegedly closed an Irish bar – stating that no amplified entertainment should be played in bars in that part of town – while 17 other bars in the immediate vicinity continued to play music without any problems.
Group spokesman Laurence Pike told the Olive Press: “We were delighted at the turnout on Tuesday and I believe that all business owners are fully supportive of the formation of a non-political association to assist them in achieving a more level playing field.”