Impact of street vendors becoming a “critical” situation

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BADLY HANDLED: Local authorities are under pressure to take more action. @Shutterstock

THE issue of illegal street vendors along the Costa del Sol is in the spotlight again after the Association of Merchants and Entrepreneurs of Benalmadena (ACEB) described the situation as “critical.”

The president of the group, Rosa Maria Gonzalez Rubia, said that this year the problem is much greater, “with continuous complaints from traders and businessmen, especially on the seafront and the Puerto Deportivo.

“They are powerless to stop the unfair competition of this illegal activity, which often takes place right outside their own shop doors,” she added.

A shortage of police officers has been highlighted, and the council is being urged to do more.

There are plans to introduce a public awareness campaign with leaflets and brochures reminding the public that the street vendors are illegal and are damaging local businesses and jobs.

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