Traders operating out of Torrevieja’s popular so-called Hippy Market on the city’s Paseo de la Libertad are up in arms over what describe as “insensitive” remarks by Mayor José Manuel Dolón over a planned move to the Levante dock area, which they are worried may be permanent.
Torrevieja’s services councillor, Domingo Soler, has stated that with the recent completion of drainage improvements in the area, the focus will shift on refurbishing the Paseo, with traders concerned that they will not be allowed to return after the work is finished.
The ‘Asociación de Comerciantes Hippies de Torrevieja’ says that the market, which has attracted thousands of tourists for 40 years, has become one of the major focal points for Torrevieja, and has slammed the Mayor’s lack of sensitivity and respect over remarks that the walk was going to be developed to create a “healthier area” and to “remove” a market that sold clothes and handicrafts.
160 permanent wooden stalls are on the current site, which is nicknamed the ‘Paseo de los Hippies’, with the Asociación adding that a consensus has to be reached between the council and the traders before announcing any moves that affect them.
Asociación president Lola Escudero said that the market provides a livelihood for more than 200 families and that they needed to be respected over any future plans and changes.
Torrevieja’s markets councillor, Javier Manzanares, has said that he has met with the traders and told them that they would be informed as to when any work would start in their area, and they would be kept fully abreast of any plans from the Torrevieja government team.