Traders at a popular local market in the Guardamar area protested outside the town hall last night(Thursday) as part of a late move to stop the imminent closure of the weekly Lemon Tree Market also known as El Campico. Guardamar mayor, José Luis Sáez , is set to enforce the market’s closure after the Supreme Court ordered it to be shut down, but traders are trying to reverse the court’s verdict as well as getting legal status for the market.
Earlier this year, a manager of another local market threatened to take legal action against the council for not enforcing the Supreme Court order against the Lemon Tree Market which has been running without a licence since 1993. The Court ruled in February that public interests were not served by it continuing, but the closure notice was not enforced by the previous Partido Popular-run council in Guardamar.
Up to 300 Lemon Tree traders met with a notary on Tuesday to discuss the situation and this Sunday’s market will see each of them signing legal documents for the notary to take the matter further in some form of appeal. Market spokesman Juan Fernández, said that “it is one of the most important markets in the region and some 700 families depend on it for their livelihoods. We do not agree with the Supreme Court ruling as the judge did not look after our interests”.
The site owner has applied for the land to be classified to be used as a tourist market with the traders urging the Mayor not to enforce the closure as the classification process continues with planning chiefs. It’s not clear yet when the authorities will stop the market operating.