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Legal proceedings given go-ahead against fragrance shop which installed giant screen

The shop is located on a main street through Puerto Banús.
The shop is located on a main street through Puerto Banús. / J-L.
  • The screen, erected on Avenida Julio Iglesias, is forcing residents to “live with the shutters down and curtains drawn”

The case against a fragrance shop at the heart of Puerto Banús has been given permission to proceed by a court in Marbella after complaints about the visual impact of a large screen installed on its façade.

Ever since it was installed in July, residents have complained about strength of the light and the changing colours and tones. They say that the screen has forced them to “live with shutters down and curtains drawn”.

The criminal complaint states that the “super gigantic” screen with “neon and LED lights” stops residents sleeping and ruins the appearance of the port area.

Lawyer Dumet Grayeb, who is representing the community of owners, explained that this was “the first time a court had intervened in a case of visual pollution in Marbella”. However, while the wait for a judicial solution continues, Marbella town hall has administrative proceedings open. When asked by SUR, the councillor for public highways, José Eduardo Díaz (PP), confirmed that the business doesn't have a licence in place for the screen and that “the processes for its removal” were under way.

For his part, the owner of the fragrance shop, Muthana Alotaibi, said that he didn't understand the fuss caused by the screen: “I'm not causing any damage to the neighbours.”

He said that he had applied for the appropriate licence but that he decided to turn it on in the summer “to brighten up the street” in a similar way that Christmas lights were permitted. He also said that he wouldn't turn it off unless told to do so by a court.