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Cyprus Internet Directory [ ‘Paphos seafront works are right on time’ ]

‘Paphos seafront works are right on time’

THE PAPHOS seafront is on target to open on September 15, Paphos Mayor Savvas Vergas announced yesterday.

The mayor added that though the seaside project has been blighted by a list of problems and faced fierce criticism, it was still set to open on schedule.

Construction on phase two of the project, which commenced on May 19, is set to continue. Hotel owners are up in arms over the works, which they say is ruining their summer business.

Poseidonos Avenue and the harbour area in Kato Paphos have both seen upgrading work over the last few months. A wide pedestrianised walkway has been created next to the seafront and shops have been encouraged to use a more uniformed frontage.

Phase two of the project will upgrade the seafront further along Poseidonos Avenue, in front of a number of Paphos’ most popular and established hotels. According to Vergas, the work is necessary and will be completed by April 2008. Vergas believes undertaking the project consecutively will cause the least disruption to the area.

Chief architect of the project, Nicos Mesarites, confirmed that he is undertaking a survey of local businesses to gauge their views, on the three options available for the promenade.

The first choice is to leave it as a pedestrianised walkway, the second as a one-way street, or the third to open it to traffic as a two-way road.

Currently traffic from the seafront is being diverted down the recently opened Ayiou Antoniou Street, home to most of the bars and clubs in Paphos. Bar Street, as it is known, had previously been closed to traffic for the last year and a half.

Vergas also confirmed that decisions would be made as to permitting restaurants to place tables and chairs opposite the seafront .He said a decision on these matters, and the final look of the front would be mulled over and concluded over the next two months.

He added that bars and restaurants in the harbour have been allowed to place umbrellas of a uniform colour outside, until a decision is made.

Paphos Municipality’s civil consultant engineer, Diofantos Hadjimitsis, said the timeframe for completion of phase two is around six months. He admitted that he was aware some disruption to the area would be caused.

Natasha Michaelides, communications Manager of the Thanos group of Hotels, who own the Almyra and Annabelle Hotels both affected by the work, agreed the work was necessary, but openly criticised the mayor’s decision to carry out works through the summer.

“It is unheard of to start a project in the middle of the summer. And why? Just to prove he can deliver a project on time. Why was it suggested in the first place? I think the whole thing is disorganised.”

“The whole of the tourism of Paphos will be destroyed. All we need now is for one or two tour operators to stop sales on Paphos, and that we be it. We will have to close up the hotels and send the staff home. We have already had meetings with the unions to warn them of this scenario,” she pointed out.

Local resident Barbara Southport wasn’t sure about the final result

“The place has no soul. I’m not sure what look they are going for. I have to admit my husband really likes it so far and told me to stop complaining until the thing is complete,” she said.

Asked if she was pleased the first part of the project would soon be complete,

“It will be nice to see the finished result, but there will still be work all along the beach front, it’s just so messy and ugly.

“If I was here on holiday, I wouldn’t think much of Paphos,” she concluded.



(Source: Cyprus Mail)



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