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Cyprus Internet Directory [ What to do about Paphos rubbish? ]

What to do about Paphos rubbish?

Locals say bigger fines will deter further polluters

THE CENTRE of Paphos and surrounding villages are strewn with litter and abandoned vehicles.

Paphos Municipality has made improvements over the last two years but the problem still persists.

“It’s a general problem in Paphos, but there is a law which we, as councillors, voted in. This allows for people fly tipping and littering to be fined,” said Paphos councillor Polis Polydorou.

“Unfortunately to date, this hasn’t been exercised properly by the local authority employees,” he stressed.

“Paphos is cleaner but there is space for improvement. The way forward is to press those responsible for enforcing these penalties and to ensure they follow the council decisions.”

Paphos district attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, who are lured by the draw of its ancient history and a plethora of attractions. Regular clean-ups of this area take place, the most recent being a co-operation between the local fisherman and the UKCA.

But is it up to these volunteers to take away other peoples’ rubbish, or should it be left on the streets until the authorities do something about it and fine the culprits.

According to Lauren Smith, Paphos is basically a big rubbish dump.

“I come to visit my mother regularly; she lives in Kissonerga village in Paphos. It’s such a beautiful area, but there’s a big problem with rubbish”, she said.

“People dump their old rusty cars, tyres and household waste wherever they feel like it, and no- one seems to care. My mother has approached the community leader, but nothing has happened so far. It’s a shame as Paphos is a beautiful area, but it’s being blighted with dirt and rusting eyesores.”

Linda Leblanc, a Peyia councillor agrees, “there’s a lot of room for improvement in Peyia, although there has been a recent effort to tidy the municipality.”

“A new cleanliness supervisor and staff has been employed, and they are more vigilant in their work. “

Leblanc continued, “We have to start fining for illegal dumping though; we must make a concerted effort. Education is necessary and also people should feel the pinch through their wallets. Penalties must be imposed, and then I think the situation will get better.

“Generally in central Paphos, I can see there have been improvements in the green areas, but many still have a disregard for the common environment.”

Argyris Ioannou, the President of the European Environmental Movement confirmed the problem.

“There is a problem with rubbish in Paphos. This is partly caused by the huge amount of building and development work, which is under way, and many of the building sites are left full of rubble and building material.”

He added, “My sympathies are with the municipalities, who have to send out people to clean up this mess. They are under terrible strain and I don’t think its fair. The building companies are at fault, and should be made to move their rubbish.”

Ioannou continued, “Of course there is waste left in common areas by people who just don’t care. One beach in particular in Yeroskipou is a disgrace,” he said.

“People are cooking kebabs and so on here, and they leave their rubbish everywhere. They don’t care about anyone or anything.”

He pointed out, “I believe there is a law which says if anyone is caught littering, a hefty fine would be imposed. But the authorities don’t do anything about enforcing it. There are a few people at Paphos municipality whose job it is to enforce these laws.

“They should be made to do it,’ he said.

Meanwhile, Yeroskipou is one of the areas where villagers have been vehemently complaining about the mess, not just those caused by the road improvement work, but also by dumping.

Councillor Panikos Skordis has vowed to ensure this will all change.

“From the area of Koloni to the centre of Yeroskipou there are so many eyesores I’ve had enough,” he said.

“I’ve requested time and again information as to what the mayor and council plan to do about all the rubbish in Yeroskipou.

He continued, “There are old abandoned rusty cars, building rubble, large mounds of soil and rubbish and I can’t stand it anymore. At this weeks council meeting I will be demanding answers from the mayor; it’s really time to take action and clean up our town,” he said.



(Source: Cyprus Mail)



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