The community leader of Neo Chorio, a village on the environmentally sensitive Akamas peninsula in Paphos, is asking for a special levy on visitors to help clean the area.
Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, Andreas Christodoulou said the four-member council could not meet the increasing need for cleaning, especially in the summer season.
“Unfortunately, the largest section of visitors does not respect the environment,” he said.
Christodoulou said visitors left behind all sorts of rubbish, including chairs, barbeques and beds.
He urged the government to take measures to protect the area, including a special levy and increased policing “because if a fire breaks out the entire Akamas will burn and it will be too late”.
Covering about 230 square km, the Akamas is an area of great natural beauty mostly unaffected by development.
However, it has long been a sore point between the government, local residents, landowners, property developers and environmentalists.
Landowners and local residents argue that it is unfair not to allow them to develop what has become prime real estate, while conservationists counter that Akamas is one of the last truly beautiful natural spots in the government-controlled areas which is already under threat by the gradual encroachment of development.