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Pernera bemoans lack of ATM

THE ABSENCE of a bank and ATM in the Pernera area of Paralimni is driving tourism away, warned Paralimni Mayor Theodoros Pyrillis.
The recent closure of a Laiki Bank branch in the area is forcing tourists to leave the area en masse to draw money out of ATMs elsewhere, resulting in lost revenue for local businesses at a time when their viability is being seriously challenged, the mayor said.
The municipality has since sent a letter to all banking institutes to set up an ATM in Pernera.
“At the same time, the members of the municipal council are prepared to begin negotiations with all stakeholders to solve the problem,” he said.
The mayor also called on the government and MPs representing the free areas of the Famagusta district to include in next year’s budget funds for the redevelopment of the Pernera area.
“The project is a priority for the Paralimni Municipality. The building plans are ready but the economic crisis and the lack of liquidity are hindering its implementation,” said Pyrillis.
The project to upgrade the area is of vital importance, said the mayor, because Pernera holds the most tourist businesses in the free areas of Famagusta.

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