By Bejay Browne
RESIDENTS of homes found next to a new ‘green zone’ in Moutallos in Paphos say work is continuing despite objections they have raised that the zone was effectively a landfill.
A spokesman for the municipality of Paphos said the meeting concluded with Mayor, Savvas Vergas, taking the initiative to propose to the interior ministry that work gets underway at other proposed green zones in the district first, enabling time for local authorities to put forward an alternative site.
Residents of homes close to the new green zone in Mouttalos say they knew nothing about the site until a few days ago.
Green zones are an alternative to illegal dumping and constitute designated areas where the public can take often bulky rubbish, such as refrigerators, furniture or broken toilets, which then get collected by local authorities. The government aims to set up 38 fenced-up green zones across Cyprus by 2015.
Andreas Kazadzis has joined forces with other neighbours to protest the creation of a ‘green zone’ in its current position in Moutallos, saying the new site will have an massive impact on their lives.
He said: “The councilors, all of the political parties and the mayor of Paphos all raised objections to the green zones current position in Moutallos and agreed that the mayor will write to the ministry of the interior to request that work stop and a new place should be found.”
But he said the ministry representative said it was impossible to stop work as they would lose the funding for the project from Europe.
According to Kazadzis, more than 1,000 people live in the area on the west side of Mouttalos. The new green zone is 50 metres away from a high school, 200 metres from the Tombs of the Kings road- a popular tourist destination and the Tomb of the Kings – a protected UNESCO site – is also close by. It is also surrounded by houses.
The four Paphos MP’s have asked for the matter to be discussed in parliament on Friday.
One angry resident said: “Nothing has changed so far, I saw people from the company undertaking work at the site this morning continuing to measure out something.”
Kazadzis said that only interior minister would be able to resolve the issue as the problems were ‘political.’