By George Psyllides
AN Ayia Napa apartment complex where a teenager drowned earlier this week had never applied for a swimming pool licence in the past three years, the state’s electromechanical services said on Wednesday, responding to criticism they were late in inspecting the place as part of a permit application.
British Cypriot Savvakis Alexandrou was found at the bottom of the pool on Monday morning. A post mortem showed that he had drowned.
It later transpired that the establishment did not have an operating licence from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) nor a swimming pool license.
Ayia Napa Mayor Yiannos Karousos said on Tuesday that the owner had applied to the municipality for a swimming pool permit over two months ago.
To secure the permit the pool must be cleared by the municipality’s health service and the state’s electromechanical services.
The local authority had inspected the pool and conveyed several observations concerning minor issues to the owner, the mayor said.
The owner contacted the health service that he had complied and an inspection was to take place in the next few days before issuing the health certificate.
Karousos said it was not the owner’s fault but that of the other services, which were late.
The inspection by the electromechanical services was scheduled for this Thursday.
The government department told a different story.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the electromechanical services said the owner had not applied to them, “the relevant department, which licences such installations, in 2014 nor in the past three years at least.”
“Swimming pool operating licences are valid for one year. Based on this, interested parties must submit an application every year,” the department said.
The department said it set up an inspection appointment with the owner after a telephone call from the mayor on August 7, despite the absence of an application.