By Staff Reporter
Nicosia municipality said on Wednesday it was axing all services for traffic lights maintenance to other municipalities as of January 1, as it was owed €400,000 for unpaid services.
The municipality said that a 1982 cabinet decision created a central maintenance unit for traffic lights at the Nicosia municipality with nationwide responsibility offering ongoing training and technical support to the municipalities in the other main towns, which do assume primary maintenance but avail of the central unit’s services.
However the Nicosia municipality said that over the years, the number of traffic lights nationwide increased from 38 in 1982 to 564 today.
“Nicosia municipality preserves all traffic lights in the Nicosia district with its own crews and for other cities traffic lights offers secondary maintenance at workshops for repair of damaged parts,” the municipality said.
In collaboration with the department of public works, the central maintenance unit is also responsible for all new traffic light installations nationwide.
The municipality said that until last June, the central maintenance unit also offered help in other districts when they did not have the capability on their own.
This process, it said, due to delayed or in some cases the refusal of some partner municipalities or community councils to pay, led to “total accumulated debt to the Nicosia Municipality of approximately € 400.000, which cannot continue.”
“The Municipality of Nicosia, is unable any longer to offer services to other municipalities without payment,” it said “It intends to terminate the provision of primary and secondary maintenance nationwide from January 1, 2015 and, as regards the supply of spare parts, they will not be sent without advance payment of any debts and prepayment for new services. ”
It also stated that “based on the advice of legal counsel for the Union of Municipalities, the responsibility for maintenance lies with the municipalities and communities within the administrative boundaries of which the traffic lights are operated.”