MAYORS within Larnaca district have agreed to set up a council to discuss cooperation and public sector reform, Larnaca municipality said in an announcement yesterday.
The council will meet once a month with a rotating presidency, and the first meeting has been set for March, with the mayor of Lefkara starting the presidency.
“The mayors, realising the changing context of local government consider that the monthly meetings will become a starting point for discussion of issues such as the merger of services – traffic police, technical services, cleaning and health services – and for jointly addressing general issues such as the economic autonomy of municipalities,” it said.
The council has already adopted the suggestions made by the members of the Union of Cyprus Municipalities (UCM), it said.
Last week, Nicosia district mayors also met to discuss the merger of certain services, starting with rubbish collection and discussed proposed reforms on the basis of an Italian study commissioned by the UCM last year.
The present model under which local government operates was not deemed viable by a government-commissioned report. The UCM has prepared its own proposal for the reform of local administration after rejecting the government plan for the creation of five ‘super’ municipalities, one in each district and bringing down the number of town halls from 33 to five.