By Bejay Browne
Following the successful launch of four new green points in Paphos last week, authorities are urgently trying to establish a fifth to serve communities in Mouttalos and the surrounding areas.
The four new green points, which are now operational, are at Koloni, Ayia Varvara, Peyia and Polis.
Paphos councillor, Andreas Chrysanthou, said that previous plans to create a fifth landfill site in Mouttalos were scuppered by angry residents who protested at the planned construction so close to their homes.
They staged a protest in October 2013, saying that the site was unsuitable as more than 1,000 people live in the area on the west side of Mouttalos. They noted that the proposed green zone was 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.
A group opposing the works wrote numerous letters of complaint to the authorities but work at the site continued. However, work was finally abandoned as officials bowed to public pressure.
Chrysanthou said: “That site was abandoned as people didn’t want it there and so we now have a problem as to where to locate it. This is on the agenda to discuss for the next council meeting for June 3rd.”
The District Committee of Paphos Cyprus Green Party, on Wednesday issued a press release, denouncing the lack of a fifth green point as incompetence by the state and local authorities to find a solution. They also said that the lack of a site in this area had led to illegal dumping.
Chrysathou said: “It’s an important issues and the area cannot go without a green point. If it isn’t started this year, the subsidy from the EU which is granted though the ministry of the interior may be lost.”
He noted that the initial site at Mouttalos would have cost over half a million euros to construct. This was the largest of the five points and would have had the capacity to take the most waste, he said.
“I have some thoughts and the Greens also had some proposals. We all have to work together to try to find a solution to this problem.”