By Bejay Browne
THE PAPHOS Green party has slammed local authorities for cutting down a ‘magnificent’ conifer tree which had stood outside the front of the town’s library, for the last 70 years.
The head of the Paphos Green party, Andreas Evlavis, told the Cyprus Mail that the tree was recently cut down, following the renovation of the building in which the library is housed, so as not to ‘spoil the view.’
Evlavis said that the tree was planted around 70 years ago when the library was first built and that chopping it down was a crime.
“Apparently the tree was cut down so as not to ‘spoil’ the view of the new building, which is absurd. This tree was planted many years ago, when the library was built, it is the same age.”
Evlavis said that the anyway, the tree was plated to the side of the building’s facade and not right in front of it. He noted that two similar trees are growing behind the library, close to the car park.
“The reason for cutting the tree is ridiculous; people go to a library for a reason and not for a ‘view,’ which was better before this tragedy in any case,” he said.
Evlavis said that the municipality could have cut some of the branches if they intended to tidy up the tree, but stressed that cutting it down was a crime
“We’ve had lots of calls about this action, people are very angry about it. You only have to look at the invitation sent out by Paphos Municipality themselves to the inauguration of the renovated library, and make a comparison to the picture today. You can see the green has disappeared, it’s a joke.”
In addition, Evlavis said that former municipal councillor Katerina Charalambidou had written to the Green Party to express her outrage at the loss of the tree and the actions of the municipality.
“Nothing is being done for the green areas of Paphos, which are getting considerably smaller and less over the last ten years,” he said.
Evlavis also pointed out that a nearby school had cut back two trees which are growing outside the entrance so severely, that just the bare trunks are left, which presents a sorry picture.
“This is not what we should be teaching our children. This action could’ve been carried out far more sympathetically,” he noted.
He added that Paphos is the Capital of Culture 2017, and the Green Party expected greenery to be enhanced and quality of life to improve, and not opposite, as is currently occuring.