By Bejay Browne
WORK is due to get underway on a project which will see the upgrading of the centre of Paphos old town, along with Kennedy Square, according to Paphos municipality.
Work will commence on December 22, following the signing of the relevant contracts at Paphos municipality on Tuesday.
A spokesman for the municipality said: “This is the first of the big infrastructure projects planned in Paphos that will help change the city’s image and contribute to kick start the local economy, and it begins next week.”
The work which will see the regeneration of the old town has long been a priority for local businesses and other organisations, who have welcomed the news.
Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, the head of the Paphos regional board of tourism said: “This is a very positive development and we are happy to see that finally, Paphos will have an upgraded old town centre which will only add to the enjoyment of the area for visitors and locals.”
He added: “Every traveller has a desire to see the old town of each destination they visit, and we fully support this move.”
The upgrading work will commence next Tuesday and the Mayor of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos, warned that the municipality will not accept any requests by contactors to extend the deadline for the work, stressing that none of the plans may be changed without the approval of the municipal council, and even then, only if it is seen as essential.
“What happened in previous times are long gone,” he said referring to instances of corruption, bribery, fraud and mismanagement, which resulted in the imprisonment of the town’s previous mayor, Savvas Vergas.
Phedonos signed the relevant paperwork with contractors, Zemco Constructions Ltd; the project has a price tag totalling €5,576,917.
The mayor pointed out that the municipality has taken all of the necessary measures to ensure that the work is carried out within the set deadlines. He added that the project will be completed by the end of 2016, and delivered before January 1st 2017, when Paphos becomes the official European Cultural Capital.
A representative of the contractor assured that the work would be completed on time and expected that there would be a ‘fruitful and effective cooperation’ with the local authority.