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Free paint for Paphos residents to spruce up their homes

PAPHOS municipality has launched a programme which will enable residents to obtain free paint to decorate the outside of their homes.

A municipality spokesman said: “We are offering free courtesy paint to those who submit an application, as part of our efforts to promote Paphos as a decent and clean city.”

The innovative project is titled: “I paint my house, clean my neighbourhood, beautify my city.”

The programme is open to all residents of Paphos (living within the Paphos municipality boundaries) whose homes have an exterior that needs painting, after submitting an application.

“The programme only covers the outside of the building, the technical department of Paphos municipality will visit the building and certify that it needs painting, the municipality will offer a free specific quantity of paint, depending on the total outer surface of each house,” the spokesman said.

In addition, the costs of workers to carry out the painting and preparatory work will be borne entirely by the applicant, the colour will be agreed in advance and based on the data of each region.

With the approval of the request, the municipality will grant half of the quantity of paint, while the remaining required amount will be given, as required, depending on the progress of work.

The municipality plans to keep a firm grip on the programme, insuring that the projects will be completed.

“If for any reason the project is not started or not completed, the municipality will have the right to claim damages,” he warned, adding that all work will be performed under the technical supervision of the municipality or another authorised officer.

Approved requests will also include specific conditions which will be agreed in advance with the municipality technician, based on the type of surface to be painted.

He said that requests that are submitted collectively from a particular neighbourhood, will receive priority.

Other stipulations state that participants own the properties and hold all relevant licences. The premises to which requests pertains should have been constructed prior to 2010.

We are accepting applications now, those interested should come to the public service department at the municipality to collect the forms. This phase of the project is open until November 30, 2016, and then the evaluation of all applications and the start of the paint work will commence.”

Paphos is readying itself ahead of the Cultural Capital of Europe 2017 title, an honour which it will share with Aarhus in Denmark.

For more information call: 26822270 or contact the Service Centre October 28th Square, Paphos during working days and hours to collect and deposit applications.

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