PAPHOS municipality would not be drawn to comment on accusations made by lawyers representing a cyclist who says it has reneged on an injury compensation agreement.
Phileleftheros reported that a cyclist allegedly suffered injuries all over his body, when he was thrown from his bicycle after attempting to ride over a ‘hidden’ pothole on Poseidonos Avenue in Kato Paphos, close to the popular municipal baths at Ta Bania.
The lawyers allege that the cyclist originally threatened to sue the authorities for €25,000, but reached an out of court settlement of €12,000, which the municipality has since refused to pay. They are reported to have informed him that he can take them to court if he wishes.
Municipal Secretary Themis Filipides, told the Cyprus Mail that he couldn’t comment on the particular case as it would be ‘improper’, as it is currently under review.
However, he did say that similar approaches are made to the municipality on an almost weekly basis and each case is examined on its own merit.
“When there is a real issue and a real case, we are logical enough to come up with a compromise, but don’t accept all and any demands.”
He added: “Our policy is that we don’t give an answer immediately, but examine any instances thoroughly. We can’t invite everyone to make demands from us and in some cases, people aren’t driving carefully, or there may be other similar circumstances. However, sometimes these demands are reasonable,” he added.
Great swathes of Paphos have been disrupted over the last few years with ongoing upgrading works involving major road networks such as, the Tomb of the Kings Road and huge parts of Paphos old town. Many roads have been closed to traffic as they are dug up, and often pedestrian access has been hazardous.
Poseidonos Avenue in Kato Paphos is the town’s main coastal road and connects many of Paphos hotels with the ancient harbour area.
There have long been complaints about the poor state of many of the town’s road surfaces, something which the current council is addressing with the aim of improving the network.