The Larnaca Tennis Club’s courts will be moved to another location so that the town’s ancient port, part of which sits underneath them, can be better showcased, Transport minister Marios Demetriades said on Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters after a cabinet session, Demetriades announced that government funds to the tune of €900.000 have been allocated to moving the tennis courts.
“We all know that this has been one of Larnaca’s long-standing demands, to move the tennis courts elsewhere so that the area can be developed to promote the ancient port, which sits behind Larnaca’s district museum,” the minister said.
“This is certainly a very important development, because we can enrich Larnaca’s tourist product by showcasing this ancient port.”
The Transport ministry, along with the Antiquities department have appropriated the funding required to press ahead with promoting the ancient port as soon as the tennis courts have been moved, he added.
Demetriades said moving the courts can start immediately and could take as little as a year.
Asked about planning for excavations necessary to bring the ancient port to light, the minister said “a deal has already been struck with a French mission, which stands ready to begin excavations once the courts have been moved”.
“The Antiquities department budget also includes landscaping,” he said.
“Everything will be done in cooperation with the Larnaca municipality, which has shown a keen interest in this development.”
A specific area has been designated as the new location of the tennis courts, Demetriades explained.