Ayia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos urged the government to suspend a recent law on noise pollution because it was unenforceable and was hurting tourism.
In a press release on Wednesday, the popular holiday resort’s municipality said a state of lawlessness existed when it came to regulating noise pollution.
It was having an immediate effect on the quality of life of the locals and visitors to Cyprus, it added.
“It seems that in Cyprus in 2018 we are developing a tendency of self-destroying our tourist product, which is directly affected by such practices.”
Speaking on private Active radio, the mayor said authorities should suspend the law, amended in 2016 and came into force last year, since it does not allow for noise pollution to be regulated.
“We have become a laughing stock since we cannot control noise pollution,” he said. “The law has so many problems and loopholes that it leads to a state of lawlessness.”
Karousos said Cyprus is full of open air clubs and there was nothing anyone could do.
The mayor said under the new law police are no longer responsible for noise pollution, just rowdiness, and for them to intervene someone must lodge a complaint.
Before the law was amended, he said, police could intervene and could even remove the speakers.
Karousos said people in Ayia Napa and neighbouring Protaras could not sleep because of the noise. He warned that the island was losing tourists to Turkey and Egypt, which offered cheaper holidays, while Cyprus still had not resolved problems such as noise.