Nicosia municipality rejected suggestions on Tuesday that tactile paving — usually used to guide people with impaired vision — on a stretch of the Eleftheria Square had been installed improperly with lampposts obstructing the path.
The municipality, which has been under constant fire over delays in completing the square, was forced to issue a statement after fresh criticism over the installation of tactile paving on Costakis Pantelides Street, which links the square with the bus terminal.
Photos on social media showed a stretch paved with tactile tiles, used to guide visually impaired people, with lampposts fitted at regular intervals along the route.
In a post on its Facebook page, the local authority said the tiles had been properly installed.
“Tactile marking on Costakis Pantelides Street on the same line with benches and lampposts is not a path for visually impaired people,” the municipality said.
It said that the road is shared space between pedestrians and vehicles constructed on the same level.
The tactile paving had been installed to alert people with disabilities that they were entering a stretch used by motorists, the municipality said, providing a photo from London where the same concept had been used.
Even so, some observers pointed out that the tiles used on the square – mostly raised, flat-topped bars – were normally used as guidance tactile whereas blister tactile was used on even surfaces to warn visually impaired people that they were at the end of the footway and there was a carriageway ahead.