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Bases say request for beach concert ‘being assessed’

A day after Birdlife Cyprus warned that a concert scheduled at Lady’s Mile will have a negative impact on vulnerable bird species, the British bases under whose jurisdiction the beach comes, said it has not been decided yet if the event will be allowed to go ahead.

The bird protection NGO said it was gravely concerned because the concert on June 23 is being held in a protected area without an environmental permit.

“Lady’s Mile is located within the protected area of Akrotiri peninsula, one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Cyprus,” BirdLife said.

“Despite BirdLife Cyprus’ pleas to the organisers, the latter are going ahead with the concert, without having obtained the required environmental permit,” the NGO had said.

This was not the case, the British bases said.

“We can confirm the request to hold an event at Lady’s Mile Beach has been received. The organiser is aware the area is environmentally sensitive and an appropriate assessment is required to consider the impact. We will be contacting the organiser to discuss the next steps,” a bases spokesman said.

BirdLife said Lady’s Mile is already suffering from increased vehicle flow and disturbance, vehicles entering the salt lake, an illegal extension of parking areas, and the illegal parking of trailers.

“A concert such as this will add another blow to this valuable but degraded habitat,” said BirdLife Cyprus, calling on the organisers to move the event to an alternative venue located in a non-environmentally sensitive area.

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