Cyprus Mail

Road improvement works delayed over protests

A previous protest

Roadworks slated to have started on Monday on a contested Limassol street were postponed over threats of protests by nearby residents and business owners.

Instead of starting the creation of a traffic island on Nicos and Despina Pattichi street as planned, a decision was taken late on Sunday evening to postpone the works after business people in the area threatened to begin protests at 7:30am and destroy whatever was being built in a matter of minutes.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, the transport minister will meet with the protestors on Wednesday morning.

The public works department said that although they were ready to begin on schedule, they received orders to wait a few days, in light of the dialogue with the protestors, CNA said.

Business owners of the area argue that the traffic island will negatively affect their business and lead to their financial destruction though the transport minister countered that the street is unsafe without the traffic island and 700 road accidents have taken place there.

Protestors were given a chance to submit their own alternative proposal and though it was rejected, some of their suggestions were taken on board, for instance, more parking spots than were initially planned.

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