Vandals cut down newly planted trees in central Paphos -
a second time
Vandals have cut down newly planted trees in
the centre of Paphos old town which is currently undergoing
a massive renovation project to beautify and upgrade the
It was the second such incident in a matter of
Paphos municipality issued a press release
calling on police to immediately identify and punish the
“The mayor and the council are
extremely angry,” said a municipality spokesman.
four saplings had been planted along Makarios Avenue, the
main shopping street in the heart of the commercial area of
the old town, said the spokesman.
“The municipality of Paphos
condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent
vandalism of uprooting seedlings in Archbishop Makarios III
Avenue, and calls the police to proceed swiftly all
necessary investigations to identify vandals and bring them
to justice, while taking all necessary measures to prevent
such or similar incidents in the area,” the announcement
A month ago, vandals were caught on CCTV
cutting down three newly planted trees and smashing shop
windows, aided by insufficient street lighting.
Paphos Green Party district secretary, Andreas Evlavis, said
that he is ‘incensed’ by the latest incident and again
warned that unless such actions are stopped immediately,
arrests made and the young people concerned brought to
justice, Paphos will have another Ayiou Antoniou street on
He was referring to ‘bar street’, in Kato
Paphos, which is in the heart of the tourist area and full
of bars, clubs and cafes.
Although poor lighting was
blamed for the first incident, he said that this was not the
case with the second incident, and that the police must do
more to secure the area.
“The police are investigating
and I believe they have an idea who committed this crime.
This is a big disaster and students out drinking are
responsible for the way they behave. They are adults and
should be punished as such,” he said.
He said police
should increase patrols, especially at weekends and after
“We have lost the game if our youngsters are
insensitive and don’t understand the consequences of their
actions, we can’t let this happen,” he warned.
municipality statement added: “Such behaviour must not be
tolerated. Paphos municipality is determined to protect and
preserve the upgrading work, which has cost millions, and
has made our city a gem.”
runners from Polis run to presidential palace
By Bejay Browne
protest runners set off from Polis in Paphos and arrived at
the presidential palace in Nicosia to express their
dissatisfaction that successive governments have failed to
invest any money into the area.
This has led to poor
job prospects in the district, said protestors, and the
initiative is being backed by the Polis district youth, with
the support of the Polis municipality and other nearby
The 215-km ‘Ultramarathon’ consisted of
three relay stages, taking in the Polis to Paphos road, the
old Paphos to Limassol road, and then Limassol to Nicosia.
The young runners delivered a memorandum with the demands of
“The goal is to demonstrate the injustice
experienced for decades, enforced by the state, on the
region and the residents of Polis, which unfortunately
despite our efforts has remained underdeveloped, neglected
and isolated. This is in contrast to the other cities of
Cyprus, which receive better treatment from the state,” said
Polis Mayor Giotis Papachristofi.
He noted that
delays and stagnation in construction of the Paphos to Polis
highway were of particular concern, and said that residents
were frustrated and dissatisfied with a lack of interest in
the project shown by the authorities. He said the delays,
which date back more than two decades, were unacceptable.
The mayor also noted that despite the fact that Polis
and the surrounding areas display excellent growth prospect,
no significant advantages have been exploited. He added that
the absence of 4 and 5 stars in the Local Plan for the area,
was a great weakness and degraded the region compared with
He said that the municipality wants
constraints lifted so as not to ‘rely on the discretion of
the planning department to give permission, as and when’.
He also noted that under no circumstances would the
municipality or local authorities accept limitations,
whether indirect or direct, or any ‘hidden agendas’, which
would lead to a further expansion of the Natura 2000
protected zone beyond its current limit.
The mayor also
wants to raise awareness about ongoing problems being faced
at Polis hospital. He said that it is imperative that the
facility must be able to at least provide a satisfactory
level of primary health care to the residents and visitors
to Polis and the wider area.
bikers publish definitive handbook for safe motorcycle
By Bejay Browne
Two experienced Paphos bikers have published a definitive
handbook for the advanced rider trainer with the aim of
saving lives and have set off on a two-week European road
trip to help promote the book.
Retirees, Steve Tucker, 61, and
David Rainford, 63, of ‘RoSPA (royal society for prevention
of accidents) advanced riders Paphos region’ – a local
branch of the UK organisation, have a passion for riding
motorbikes and training other riders in advanced riding
skills. Their knowledge and expertise has culminated in the
publication of their first book.
After leaving the UK
police, Tucker started his own business connected with UK
driver training and Rainford, an advanced motorcycle rider,
is also a RoSPA qualified advanced rider tutor.
Tucker, who met his co-author of ‘Advanced Rider Trainer –
The Handbook for Training the Trainer,’ whilst living in
Cyprus, moved permanently to live in Peyia in Paphos in 2008
and has been riding motor bikes for 40 years. As a UK
traffic police officer, he trained in advanced riding and
In Cyprus, he has trained more than
50 bikers, including those on the British bases in 2014. He
has also been involved in training the Cyprus police.
The ex-police officer decided to write the book, spurred
on by numerous positive comments about his training methods
and techniques by satisfied students who suggested he write
it all down. He said that it combines the theory of police
motorcycle road craft with techniques on how to train for
real life experiences on the roads.
“Sadly, a large
number of crash scenes I attended in the UK which involved a
biker was generally caused by rider error.”
said that both he and fellow biker, co-author David Rainford
love riding in Cyprus, as it takes in every possible
environment. The weather is mostly favourable, routes are
scenic and offer the possibility of riding from the coast to
the top of a mountain top and back, all in time for lunch.
The publication includes diagrams, photographs,
illustrations, useful check lists and charts.
authors will be promoting the publication of their book with
a European Road Trip on their motorbikes from England,
across Europe to Cyprus.
Earth hour marked
By Bejay Browne
The Green party and the municipalities of Nicosia and
Paphos, organised two major events to mark the annual Earth
Earth hour, now in its 10th year, is a global
movement that aims to inform and raise public awareness
about the major problems facing the planet by the
thoughtless destruction of the natural environment.
All across the world,
authorities, communities, landmark buildings and
individuals, plunge into darkness as they switch off their
lights for an hour, as a global show of support for action
on climate change.
Andreas Evlavis, secretary of the
Paphos Greens said that the group: “Time of the Earth as
Cyprus” has set a national target for 2017, the reduction of
the use of plastic bags, which are harmful to the
In 2015, the European Parliament passed
a law to significantly reduce the use of single use plastic
bags by 2019.
Evlavis said that in Paphos, Geroskipou
municipality was leading the way in promoting the idea of
reducing single use bags to residents and businesses in the
district, and that more areas should follow their lead.
Geroskipou handed out around 5,000 recycled, reusable
bags to all households and shops in the municipality.
Mayor of Geroskipou, Michalis Pavlides, said that
reducing the number of plastic bags being used in Cyprus was
a priority for the municipality. He is incredulous that we
use close to one million a day.
“In Cyprus, we use
800,000 plastic bags a day and this has to stop. We handed
out around 4,000 ecological bags to houses and around one
thousand more to shoppers, supermarkets and other shops.”
This is the second time the municipality has initiated
such a programme, the first was two years ago. Pavlides said
that he hoped that they would inspire more municipalities to
undertake similar actions.
Organised by WWF, the
first earth hour event took place in Sydney, Australia in
2007. A decade on, hundreds of millions of people will take
part in earth hour events which are being organised all over
the world this year.
Evlavis said: “It’s not so much
about how much energy is saved during the hour of the lights
being off, but more about highlighting the issues facing us
and encouraging people to live more sustainably.”
Paphos marina faces further hurdle
By Bejay Browne
Grand marina has experienced a further delay following a
decision by the authorities to refer the matter to the
According to the community leader
of Kissonerga, George Stylianou, the administrative
committee in Nicosia, which manages marinas, took the
committee is passing all of the documents on to him in order
to check his legal opinion and that everything is in order,”
Stylianou expressed his concern over the
move, hoping that it wouldn’t lead to further delays in the
project getting off the ground.
“The attorney general
must proceed with this case as a matter of urgency and it
should not take more than a month.”
He said if this
was the case and it took longer, he fears this will mean a
permanent delay in the project which has been plagued by
delays for more than a decade.
“This is halting our
plans as a community and we cannot wait any longer,” he
said. “Should we count on the financial income from the
marina or not,” he asked.
The marina at Potima bay in
Kissonerga will be a crucial project for Paphos and a
landmark development for the coastal town. When finally
built in an area 155,000 square metres, the facility will
have a capacity of 1,000 berths. The project will take
approximately three years to be completed.
move is the last in a long line of problems which saw
financial stipulations in the contract for the winning
marina bid hit a stumbling block.
is the major shareholder of the consortium Poseidon Grand
Marina of Paphos and the total cost of the construction of
the project is around 215 million euros.
long campaigned for a marina as it promises to attract high
spenders and quality tourism.
announcement of the tender for the project in 2007, it was
awarded to the Cybarco-Pandora consortium of which the
Leptos Group was part of, in 2008. However, the other two
consortiums who had bid for the project challenged the
award, at various stages.
The project had been frozen
since litigation began after it was awarded in 2008.