Shopkeepers in central Paphos, warned on Wednesday, that they will take dynamic measures if Aphrodite Street is closed for programmed construction work.
Kyriakos Kyriakou, president of ‘The Associations of the Friends of the Old City’, said that it was inconceivable that construction work outside the old municipal market starts before the Makariou, Paphou Chrysanthou and Thermopylon Streets are opened to the public.
“We appreciate the time constraints involved; Paphos being the European Cultural Capital in 2017, but the authorities must realise, that they cannot turn the commercial centre into an open construction site without the necessary accesses. Such actions will result in the strangulation of businesses, which already have suffered damage” said Kyriakou
Paphos Mayor, Phedonas Phedonos, will, following an initiative by Cyprus Federation of Professional Craftsmen and Shopkeepers (POVEK), address the shop owners on Thursday at 6pm at the old electricity board building outlining the time schedule for the on-going construction work.
The shopkeepers, however, have demanded that the contractor ZEMCO, MPs, and Municipal Councillors be present at the meeting in order to give them a detailed account with regards to the project’s progress around the city centre.