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Protest event in Larnaca for the remodeling of Pattiche Park

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    The protestors request a complete suspension of work until the submission of a revised general zoning plan for the redevelopment of the pattiche park based on the latest decisions of the municipal council

    A protest event was held today by citizens of < strong>Larnakas, in front of the main entrance of the Pattiheiou park for the remodeling of the Pattiheiou park.

    The Aliki Wetland Protection Group reports that “the Larnaka Municipality has started the projectsfor the redevelopment of the area, with the construction of a restaurant, pedestrian bridge, dog park, playground and botanical garden. The projects also include a parking space on Artemis Avenue, inside the park. The €7 million projects are co-financed by the EU“.

    The group for the protection of the Alikis wetland, “protests about the remodeling projects, which, as it states in a memorandum submitted before the Parliamentary Committee for the Environment on Wednesday, March 13, fall within the Natura 2000 Network, a Special Conservation Zone (SZD) area and a Special Zone forest land Protection (ZEP)”.

    They state that “the park adjoins the Larnaca Salt Flats – Wetlands of international importance protected by the Ramsar Convention, for which a management plan was drawn up in 2016, but was not taken into account”.

    They note that “the reasoned finding of the Department of the Environment is not equivalent to a proper Special Ecological Assessment, through which the project should pass in such a sensitive area, but it has also not taken into account that to date no protected species of flora and fauna have been recorded in the park and other existing coverages that have either received permission (Teke Hala Sultan) or will receive in the future (Aghia Charalambous area) have not been taken into account”.

    They add that “because the Municipality of Larnaca did not proceed even public consultation as required as provided for in the Aarhus Convention and Law 119/2004 passed by the Parliament and under the weight of the reactions, announced removals from the project, as a result of which the plans that have received approval have been varied, but without being announced”.

    The protestors request a “complete suspension of work until the submission of a revised general zoning plan for the redevelopment of the cottage park based on the latest decisions of the municipal council”.

    In protest was attended by the Environmentalists Movement-Citizens Cooperation with its President Giorgos Perdikis, the Active Citizens- United Cypriot Hunters Movement and Larnaca MPs.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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