News Local DISY MP: Urban Planning Officers may be taking bribes

DISY MP: Urban Planning Officers may be taking bribes

DISY MP Andreas Kyprianou has left hints that some Urban Planning Officers receive bribes from investors to grant them planning permits.

Specifically, Kyprianou said that the procedures for granting planning permits are extremely slow and this leads some investors to bribe Urban Planning Officers in order to grant them permits earlier.

“I’m not saying that there is bribing but that could be the case. If an investment of €50 million is delayed, the investor – rather than delaying his investment – can just give someone €10,000 to get the job done,” he said.

Kyprianou added that the state is missing out on funds because of these slow processes.

Many citizens and entrepreneurs have cancelled building plans because their applications were not examined in time by planning authorities, Union of Cyprus Communities Secretary Panayiotis Damianou said.

President of the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber Constantinos Constanti argued that the laws regarding planning permissions are complicated and that they are pushing for their simplification.

He said that the existing model for granting planning permits is bankrupt and that it is inconceivable that it could take up to 18 months to get a permit.

“I called Strovolos Municipality to ask if a final approval certificate was issued, five months after the completion of a construction, and they answered ‘Are you serious? You want your certificate issued in five months?'”

 

 

 

 

Top Stories

12-new covid cases at the same levels, nothing from abroad or schools

  12 new cases of Covid-19 were detected in Cyprus over the past 24 hours out of a total of 3 thousand 338 diagnostic tests. The...

Cyprus extends support to Armenia as FM calls counterpart

  Cyprus has expressed its deep concern over the escalating situation in Nagorno Karabakh over the past 48 hours and condemned 'the Azeri violation of...

International concern over Karabakh, as energy corridor is threatened (latest)

  Clashes erupted between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the volatile Nagorno-Karabakh region, reigniting concern about instability in the South Caucasus, a corridor for pipelines transporting...

38 C on Monday, close to 40 C on Tuesday, cooler on Wednesday

The warm air current affecting the island will take temperatures a touch under August levels over the next 48 hours, with 38 C on...

War fears in Karabakh as Armenia and Azerbaijan clash with civilian casualties

  Armenia declared martial law and mobilised its male population after clashes with Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region in which sources on both sides...

Taste

Sheftalies

Sheftalies, a very tasty dish from the charcoal grill, are minced meat shaped into small sausages and wrapped in “panna” (suet). Panna is a...

Spicy grilled soutzoukakia

Place all ingredients for soutzoukakia in a bowl and mix well, preferably using a food processor, until well combined. Using the mixture, form cigar-shaped...

Souvlakia

Pork souvlaki: Put the meat and all the other ingredients in a bowl (not metal) and mix well. Cover the bowl and keep in...

Pastelli (Carob Toffee)

The nutritional sweet of Pastelli is made with the syrup of carob pods, produced by boiling their pulp until it forms a thick, sticky...