News Local Limassol's development came at a cost for city's centre

Limassol’s development came at a cost for city’s centre

Limassol’s impressive development in the past years gave new life to the once ‘dead’ centre of the city but also had negative consequences, Phileleftheros reported today.

Economic growth gave way to hundreds of new bars, restaurants and cafes, however these are all concentrated in a part of the town which does not exceed 0.5 km2    

Citizens report that this causes problems, especially with traffic and noise during Friday and Saturday nights.

Citizens and business owners of the area also say that their properties often fall victim to vandalism.

Damages in cars and trees and painting on walls, among others are some of the Limassol’s problems, inhabitants report.

Also, especially on Friday and Saturday nights due to the limited amount of parking spaces, people park anywhere they find and many times block the entrances of houses.

To respond to these issues, locals created the Movement of Affected Citizens of Limassol’s Centre which regularly informs the Municipality and the police of the area’s problems.

However, they express their displeasure in the authorities’ response because, as they said, the problem keeps growing.

The reason behind this is the lack of policing in the area, they said.

Press Officer of Limassol Police, Yiannis Sotiriades told Phileleftheros that although the authorities police the area constantly and try to react to complaints, he admits that these measures cannot solve the problem on their own.

“It is not possible to track every young person or other individuals to prevent possible anti-social behaviour or other crimes,” he said.

He attributed the problems in the area to the “uncontrolled operation of a large number of nightclubs.”

He also said that police suggested the immediate construction of speed bumps to prevent high speeds on the area’s streets, as well as cooperating with the Traffıc Department “for a stricter surveillance of the traffic”.

Regarding illegal parking, Sotiriades said that they are making every effort they can to respond to citizen’s complaints by policing the wider area of the centre.

Additionally, the police runs intensive checks in local establishments who operate without a license or violate laws regarding noise levels.

Limassol Mayor, Nicos Nicolaides said that the municipality is planning night patrols in cooperation with the police.

The municipality also created a department with representatives from the Cyprus Tourism Organization, the police, the Customs Office which will check noise levels in local nightclubs.

In instances where they violate the law, their licenses will be revoked.




Top Stories

Rockslides caused by bad weather, police urges caution

  Police are calling on people driving up mountainous regions to exercise additional caution following at least two rockslides. One of them occurred on the Platres-Troodotissa...

Lightning causes power cuts in 12 Limassol rural areas

  Electricity Authority crews have been working through the day to restore power to many areas in rural Limassol following a technical fault in the...

Insurance agent arrested in connection to forged vehicle document

  A 40 year old insurance agent was arrested in Limassol in connection with forging a used vehicle insurance policy, circulating a forged document and...

Turkey says it will renew offer for joint working group on S-400s to Biden

  Turkey will renew its offer to form a joint working group with the United States to look into the technical aspects of its acquisition...

Iran fires long-range missiles into Indian Ocean in military drill – media

  Iran’s Revolutionary Guards today fired long-range ballistic missiles into the Indian Ocean on the second day of a military exercise, state media reported. The drill,...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...