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Armou resident warns visitors enter at your own risk

As homes on a stricken development in Armou continue to slip and gaping holes appear, one resident has put a warning sign on his gate post warning visitors to enter at their own risk.

ONE HOMEOWNER at a stricken development in Armou village in Paphos is being forced to place a warning sign stating ‘enter at your own risk’ on his gate post, as the gaping holes directly outside his front door pose a serious danger to visitors to his property.

“I have to put up a sign pointing out that visitors are entering at their own risk as I obviously don’t have public liability insurance and we have huge holes right outside our front door, which are extremely dangerous,” Simon Phillips said.

Two of the holes are cavernous and measure three quarters of a metre wide and three metres in depth. All six homes in the recently built development in Paphos continue to slip down the hillside, and officials are concentrating on efforts to find a solution for the desperate homeowners.

Phillips’ house is in the picturesque village of Armou and is part of an estate which is in imminent danger of collapse after it was constructed on land locals had long been warned was unsafe. The president of Paphos’ architects and civil engineers association, Chrysostomos Italos was contacted by a number of the home owners to prepare a report, which he says he will present to them this week.

The development was built by JNM developers. The Sunday Mail has been unable to contact them for a comment. A number of the homeowners have issued court proceedings against the developer. All of the houses have serious structural problems, from slanting floors, to the partial collapse of stairs, walls, swimming pools and patio areas.

Outside drains are now exposed in one garden and retaining walls have split. Electricity poles in the area are also now leaning at an angle. One family was forced to leave their home, which they rented, a couple of weeks ago, as it was deemed unsafe by officials and is now visibly on a slant. The six houses have continued to move down the hillside in the past couple of weeks.

Two of the access roads to the development are currently impassable with giant gaps in both, the third is barely useable. Italos said he had finished the report but would not give any details until he has handed it over to the owners. “I can say that in my opinion, the developer is responsible, but I have been unable to get hold of him,” he said.

“I have also spoken to the Paphos district office and urged them to act as fast as they can in this matter and do something to help these people. They also confirmed that they would be taking legal action against the developer and any other responsible person concerning the dire situation in Armou.”

Homeowner Geoff Higgs said, “The land movement seems to have slowed down considerably in the last couple of weeks, but saying that, there is still movement there. I have been undertaking some ‘botch’ repair jobs on the tiles around my swimming pool and on my top outdoor step, as the tiles have now cracked.”

Higgs and his wife Maggie have already had to replace their swimming pool and carry out other works at their property, caused by the land slip.

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  • marktyler says:

    Well, I tried calling the 2 phone numbers (Tel: +357 26944085 Mob: +357 99483429).

    Result: No answer to the landline number; the mobile number rang once, then silence – maybe an answerphone without any introductory message, but not sure.

    However, this appears prima facie evidence of evading their responsibilities. …JNM Builders purport to be present, but for practical purposes do not present themselves to callers. I wonder why that might be? I still suggest they are cowering somewhere, being sheltered by friends cut from the same cloth, and very wary about who they talk to. Cowards? Probably…….,or Not? Come on out JNM Builders, visit your development at Armou and hold an open meeting with the people who bought your homes. Are you satisfied with your project?

  • @Robert – their email address is available – took me less than 10 seconds to find it using Google:

    Website: http://www.jnm4udevelopers.com
    Email: [email protected]

    The website is empty, so I doubt you’ll achieve anything by using it.

  • Robert Briggs says:

    @ Mr Nigel Howarth, 10/5/2012,at 10:17 am.

    Dear Sir, is the e-mail address of JNM 4U DEVELOPMENTS & CONSTRUCTIONS ltd, available? R.B.

  • @marktyler – no-one is sheltering them – here’s their address and contact details:

    JNM 4U DEVELOPMENTS AND CONSTRUCTIONS LTD
    Tombs of the Kings Road, Royal Complex, shop 23, 24, 8046 Kato Paphos Cyprus

    Contact Details
    Tel: +357 26944085
    Fax: +357 26947030
    Mob: +357 99483429

  • marktyler says:

    Creepy and sinister that JNM Developers are able to get away with this. “Not available to comment..” What society is it that shelters them? Cowards.

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