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Broken promises over Pissouri land slippage

In an open letter to the Cyprus Minister of the Interior Socratis Hasikos a Pissouri resident asks why the Minister has failed to keep the promises he made to clean up the land slippage mess.

Socratis Hasikos breaks promises over Pissouri land slippageON NOVEMBER 19, 2015 (reported in Cyprus Mail on 20 November 2015) you made a televised announcement that you were committing between 20 and 50 millions of euros to “clean up the mess” in Pissouri.

Since your announcement there has been no further information although conditions in Pissouri have deteriorated rapidly. Homes generally have been rendered valueless. Two homes have been condemned as unfit for human habitation and others will soon follow including at least one home with young children.

I request that the following information be provided for publication by The Cyprus Mail:

  • What progress has been made on design work for the necessary retaining structures and infrastructure work to arrest the land-slippage and for ground water management systems for upwards of 1000 homes?
  • Has design work been delayed by the extraordinary claim made by one of your officials to the effect that because he drafted part of a geological report at home he, and not the government that paid for the investigations, owns the intellectual property in the geological report?
  • When will the geological report be made available to experts acting for homeowners in Pissouri?
  • When will there be a public presentation in Pissouri of the proposed remedial works?
  • Has it been determined how many homes will be subject to compulsory purchase and demolition?
  • When do you anticipate that construction works will commence and what is the estimated date of completion?

I regret the necessity of writing an open letter but unfortunately letters addressed to you (even by recorded delivery) are simply ignored by your officials. This is something that I as an ordinary taxpayer have in common with the President of the Republic: his letters addressed to your ministry are also ignored.

Antony Walker FRICS
Pissouri

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  • Aggis Demetriou says:

    @Walker

    You really think you will get a reply?

    I was harassing the Minister in 2013 for a 1 hour meeting, he only saw me because I was calling him on his Mobile phone all hours of the day and night.

    In the real world the government won’t be paying for anything just a lot of lies.

    The building system here has to start to be vetted by government inspectors just like they do in the UK, and once it’s been built satisfactory then you receive a final approval completion certificate, once this happens then yes the government will be held fully responsible for any building or land slippage.

  • Steve R says:

    I am sure this is just an oversight by the government and another public letter will be issued shortly. Please keep this subject alive and let us all know the progress.

    Ed: I sent a letter by recorded delivery to Socratis Hasikos last year – Open letter to Socratis Hasikos. I never received a reply.

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