Protected Lara beach in Paphos, home to the island’s endangered turtles, has been ridden with rubbish according to recent complaints reported by the Greens’ Party district committee.
Passersby have complained to the committee and according to an announcement released on Tuesday by the Greens, the rubbish has been accumulating on the beach since the beginning of April.
Rubbish bags filled with litter have been left on the beach, with environmentalists concerned about the pollution that they will cause to the area.
Greens said that Inia’s community leader had told the party that there is not enough money in the coffers to collect the rubbish and that he applied to the district administration to allow the community to set up umbrellas and sunbeds on the beach in order to raise funds to clean the area.
However, the district administration has refused to issue a permit and therefore the problem remains unresolved, the Greens said.
The announcement criticised the community leader for taking advantage of the situation to develop the beach for tourism and refusing to collect the rubbish as he had originally promised.
The Greens also said that the district administration is right not to grant permission for placing umbrellas and sunbeds on Lara beach, as the area is a globally recognised natural habitat, home to endangered species of turtles that visit the beach to lay their eggs.
“Unfortunately the environmental pollution at Lara beach is quite severe. Every day many tourists visit the beach in safari vehicles. These images cause shame and are offensive for every Cypriot citizen,” the Greens’ announcement read.