Toilets needed in Paphos old town

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneVISITORS to Paphos old town are bemoaning a lack of toilet facilities in the heart of the newly upgraded area.Millions of euros have been spent on renovating the old town and yet toilet facilities are sparse, with only one old, outdated block found slightly away from the centre, close to the Pervola parking area, say holidaymakers.“There used to be two toilets in the market area but now there are none at all and it’s particularly difficult as my husband is disabled. We have had to ask cafés and restaurants if we can use theirs and only if it’s on the ground floor,” said Margaret Davies from the UK, holidaying for two weeks in Paphos.Despite cleaners of the only toilet block close to the central parking area doing their best to keep it clean, it is in dire need of an upgrade said a nearby café owner.“What kind of image does this give visitors to Paphos, you can tell a lot about a town from the state of the public toilets,” he said.In 2015 President Nicos Anastasiades announced €60m worth of projects for Paphos, including the regeneration of the traditional shopping centre and Kennedy Square, the restoration of the municipal market, the upgrading of the Markideio theatre, and connecting and enhancing the squares of October 28, Kosti Palama and Dionysios Solomos around the town hall.Tens of new outlets have already moved to the area, including artisan shops, tea shops, cafés, bars, juice bars, restaurants, galleries, clothes shops, handicrafts and jewellers.However, shopkeepers on Makarios Avenue told the Cyprus Mail that visitors to the area often forced to use the facilities of Kiniras Hotel, although a plastic portable toilet has recently been installed in the car park opposite they said.“Cleaners are there every day but it’s a bit stinky,” said one, who wished to remain unnamed. “We urgently need proper facilities here.”In addition, shopkeepers say that steps up to their shops have yet to be built, making it difficult to access their premises. As part of the upgrading of the area, Makarios Avenue was pedestrianised and resurfaced using granite blocks. Business say that workmen miscalculated the road height and put in the new one far lower than it was previously.“We are not allowed to fix them ourselves and we are still waiting for proper access,” they said.A spokesman for Paphos municipality confirmed that they are aware of the acute need for facilities in the area and said that around 30 or so new toilets in total will be installed in areas including: Moutallos, Kato Paphos, the market area, the bus station and central Paphos.“This is part of a wider proposal for new bus shelters, bus stops and the renovation of the bus terminal,” he said.He added that the tender for the toilets, which will be modern and include toilets for disabled people and baby changing areas, should be ready ‘sometimes after the summer.’ You May LikeHealthZapSize Of Engagement Ring Made Her Question Her DecisionHealthZapUndotoptrainTop train trips around the worldtoptrainUndogeneralpath13 Rules You Need to Know Before Buying Your HomegeneralpathUndo Two days of music to dance toUndoLicences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more