Larnaca shopkeepers in the area of Pallas Square held a protest because they are worried that they will not have access to their stores and ultimately have to shut down for good.
The development of the area will begin in September, the project will cost around €1.2m and will be jointly covered by the government and the municipality.
It includes widening pavements, illumination, and landscaping, and also upgrading utilities’ networks such as electricity, telephone and water, and the expansion of storm drains. The aim is to improve the traffic flow, and offer more comfort and safety to pedestrians.
Larnaca mayor Andreas Louroujiadis said he understood the concerns of the shopkeepers and would support them as best he could. However he said it had been a major achievement to secure funding for a development project in the current climate, and that in the end it could only help businesses in the area. “Together we will find the best possible solution,” he said.