New Chorio council dismantles camping site near Aphrodite’s Baths

The community council of Neo Chorio removed an illegal camping site near Aphrodite’s Baths in the Akamas in the early hours of Friday.

The decision to dismantle the site, which had been there for decades, was taken after a warning from the authorities sent out last week to clean up the area, which was described as unhygienic and unacceptable.

Cleaning crews were sent in to remove around 30 caravans and makeshift structures.

Police were present during the operation, so no incidents were registered.

The illegal structures were in a protected area where people are not allowed to camp, as they constitute a threat for the delicate environment.

The owners of the caravans were given a grace period from the authorities to remove their properties, but because they failed to act on time, police had no choice but to intervene.

“They have acted in line with decisions and with the resolve to impose law and order,” the community council of Neo Chorio has released a statement.

The statement said the owners were publicly warned that the removal of the illegal caravans and structures from the Aphrodite’s Baths was going to happen soon.

Neo Chorio community leader Andreas Christodoulou has spoken out against illegal camping in the area and inside the national park of Akamas for years.

In comments to the Cyprus Mail last month he expressed his hope that a legal camping site would be opened in the area near the Aphrodite’s Baths.

He said that, over the years, his community council had been faced with numerous problems during the summer holiday months, mainly July and August, due to the tonnes of rubbish campers leave behind but also irregularities carried out by some of the visitors.

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