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NEW GROUP CALLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING OVER PLANNED NEW CATHEDRAL

By Argyro Nicolaou
Published on September 12, 2010

A NEWLY-founded protest group opposes plans for a new cathedral in the heart of Nicosia’s old town saying they go against environmental and urban planning regulations and has called for a public hearing on the matter.
Using Urban Planning Law 1972 that regulates the height of constructions in the historic centre zone as well as Article 174 of the Amsterdam Treaty regarding “the preservation, protection and improvement of environment quality”, Omada Q is urging citizens that live in the old town to request a public hearing with the Minister of Interior so that they can present their objections against the granting of the cathedral’s planning permission.
Informing people of the detrimental effects the cathedral will have on Nicosia’s environment and residents is one of the aims of Omada Q, which says that putting people over profit is their core philosophy.
A member, lawyer Michalis Paraskevas, speaking on behalf of the group, said: “We want to do something practical; we speak through legal arguments that can realistically bring about change.” 
Omada Q, which says its aim is to encourage citizens and social groups to regain their lost sense of collective responsibility and interest to combat the current ‘suffocating social situation’, says it aims to find legal ways for those who oppose the construction of the planned cathedral to make their opinion heard.
The Municipal Council of Nicosia voted for the building of a new cathedral in the old town of the capital on July 6, 2010, in the midst of protests by various opposition groups. The cathedral was initially planned to be 26 metres high but after opposition by the municipality’s aesthetics committee was reduced to 23 metres. It will able to hold between 600-800 churchgoers, while underground parking will be available for 150 cars.
The only structures in the centre of Nicosia that will be taller than the cathedral are the Shacolas Tower, and the Selimiyeh Mosque (Formerly Saint Sophia Cathedral) in the northern part of the city, which is 30 metres tall and flanked by two 50-metre minarets.
The cathedral’s height is one of many points that Omada Q raises in a report which lists many issues on which the cathedral falls short, including environmental matters, health and safety regulations and cultural heritage issues.
Citing Urban Planning regulations, the report says that the location of the cathedral puts it into the ‘Pa9 Historic Centre Zone’, where the maximum height of construction is 7 metres or two floors.
The group warns that the cathedral will not only destroy the aesthetics of the old town, but also says it will have a devastating effect on tourism.
The Omada Q report cites measurements by the Work Inspection Department, according to which concentration levels of dangerous substances such as nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide are already high in the area. The report says these levels are expected to rise during construction. Daily waste production will come to 750 litres, and that an extremely high rate of 540,000 litres of petrol will be required for the cathedral’s completion. 
Another issue mentioned by the report is based on a May 2010 study of the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK). According to the study, the chosen location of the new cathedral is not considered safe due to the inadequate capacity of the road network in the area. In the absence of alternative access and emergency escape routes, and in the case of a fire or earthquake, people within and around the cathedral will run a serious, even fatal, risk. 
Greens deputy George Perdikis had told reporters in July that “there are economic interests behind the decision” of building the cathedral, saying the decision could be overturned “if pressure is brought to bear by active citizens and if the political parties assume their responsibilities”.
Days after the decision of the Municipal Council, however, the Mayor of Nicosia Eleni Mavrou offered a bleak point of view on the subject. “Realistically, any changes to the planning of the cathedral are up to the Church’s good will,” stated Mavrou on July 7.
On the same day, and in response to opposition group protests outside Nicosia’s Town Hall, the Archbishop dismissed criticism, saying that “Nicosia wants a cathedral” and referred to protesters as “cry-babies”.

(αναδημοσίευση από

http://www.cyprus-mail.com/cyprus/new-group-calls-public-hearing-over-planned-new-cathedral/20100912)

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