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State considers legal action against company over crocodile park

November 29, 2018 at 10:35am

State authorities have sent a letter to the Attorney General requesting legal action against the company that was planning to build a crocodile park in Psematismenos, Larnaca.

According to the state, the company illegally started earthworks at the site where the park was meant to be build, before receiving a planning permit.

Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides says that the company applied for a permit on June 23, 2014 to build a crocodile park in Psematismenos.

Three months later, on September 19, 2014, the Town Planning Department went to inspect the site and saw that earthworks had already started.

Eventually, on April 18, 2016 the Department rejected the company’s application as:

  • There was no legally registered road that led to the park.
  • The park did not meet the requirements for water supply. Specifically, the community of Psematismenos did not agree to supply the park with water.
  • The District of Larnaca and nearby communities opposed the construction of the park.

After the rejection of the permit, on August 7, 2017, the Town Planning Department notified the company to restore the site as it was before the earthworks. However, according to the Interior Minister, the company ignored the notification, thus the Department sent a letter to the Attorney General requesting legal action.

The park was meant to host 170-220 crocodiles, to be imported from Israel and would have included artificial lakes, a cafeteria and a gift shop.

Various sites were proposed as building locations, but residents of the communities reacted, leading to the plans stalling.