A critical lone voice in the wilderness?
I wonder from time to time whether we are the only ones who voice concerns on the problems of the construction industry especially regarding the pressing items that need immediate correction. Regrettably the organised professional groups such as the Cyprus Technical Chamber (ETEK), the Architects Association and others or even the organised developers, do not seem to bother. During 38 years of being involved in public problems through my articles, seminars, personal contacts with Ministers and other levels has not provided the expected results.
Building Permits – I have published a detailed step-bystep suggestion to create a new system of permit issues to involve civil servants as little as possible and the burden of the permits to be the prime responsibility by the architects of a project.
I raised the issue that the dreaded ‘certificate of final approval’ that should be replaced by a certificate of safety, so that the buildings can be occupied pending the certificate of final approval (which can take years to be issued from the buildings completion).
I have raised the issue of private swimming pools four years ago and provided the gap that exists between EU regulations and our own. Now it’s become a big problem.
I’ve suggested a certain solution to those buyers regarding the damage caused by subsidence of buildings.
Back in 2004, I raised the issue of units to let (Airbnb etc) which only now has surfaced for public debate.
On the towers that are appearing everywhere and although we are all for it (subject to certain conditions), I raised concerns two years ago and now the problems of these new developments has woken up the government and the Town Planning Office.
Various illegalities that the local authorities and even local planning authorities tolerate is a provocation. I have recently reported various departments on this and the matter is under investigation by the Auditor General and others.
I have made a proposals regarding upgrading of the environment with respect to land that is being developed.
I have suggested a procedure to check the quality of entertainment and tourist establishments (three years ago) regarding the service offered and the charges. Now the C.T.O. is looking at it (see the example of Greece where authorised inspectors/ “spies” are employed).
I was the first to raise the question of commission and especially regarding in particular the Chinese agents, local developers as well as certain advocates and accountants.
I raised the question of VAT imposed on short lets – now at last we have a reply from the VAT authorities.
Our stand on the common expenses law (I call it a curse) which is not working is still pending, be it that we will not let go (in addition to the other suggestions).
I have a position regarding Natura zoning and development and with special regard to Akamas and other areas (ten years ago and practically annually ever since).
I fired a warning shot on the passports/visa issues three years ago, placing our own ideas on the subject. The situation is now getting very serious since we are not listening to the warnings of the EU, the U.S. etc.
My article and suggestion on hotel upgrading since the year 2012 seems to have been adopted recently with good results.
So, one wonders, am I alone in correctness, or shall we give up and attitude of indifference? www.aloizou.com.cy ala-HQ@aloizou.com.cy these follow thoughts of the general
Antonis Loizou F.R.I.C.S. is the Director of Antonis Loizou & Associates Ltd., Real Estate & Projects Development Managers