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October 2005 Update Since our last report in March 2005, Aristo Developers have withdrawn from site seemingly considering that they have completed remedial work and left the properties safe from harm. A new retaining wall has been constructed, patios replaced, new property dividing walls and balustrades erected and a rainwater disposal system installed. They appear to consider that they have fulfilled their obligations to owners. But all is definitely not well. The work carried out falls a long way short of Owners Requirements issued simultaneously earlier this year to, Aristo Developers and to Mr Agapiou, Head of Town Planning for Paphos District and to Mr Y Papadopoulos of the Ministry of the Interior based in Nicosia. Indeed, the work carried out to date falls short that which might reasonably be expected of a competent designer and contractor. Defects are already apparent in the new work, defects in the properties have not been addressed and further structural defects continue to manifest themselves.
During our meetings with Mr Y Papadopoulos earlier this year, various aspects of the building work being undertaken were discussed. Owners were concerned that the integrity of property foundations had been adversely affected by the collapse of the retaining wall as evidenced by structural cracking and subsidence. Mr Agapiou was summoned to attend one of these meetings. He acknowledged to the owners and Mr Papadopoulos that detailed survey reports of the properties were necessary, had been carried out on all properties and that he had copies on his files. Instructions were given to Mr Agapiou to immediately pass copies of such reports to the owners. Mr Agapiou gave his assurance that this would take place. Obliviously these instructions fell on deaf ears – no reports were passed to us. Mr Agapiou has now been suspended and we have been informed by his replacement from Nicosia now working in Paphos that no survey reports have been entered on any file whether held by the Attorney General
Visible Voids underneath properties prior to the concrete being cast on top of the mesh which is the top of the new wall.