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MEETING ON THE ISSUE OF P.O.A.Y IN POROS: THE FUTURE OF SARONIC GULF LOOKS BLEAK

A meeting on the issue of preventing the creation of Industrial Areas of Organized Aquaculture Development in the Saronic Gulf was held on Saturday 21.5.2022 in Poros, on the initiative of the Mayor of Poros, Giannis Dimitriadis. All Mayors and members of parliament (MP) of the Saronic islands and coasts, from west and south of Salamina to Hydra, as well as the Regional Governors and local Regional Vice - Governors of Attica and Peloponnese were invited to the meeting. However, the only ones that came were the Mayor of Epidaurus T. Chronis and the Mayor of Xeromeros G. Triandafyllakis (coordinator of the Panhellenic Coordinating Committee of fish farmingareas), the Regional Vice - Governor of Islands V. Bogri-Theodorakopoulou and MPs G. Giolas (Argolida/SYRIZA), Th. Dritsas (A'Piraeus/SYRIZA) and Chr. Boutsikakis (A' Piraeus/ND).In addition, the Mayor of Agistri G. Athanasiou, the Mayor of Aegina G. Zorbas andthe Mayor of Salamina G. Panagopoulos as well as the MP (A' Piraeus/ND) K. Katsafados, N. Manolakos and G. Mela informed that they could not attend the meeting due to unavoidable commitments. It is noted that Giannis Dimitriadis had initially invited the Regional Governor of Attica, G. Patoulis, to convene this meeting in Athens and as the Regional Governor did not do so, the Mayor of Poros took the initiative to convene it himself.

The following conclusions were reached:

1. The limited interest of the elected representatives of the regions of West & South Saronic Gulf on this issue, leads to the conclusion that there is no background and legitimacy for a jointfight with a common demand for the cancellation of the fish-industrialization plan of the Saronic Gulf.

2. The limited interest of the elected representatives of the coastal regions of the whole country, leads also to a similar conclusion regarding the fight for the amendment of Spatial Planning of Aquaculture.

3. The complete indifference of all Regions of the country, the Association of Greek Regions and the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece on this issue, reinforces the above conclusions and causes frustration regarding their role and the acceptance of their institutional marginalization.

4. No party has stated that it intends to amend this plan and no MP has put forward in public (not even during the meeting) specific proposals to address the issue.

5. Regarding its own region, the Municipality of Poros requests the complete cancellation of the plan for the creation of P.O.A.Y. and declares that the non-acceptance of the request is a casus belli for the local community and cannot be accepted. In case the government does not withdraw the plan immediately (before the national elections), our Municipality has declared that it will proceed to dynamic actions and total conflict in order to protect the island. In this context, the Municipal Council will first of all take a Decision to abstain from the national elections and declare all representatives of the Government, the Region and the Parliament as institutionally undesirable in our region. Also, the Municipality has already started a campaign (leaflets, banners, social media) to make its positions known.

6. In terms of joint actions, the Municipality of Poros reiterates its call to those municipalities that may wish to fight for preventing the creation of P.O.A.Y. in their own regions or for other "red lines" that they may identify (e.g.about the size of P.O.A.Y. or specific zones):
- Holding a meeting with the Prime Minister in June, in which any Municipalities participating will put forward their requests regarding their regions and ask for a clear answer as to whether these are acceptable. During the meeting in Poros, the MP of A’ Piraeus, Mr. Chr. Boutsikakis undertook to arrange this meeting and those MPs and Regional Governors who are interested in the issue are invited to support this effort and participate in the meeting.
- Any Municipality wishing to participate in th emeeting, should immediately inform the Municipality of Poros and specify in view of the meeting its demands.

Given theseriousness of this issue, the treatment of which should not be affected by the objective inability of some people to attend the meeting in Poros, the Municipality of Poros invites any Municipality and MP who may be interested in following, supporting and reinforcing the above actions, to inform the Municipality of Poros within two weeks.

It is noted that in the Saronic Gulf, the establishment of 5 P.O.A.Y is imminent (Salamina-Diaporia, Megara, Korfos-Epidaurus, Methana, Poros), through which the area of fish farming will increaseby 32 times and its production will be released after 5 years. Thus, the already polluted sea of the country, which is also an escape for 4 million inhabitants of the capital, will be transformed into a single industrial fish farming zone that will be the 1st fish producing area in Greece (whereas today it was 7th). This increase will result in a daily discharge of fish effluent into the sea corresponding to a human population of over 1.7 million people and tons of formalin, chemicals, foodwaste, etc. In fact, the above numbers do not include the data of individual fish farms, such as those in Agistri and Trikeri in Hydra. The above maritime areas, along with similar sized land areas, will be managed by the multinational company that now controls the Greek fish farming sector. Additionally, in these areas, packing plants, warehouses, private roads, port facilities and many more are about to be built in forests, coastal areas and beaches as well as in private sites that will no longer have other permitted uses.

APPROVAL OF FUNDING FOR MUNICIPALITY OF POROS ON CREATING SHARED ELECTRIC BICYCLE STATIONS

On 16.5.2022, the competent department of the Ministry of Development & Investments approved a funding of 255,816 € for our Municipality for the development of micromobility action through the creation and operation of shared electric bicycle stations. Making use of such action, our Municipality intends to operate from 2023 three mixed stations for free use of both conventional and electric bicycles. These stations will be located in the New Western Port (already existing), and in the center, namely in the area of the Municipal Market (new) and in Solomonides Square in Punta (new).

The action is co-funding by the Cohesion Fund and by the Operational Programme "Transport Infrastructure, Environment and Sustainable Development" (Priority axis 14, call for proposal "Sustainable Urban Mobility, Micromobility, Integrated Urban Mobility Management") and will be implemented in cooperation with the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving.

On Wednesday 25.5.2022 the monthly visit of the Green Mobile Point THE GREEN CITY will take place at the New Western Port of Poros, opposite the ferry ticket offices from 09:00 to 16:30.

THE GREEN CITY program is conducted in cooperation with the Region of Attica, ESDNA (the Special Intergraded Association of the Prefecture of Attica) and Citipost company, while the citizens bring to the Green Mobile Point segregated recyclable materials, which are converted into points that are redeemed through large businesses collaborating with the program.

For further information about the program visit the website www.thegreencity.gr or call: 2109215000.

ON WEDNESDAY 25.5.2022 AT THE NEW WESTERN PORT OF POROS WE EXCHANGE RECYCLABLE MATERIALS WITH POINTS FOR PURCHASES FROM LARGE BUISNESSES

Tender notice for the formulation of the plot in front of Poros High School

The tender for the formulation of the privately owned municipal plot located in front of the entrance of Poros High School (building block 382) was announced on 11.5.2022. According to the architectural study of the project, the plot will be redeveloped and urban equipment will be placed, aiming to create a recreation and relaxation place for students and parents, but also to attract residents of the wider area. The study was prepared by the Technical Services of the Municipality in 2018 and approved by the Ministry of Culture on 8.2.2021, with a budget of 225,000€, of which 163,000€ comes from funding approved by the Green Fund on 21.4.2021 and 72,000€ from the Municipality's own resources.

COLLECTION OF ITEMS FOR UKRAINE REFUGEES

On Thursday 5 May the Municipality of Poros participates in the action of 50 Municipalities of Attica, the Region of Attica and “Oloi Mazi Boroume” ("Together We Can"-Skai) for the collection of items for Ukraine refugees.

We are collecting medicines, medical supplies, blankets, sleeping bags, personal hygiene products, baby food, milk, diapers, long-life food, kitchenware (such as plates, glasses, cutlery, pots, pans, microwaves, small ovens) and clothes.

The collection point is the Social Grocery of the Municipality (former KAPI building) from 10:00 to 18:00.

The Municipality of Poros has now its first Bicycle-Sharing Station, with 11 bicycles available to those who want to go from the "New West Port" to the center of Poros.

Using these bicycles, which have electronic gears, is free of charge for 3 hours, with a charge of 2€/hour for 3 additional hours of use and 5€/hour for use over 6 hours. It is noted that the bicycles must be returned within 24 hours of receipt, while their use outside the Settlement of Poros is not allowed.

System registration is a simple process by using a credit card (1€ charge) at the automatic machine located in the station. Upon the registration, the user receives a message with codes, which can be used to the System as many times as the user wants.

The Municipality of Poros has already taken steps to create two more stations (in Heroes Square and Pounta) where conventional and electric shared bicycles will be installed, so that their number will soon exceed the needs of residents and visitors.

The project was funded by the Fisheries OP (Leader) following a proposal submitted by the Municipality of Poros in November 2020.

EASTER OFFERS AND SPONSORSHIPS BY THE MUNICIPALITY OF POROS

As every year, during the Easter holidays, the Municipality of Poros, as well as the municipal Social Grocery, distributed food and essentials to our fellow citizens in need. In particular, following a unanimous decision of the Municipal Council, the Municipality granted, based on income criteria, food packages to 103 families of our fellow citizens, while the Social Grocery distributed packages to 146 beneficiaries of its program.

The cost of purchasing the items distributed by the Municipality was covered by the Municipality's budget, while all the items distributed by the Social Grocery were sponsorships collected from small and large sponsors. All the packages were enriched with items purchased at the private expense of the mayor and all other elected members of the Municipality who receive a remuneration, with additional sponsorships from businessmen of Poros, and with candles made by the staff of the social structures of the Municipality.

The sponsors of the actions, whom our Municipality thanks warmly, are the following:

• Skai – «Together we can» (Oloi Mazi Boroume)
• Super Market «Sklavenitis»
• Super Market ANEDIK KRITIKOS S.A.
• 1st Primary School of Poros
• Georgousis Group - Colona bakery
• Kanatsidis Nicholaos – Patisserie
• Karagiannis I. - Bakery
• Pharmacy Dimitris Roidis
• Kouneli Maria

The mayor, the members of the Municipal Council and the personnel of the Municipality of Poros wish everyone a Happy Easter!!!!

EASTER OFFERS AND SPONSORSHIPS BY THE MUNICIPALITY OF POROS

EASTER OFFERS AND SPONSORSHIPS BY THE MUNICIPALITY OF POROS

After two years when Easter celebrations were cancelled or held under strict health measures, this year we can celebrate together again and participate in our Church celebrations! The Municipality of Poros, in consultation with the priests of the Churches and with a view to ensuring maximum public participation under conditions of health safety and comfort, informs about the schedule of the Epitaphios processions of our Churches on Good Friday 22.4.2022, which is the following:

• Church of St. George: Exit from the church at 21:00, march through Mitropoleos Street to the Heroes Square (prayer at 21:15) and return to the Church via the coastal road to the building of high school and Chr. Meksis Street (before Demosthenous Street).

• Church of St. Constantine and Helen: Exit from the church at 21:00 and march through Chr. Meksi Street to the coastal road and then right to return to the Church via Roethlaouf Street (Sabani's house) and I. Michael Street.

• Church of Evangelismos: Exit from the church at 21:15 and march through the coastal road to the Heroes Square (prayer at 21:30), boarding the fishing boat "Chrysoula" and procession to Punta (the Epitaphios procession will move by sea and the citizens will follow by land or by boarding the boats) and then disembarking in Punta and returning to the Church.

• Church of St. Nicholas: Exit from the church at 21:00 and procession within the Camp of Poros Training Center (K.E. Poros).

It is noted that the traditional meeting of all the Epitaphios in Heroes Square will not take place in order to avoid extreme overcrowding.

The Municipality of Poros informs about the traffic and other regulations that will be in effect from Lazarus Saturday 16.4.2022 in the center of the island:

1. The pedestrianization of the center takes effect exactly as it was in force during the tourist seasons of 2020 and 2021. In particular:

Pedestrianization from taxi stand to Pounta with seating areas on the roadway.
Permitted transit hours for vehicles for access to the market: 06:30 – 14:00 and 17:00 – 19:00.
No stopping/parking for cars from the cinema to Solomonides Square (exception: the Parking of Municipal Market only during the permitted transit hours and for vehicles with a permit in designated spaces).
✔ Extra permitted parking zone for motorcycles: from Karra House to the taxi stand.
✔ Prohibition of transit for heavy vehicles on the entire coastal road (coaches, buses, trucks, vehicles over 1 axle and 16tones gross weight).
Store catering: a) Private vehicles: 06:30 to 14:00 & 17:00 to 19:00, b) Larger vehicles: 06:30 to 08:30 & 16:00 to 17:30.
✔ The validity of all special permits issued in 2021 is extended until the end of May 2022 (until new applications are submitted and examined).
✔ Prohibition of transit for vehicles from New Western Port to taxi stand from 20:00 to 01:00 on Good Friday and Holy Saturday and exceptionally in case of heavy traffic and good weather conditions.

2. New timetables of Municipal Transport:

✔ 10:00-15:00 and 19:00-24:00

3. Launch of the waste collection program directly from the stores in the center:

✔ Mixed waste: 05:30 and 17:00
✔ Recycling: 07:30 and 11:30

4. Launch of the Bicycle Sharing System (see details on poros.gr)

Residents, businesses and visitors are kindly requested to support the implementation of the measures, contributing to the effort of the Municipality to maintain the order on our island during this period when huge number of visitors is expected.

The Municipality also kindly requests the Police Station and the Port Authority, depending on their territorial jurisdiction, to ensure the policing of the above rules.

For any emergency, citizens can contact the emergency number of the Municipality 15303.

In a later announcement, the Municipality will provide information on the schedule of Epitaphios for Good Friday.

We wish everyone a Happy Easter!

On Thursday 14.4.2022 the monthly visit of the Green Mobile Point THE GREEN CITY will take place at the New Western Port of Poros, opposite the ferry ticket offices from 09:00 to 16:30.

THE GREEN CITY program is conducted in cooperation with the Region of Attica, ESDNA (the Special Intergraded Association of the Prefecture of Attica) and Citipost company, while the citizens bring to the Green Mobile Point segregated recyclable materials, which are converted into points that are redeemed through large businesses collaborating with the program.

For further information about the program visit the website www.thegreencity.gr or call: 2109215000.

ON THURSDAY 14.4.2022 AT THE NEW WESTERN PORT OF POROS WE EXCHANGE RECYCLABLE MATERIALS WITH POINTS FOR PURCHASES FROM LARGE BUISNESSES

COMPLETION OF VOLUNTARY BLOOD DONATION IN MARCH 2022

This year's first voluntary blood donation of our Municipality's blood bank was successfully held on 22 and 23 March. A total number of 102 blood donors came, 101 of which were approved to donate blood. This number was satisfactory given the current health situation, while the procedure complied with EKEA (Greek National Centre of Blood Donation) and EODY (NPHO- National Public Health Organization) health protection measures.

The Municipality of Poros thanks all the blood donors for their attendance, the Hippocratio Hospital and its staff for their constant cooperation, as well as the sponsors: "Cava Bitounis", "To alati tis gis" - Rania Kapeta and the Deputy Mayor Kaiti Roidi.

ON TUESDAY 29.3.2022 AT THE NEW WESTERN PORT OF POROS WE EXCHANGE RECYCLABLE MATERIALS WITH POINTS FOR PURCHASES FROM LARGE BUSINESSES

On Tuesday 29.3.2022 the third visit of the Green Mobile Point THE GREEN CITY will take place at the New Western Port of Poros, opposite the ferry ticket offices from 09:00 to 16:30.

THE GREEN CITY program is conducted in cooperation with the Region of Attica, ESDNA (the Special Intergraded Association of the Prefecture of Attica) and Citipost company, while the citizens bring to the Green Mobile Point segregated recyclable materials, which are converted into points that are redeemed through large businesses collaborating with the program.

For further information regarding the program visit the website www.thegreencity.gr or call: 2109215000.