June 27, 2022

Rubble, Rubbish and Ruination of

Natural Beauty in North Cyprus


Whinge, Whinge, Whinge!


Compiled by The Old groaner

Dear OG

Those of us who live here permanently have become used to seeing the sea, but never going near it due to the beaches The old groanerbeing strewn with rubbish; or being illegally ripped off by hoteliers and the like with ‘private’ beaches, which in fact are all Government owned and where the public have a constitutional right to visit – free!

We also adore the stunning views of the mountains and castles, but can’t go for a ramble in the foothills due to industrial rubbish and builders spoil illegally dumped wherever one goes.

In the towns and  villages there’s rubble of one sort or another everywhere; and litter?  Well OG, so many complaints and comments about this blight on this once beautiful country of North Cyprus have appeared in the Media, I won’t bother.

However, in recent months the ‘mother of all blatant irresponsibility and carelessness’ has appeared in Upper Kyrenia on Municipality owned land on the Zeytinlik Road.

A once beautiful spinney, a green oasis in a growing urban environment, has been ruined by … whom?  In a shaded spot where flat dwellers without a garden could sit and relax amongst the greenery, take a sip on a cold drink, listen to the songbirds and admire wildlife such as butterflies; we now have dozens of mounds of waste!

This ugly ‘moonscape’ has robbed the locals of a lovely and well-loved facility on a busy road in a town where Belediyesi Officials and Police travel everyday; can’t or won’t they see it?  Don’t they care about their voters and/or taxpayers who provide them with a living? What sort of moron would do this?  What is the Belediyesi thinking of by allowing it on their land?

There are more questions one could pose when anger has subsided.  In the meantime we wonder why we should in stay in this mostly lawless, grotty little country.

Yours W deB. Kyrenia. May 2015.

Dear W deB

Many would be of the opinion that if you don’t like it here, then bugger off!  Just like in the UK where immigrants want to change British culture to meet their own ideals are annoying the indigenous population who share the GO HOME message; when in Rome and all that stuff. 

But in another sense you have a case; in a modern civilised society we all have a right to be protected from all sorts of human failings such as you describe. Most countries have appropriate laws which are policed, prosecutions take place and offenders are penalised. Republic of Turkey and Kyrenia Municipality sign

But it’s very different here for all sorts of reasons and it won’t change for generations; if they started educating the children now about such things as the dangers of litter in an often tinder dry country,  protecting natural beauty for future generations, preserving wild life etc, you would see no change during your lifetime.

So perhaps, to avoid becoming upset or ill about such matters, you should b….r off!

Keep calm, have a beer and enjoy the sunshine.


Editors Note: We have visited this site and noted a sign there which says it is a joint Republic of Turkey and Kyrenia Municipality 3rd phase project for what would seem to be sewage works improvements and is a 90 day contract at a cost of 620.760TL + KDV.

Whether the materials that have been dumped on this beautiful spot are by the contractors or others we do not know but it is a very unpleasant sight and does nothing to enhance the impression of Kyrenia in the eyes of locals or visitors.

Republic of Turkey and Kyrenia Municipality sign

6 thoughts on “Rubble, Rubbish and Ruination of Natural Beauty in North Cyprus

  1. Because we so like NC we care enough to despair when we see this beautiful country be abused with rubbish, concrete skeletons of deteriorating houses, and the fact there’s no law when you sign a house contract to make the developer pay his own property tax. The only way we can get our deeds is by paying his tax as well as our own. How do they get away with it all, it’s easy they know there isn’t a bloody thing we can do about. If all the holiday home owners and tourists stopped coming to NC God help all the locals, we spend over £5000 there every year on repairs, renewals etc. why should anyone stop coming because they are telling the truth, the truth is plain for all and I don’t need to spell it out do I!

  2. For how long will people continue to refer to North Cyprus as “this beautiful country”? 30 years ago, when I first came here, it was a fair description but with each passing year, it becomes less appropriate and sadly, the rate of despoiling seems to be increasing. Many of those who came here because they liked the place have become so accustomed to the general rubbish that they can see nothing wrong with it and have joined the ‘if you don’t like it don’t stay here’ brigade. If that attitude prevails, the day will not be far off when the only ones left will be those who are either oblivious to the squalor or who even enjoy living in it.

  3. Your quite right but I still think it’s a beautiful country and because it is then this makes it even more frustrating that it is being spoilt. I think the government in particular the legal and planning departments have a lot to answer for. As for rubbish I’ve seen Turkish families sit 4 metres from a bin on our local beach and just leave the rubbish where they sat. The ex pats get together to pick up the rubbish on the local beaches so they are not accepting it one bit but only by working together will we see any improvements – yes it’s very frustrating but slowly albeit slowly, it is getting better.

  4. This was a sad story that now has a happy ending as all of the builders rubbish has been removed and given time this peaceful place will revert back to nature.

    Kyrenia builders rubbish is removed

  5. Wonderful – and now Esentepe beach is getting improved too, so things are happening, good positive things so to the gentleman who said buggar off, this shows there is no reason to accept this even if we are foreigners, these improvements will improve the life for locals as more and more tourists are coming to NC. So being complacent is NOT the answer

    1. No being complacent is not the answer as you rightly say julie and its only by individuals coming together and sharing their ideas and thoughts that will create an opportunity for change.

      Should we say congratulations to you now for joining the great world of wordpress??

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