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Re: Please sign to save Avlaki and Korission...
« Reply #45 on: November 12, 2019, 11:17:43 AM »
An update -

Corfu Owners Association sends letter to Prime Minister protesting against Erimitis investment

CORFU. Members of Corfu Owners Association (mainly British) have sent a letter to Mr. Mitsotakis asking him to stop the NCH Capital investment in Erimitis.

Corfu property owners (mainly British) have written a letter to express their opposition to the NCH Capital investment in Erimitis.

Corfu Owners Association was set up last year and numbers approximately 200 members, who have invested a total of over 100 million Euros. The Association published its letter regarding the investment in Erimitis which, it states, "..will desecrate a wonderful area, damage the local economy and harm the long-term prosperity on Northeast Corfu".

The letter, signed by Association Chairman Johnny Cameron, was sent to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

"Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

I am writing to you as Chairman of Corfu Owners Association with regard to the proposed investment of NCH Capital in Erimitis, North Corfu.

The association was set up last year to represent individuals who have a second home in Corfu. Today there are approximately 200 members, who have invested over 100 million Euros in Corfu. Given that they invite friends and rent out their properties, they bring thousands of visitors who spend a large amount of money every year, many of whom have a great deal of influence in the UK and elsewhere.

Every year the owners and their guests give a lot of money to the local economy spending on construction and restoration work as well as at tavernas, restaurants and shops.

As can be seen on our website ( our aims are:

- To protect the ecology and environment of Corfu.
- To maintain close relations with the Authorities and local representatives.
- To keep members informed regarding any issues that might affect them.
- To lobby for change where appropriate.
- To assist and, if appropriate, support financially, any relevant local initiatives, particularly regarding waste management and recycling.

The vast majority of our members have homes in Northeast Corfu, near to Kassiopi and Agios Stefanos. Consequently, they and their friends and guests are greatly concerned about NCH Capital's possible investment in Erimitis.

As you know, Erimitis belongs to the Greek State and there are no houses in this beautiful, large peninsula. It is thus a wonderful oasis of green woodland on the Corfu coast which is elsewhere full of houses and villages.

Erimitis as it is today is one of the main attractions in North Corfu and draws a significant number of tourists.

The previous Government sold it as an investment for a hotel, villas and apartments and gave planning permission for a densely built-up area without previously carrying out a proper study or getting the views of the local residents.

The proposed investment is clearly detrimental to the current environment. The majority of local Corfiots are vehemently opposed as they know that for the whole of Corfu, and especially this part of the island, the best strategy for long-term economic prosperity is to upgrade the quality of tourism - NOT to increase the numbers of tourists.

The Association's members have contributed and continue to contribute a lot to the local economy. The NCH investment will not do this - builders, for example, will not be locals and visitors will spend most of their time at the resort property.

The specific design of the hotel with its villas and apartments will have a completely different character and will destroy the value of the area for its neighbours.

There will be unbearable pressure on local services such as waste management, roads and water supply - which already have problems.

The construction phase alone, which will have a long duration, will create disruption, noise and damage. Access to the area is only possible via narrow local roads.

You will be aware of the increase in global concern about the environment and the 'climate crisis'. The development of a hotel, as proposed, in this virgin, historical ecosystem with its impact on fauna, the sea and the natural forest will be an outrage for all those who care about the environment. It is only natural to expect widespread disappointment from friends of Greece around the world.

Mr. Prime Minister,

Our members love Corfu and love Greece.

This proposed investment will desecrate a wonderful area, damage the local economy and harm the long-term prosperity on Northeast Corfu

We hope that your Government will overturn the decision of your predecessors and prevent any other similar investment.

It is an opportunity to amend the planning permission to allow only a much smaller, higher quality investment which will be friendly to the environment and the local area. If this is done properly, and there is an investment that is truly friendly to the envornment and of a high level of quality then you will create international respect and prestige for Greece.

I hope that you can take advantage of this opportunity."

Yours Sincerely

Johnny Cameron

Chairman, Corfu Owners Association

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Re: Please sign to save Avlaki and Korission...
« Reply #46 on: January 23, 2020, 10:24:13 AM »
Interesting read.

NCH ​​Capital's head Andreas Santis hosted a special issue for Greece and the Greek economy at the international news magazine Newsweek, talking about investing in Kassiopi, northern Corfu, a landmark investment in Greece and a landmark for Kerkyra. according to the Newsweek headline.

In particular, Mr Santis spoke of the investment, stressing that "the project in Kassiopi, on the north side of Corfu, will only develop 7% of the land, promoting nature to people living in busy cities and at high rates. The project includes a hotel with 90 rooms and 76 hotel residences, while there is also a residential part that is expected to reach 40 residences. It is an innovative development, environmentally friendly with great respect for the natural beauty of the area. The design was created by Greek architects who specialize in bio-climate designs and building construction. " Speaking about the development of the project and the current attitude, he said:

"It is true that we have encountered a number of difficulties, not least because it is the first project of its kind to be subject to the privatization plan initiated by the Greek state. Of course, despite the bureaucratic processes that unfortunately dominate Greece , we must stress that the current government and especially the Minister of Development, Adonis Georgiades , has helped us a lot to make progress. We hope that all the necessary ingredients are in place to get the project started within the next 6-7 months. "

Elsewhere in the interview, Mr. Santis stressed that "environmental responsibility and sustainability are the key principles governing this project, from energy consumption to the sewer system and from the use of less cement to the creation of even more green spaces. As planned, the project takes full advantage of the sun, water and air. We try to use what nature has given us with respect. As the project develops, the natural beauty of the place will be highlighted, offering a unique and relaxing landscape that everyone can enjoy. "

Lastly, he was asked by Newsweek about the opportunities for land development in Greece : “ Greece is one of the most beautiful parts of the planet, thanks to its culture, history, nature, climate and many other factors. I think with the current political conditions we are seeing a rapidly growing real estate market. Bureaucracy is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, especially some unnecessary procedures that must either be removed or corrected. "

The Newsweek report also makes special mention of NCH Capital 's Kassiopi project aiming to attract higher income tourists, while seeking to create more than 1,000 jobs during growth and more than 500 permanent jobs after its completion.

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Re: Please sign to save Avlaki and Korission...
« Reply #47 on: February 04, 2020, 05:08:24 PM »
Development Minister declares that Government will take legislative measures for Erimitis.

CORFU. Reaction from Minister for Development & Investment Adonis Giorgiades to last night΄s decision by the North Corfu Municipal Council to postpone the discussion on the elevation survey for the Erimitis investment.

Mr. Giorgiades, who was abroad, spoke by phone to Aris Portosaltes from SKAI about the North Corfu Municipal Council meeting: "Greece is doing very well internationally, but, to be honest, this is not enough. For example, I learnt that last night the Mayor of North Corfu postponed the vote to begin the major project in Kassiopi with excuses just because he himself is opposed to the investment. They have violated both the law and the deadline, they have received full assurances from the Government and along comes a Mayor and says, 'I don't want to do it'.

Mr. Giorgiades said that the matter will be resolved one way or the other. He said that the Government will take legislative measures so that the investment can go ahead.

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Re: Please sign to save Avlaki and Korission...
« Reply #48 on: February 10, 2020, 01:45:24 PM »
A draft bill covering Greece’s much anticipated waterway projects approved this week has also paved the way for a long delayed, multi-million-euro tourism project to go up in the Kassiopi region of Corfu, clearing away all objections raised by local government.

The new law transfers jurisdiction and right of approval for licensing to the infrastructure ministry.

The Kassiopi project, to be implemented by investor NCH Capital, was scheduled to begin in 2019 after six years of bureaucratic and judicial hurdles.

NCH Capital was awarded the rights of the Kassiopi plot for a period of 99 years in 2012 after the Greek assets body announced a tender. The luxury tourism project is set to create 1,000 new jobs during construction and 500 per year once completed.

More specifically, the amendment included in the waterway law foresees that all relevant responsibility for investments related to the public assets body – the HRADF (Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund) – and to the government’s privatization program will now be handed over to Infrastructure minister.

The aim, according to lawmakers, is to facilitate and “expedite administrative procedures for the authorization of complex projects, which are major and flagship investments for the country”.

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Re: Please sign to save Avlaki and Korission...
« Reply #49 on: February 14, 2020, 03:03:20 PM »
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