Mayors object to plans for Hellenikon park

The four mayors of the Athens suburbs that will be affected by the government’s plans to turn the site of the old airport at Hellenikon into Europe’s largest metropolitan park have written to the Environment and Public Works Ministry to demand that it drops plans to sell part of the site. The ministry has said it will sell off 100 hectares to developers and use the money to create a «green fund» to finance the upkeep of the park. However, the mayors of Hellenikon, Argyroupolis, Alimos and Glyfada have written to Environment and Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias to say they are not willing to be «sacrificed for the sake of profit» and argued the money would not be used for the «green fund» but to plug holes in the budget for the project. The mayors asked Souflias to use money from the rental of other Olympic properties to fund the project.