Keratea to fight new landfill

Residents and officials in Keratea, eastern Attica, said yesterday that they will continue to oppose the construction of a landfill in their area and are planning to take the case to the European Court of Justice. The Council of State, Greece’s highest administrative court, gave the go-ahead on Wednesday for the construction of the landfill, which will be one of three dumps created so that Athens’s only refuse collection site in Ano Liosia can be shut down. «We will not accept having the landfill in Keratea,» said Mayor Stavros Iatrou. The schools in the area were kept shut yesterday as a sign of protest against the court’s decision. Work on the 20-million-euro project is expected to start in the next few days under tight police security as more protests by locals are expected. The municipal council met last night to decide on further action. Eastern Attica Prefect Leonidas Kouris has given his backing to the protesters and said he will support their efforts to appeal against the Council of State’s ruling.

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