Defenders of the architectural heritage of Uzhgorod wrote a letter to the mayor (VIDEO)
The city community concerned with series of measures and decisions of local authorities, sent the Mayor Victor Pogorelov the letter with the reguest to proclaim 2013 as the year of the restoration of architectural heritage.
Previously, the activists have appealed with this initiative to the chief architect of the regional center Oleksandr Sheba, but without the support of the mayor such decisions can not be made. The letter refers to the urgent need to stop the destruction and distortion of the historical part of the city. Concerned citizens require to delineate the boundaries of the preservation zone in the central part of the city and set the rules for such zone.
"No matter how the residents of the city try to protect the architectural heritage, now matter how tourism professionals try to attract tourists with our history, without the cooperation of the local authorities these efforts will not give great results. We are once again trying to open mayor's and deputies' eyes to the obvious, but they are not always willing to put the interests of the city before their own. They grant permissions to install booths in the historic area, historic facades are ruined with cheap composite panels, the problem of cluttering the center with advertising is not being solved, no measures are taken to preserve stucco, carpentry, etc." - said the social activist Victoria Ryzhova.
One of the main tasks of the authors of the letter is to draw attention to the scale and rate of destruction of centuries-old heritage of Uzhgorod and to conduct educational work among the population.