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Kópavogur and Reykjavík Disagree on Landfill

Reykjavík City authorities have expressed “great concern” over the controversial plans of the council of their neighboring town of Kópavogur to create a landfill by the cape of Kársnes all the way to the limits of the capital. Reykjavík City describes the proposition as “unacceptable.”

Thorbjörg Helga Vigfúsdóttir, head of Reykjavík City’s environmental and transportation committee, said that if Reykjavík would do the same, i.e., create a landfill alongside the border of Kópavogur without discussing the matter with them first, “then the city could fill almost the entire Fossvogur [inlet] leaving only a small puddle.” Fréttabladid reports.

Kópavogur Mayor Gunnar Birgisson told Fréttabladid yesterday in response to Reykjavík’s concerns that the urban planning authorities of the capital do not usually ask Kópavogur for permission for their operations and should therefore not express their opinions of Kópavogur’s operations.

Vigfúsdóttir disagrees, saying it is important that municipalities discuss urban planning. “The comprehensive look of the capital region would be in jeopardy if we would do something like Kópavogur [is planning]. There has to be absolute agreement on this,” Vigfúsdóttir said.

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