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Kópavogur residents criticize harbor enlargement

Inhabitants of the Reykjavík suburb Kópavogur criticized a planned harbor enlargement within town limits at a meeting yesterday, claiming their opinions had been ignored and demanded that the town council drops the plans.

The meeting was held to discuss the future organization of Kársnes, a spit of land within town limits, including enlarging Kópavogur harbor, company housing on a landfill and increasing inhabitants, Morgunbladid reports.

Arna Hardardóttir, leader of the civic association “Betri byggd á Kársnesi” (“Better inhabitation of Kársnes”), which organized the meeting, said no efforts had been made to query the residents and voters of the western part of Kópavogur on the matter.

Hardardóttir claimed the town council was trying to make it difficult for residents to submit their opinions of the planned harbor enlargement and that the plan had not been on the agenda before the town council had been voted.

Hardardóttir further stated research of the influence of the project was unsatisfactory and that the authorities were trying to surpass regulations on urban organization. The meeting ended with residents challenging the town council to drop the harbor enlargement plans.

Mayor of Kópavogur Gunnar I. Birgisson, who attended the meeting, said he was surprised how much criticism the harbor enlargement generated. He said he celebrated constructive criticism, but some of the issues raised were not supported by reasonable argumentation.

Birgisson said a proposal on urban planning had been submitted and that it would be reviewed with the concerns of Kópavogur residents in mind. The mayor said the harbor enlargement would not happen without their approval.

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