Irbid billboard fees unfair — mayor

Greater Irbid Municipality (GIM) Mayor Nabel Al-Kofahi. (Photo: Twitter)
AMMAN — Greater Irbid Municipality (GIM) Mayor Nabel Al-Kofahi said the city’s system of billboard fees is unfair, according toاضافة اعلان

Kofahi asserted during a meeting with investors and traders that the municipality continues to work with the relevant authorities to substantially modify the system that threatens the interests of both traders and the municipality.

There is also a visual distortion of the city’s aesthetic background, as there are some traders, enterprises, and shops that remove billboards, or cover them with black paint, he told the meeting.

Kofahi said the current system fails to distinguish between billboards of a traditional shop on a side street, with those in a bustling shopping district in more lavish areas. He called for a review of the entire billboard licensing fees due to its high cost.

The new building system in cities and villages, although many of its items have been amended, still needs other modifications that balance the specific activity with the interest of other parties, especially with regard to the processing of battered pieces of lands purchased for housing and commercial investment, Kofahi said.

He emphasized the new openness, inclusivity, transparency and social responsibility as well as citizens’ confidence in the municipal work is the basis for progress and development in all the services provided by the municipality.

On Saturday, Kofahi announced ambitious plans for setting up the Irbid Boulevard project, which envisions five to seven towers, saying it may be presented by the end of this year.

The project will be built on a 27-dunum area, and will likely include a large business center, similar to the King Hussein Business Park in Amman.

GIM believes the project will be a prominent architectural landmark that will bring together the largest number of businesses, especially related to technology, and will provide thousands of job opportunities and revenues.

Last week, Kofahi chaired a meeting of the Irbid Municipality’s Higher Council for Investment, which approved five major projects in different sectors in the governorate. The projects include a train, mall, hotel, solar farm,  and a central market for fruit and vegetables.

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