Malta Independent - - LETTERS - Francesco Si­mon Mer­cieca

No, it’s not about foot­ball. Since June last year my wife and I, both pen­sion­ers in our late six­ties, have been through the har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing emo­tion­ally, phys­i­cally and men­tally dis­turbed.

Our neigh­bour’s two-storey house was de­mol­ished to make way for a four-storey apart­ment build­ing with semi-base­ment garages. As such we can­not do anything about it. But please drop the word progress and in­stead in­sert ‘in the name of Mam­mon.’

What ir­ri­tates us most is not only the lack of re­spect and tear­ing the build­ing reg­u­la­tions to shreds by the build­ing con­struc­tor, but the pomp and the sanc­ti­mo­nious dis­play and the skit the Build­ing Reg­u­la­tion Of­fice pub­lished on a two page leaflet.

I have in front of me this Build­ing Reg­u­la­tion leaflet. To me, be­ing a nonen­tity, this leaflet is not worth the pa­per it is writ­ten on let alone the boast­ful writ­ing in it.

Mr Reg­u­la­tor, do you ever send your in­spec­tors at 5.30 in the morn­ing on a build­ing site when it is stip­u­lated that work is to start at seven? You might pos­si­bly sug­gest that I should have re­ported it to the po­lice. In that case we do not need your in­spec­tors. Do you have that ex­tra money for your in­spec­tors to make sure that the law is not breached on a Sun­day or pub­lic hol­i­day?

We spent the whole sum­mer with closed win­dows be­cause of the emis­sion of ex­haust from the en­gines of the heavy ma­chin­ery parked in front of our door and kept run­ning for hours on end, not to men­tion the smoke and the dust. I could go on cit­ing more wrong­do­ings we have been con­fronted with but I think I have made my point.

One sug­ges­tion to in­clude when re­new­ing the pam­phlet is Re­spect. Not once through­out all that time did one of the many con­trac­tors in­volved on the site had the cour­tesy to ap­proach us with words of sym­pa­thy or sup­port. No: it is as if they have a divine right to tram­ple on one’s feel­ings in the name of the god Mam­mon. Does this form part of the slo­gan ‘the best in Europe’?

Lately, Mepa must be com­mended for em­ploy­ing ap­pro­pri­ate means to report any breach of build­ing reg­u­la­tions by sim­ply send­ing an SMS.

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