Of build­ing sites and un­fin­ished de­vel­op­ments

Malta Independent - - LETTERS -

As some­one who is rea­son­ably well trav­elled in Europe, a re­cent first trip to Malta was in it­self an ad­ven­ture I was look­ing for­ward too. I was not dis­ap­pointed.

I had been pre-warned how­ever by a few that it was ‘a bit of a build­ing site’, but then so is much of Spain so no great de­ter­rent there.

I was based near Spinola Bay which I hes­i­tate to say has the po­ten­tial to be de­light­ful but cur­rently falls into the cat­e­gory of ‘could do bet­ter’.

It was with some in­ter­est there­fore that I read in the Mal­tese me­dia (on Sun­day last) of a pro­posed land recla­ma­tion project that would ex­tend the shore­line out in front of the nearby Hil­ton in Por­tomaso for the pur­pose of yet more de­vel­op­ment. It has the mak­ings of a folly in my view, and why bother?

From a pleas­ant bar on the Spinola wa­ter­front the sky­line is dom­i­nated by tower cranes that did not move. There are un­fin­ished de­vel­op­ments all around, con­trast­ing greatly with those that are oc­cu­pied and on the whole look very smart. Then there are the pos­si­bil­i­ties for sym­pa­thetic re­fur­bish­ment of Malta’s won­der­ful his­toric houses.

As a vis­i­tor who will re­turn, may I sug­gest one of the poli­cies your par­ties could adopt at the up­com­ing elec­tions should be “fin­ish off what we have started be­fore em­bark­ing on white ele­phant de­vel­op­ments”?

Tourism plays a big part in Malta’s fu­ture so to de­velop poli­cies that en­cour­age a bit of tidy­ing up and in­vest­ment in what you al­ready have may be no bad thing.

Mike War­ing (Free­lance jour­nal­ist) Stroud Glouces­ter­shire, UK

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