PA receives a staggering 177 applications for development in Sliema in a period of three weeks
The Planning Authority has received a staggering 177 applications for development in Sliema over a period of three weeks.
An analysis carried out by PN Local Councillor Paul Radmilli, shows that over the period from 7 October to 31 October, PA received 177 development applications regarding 72 different sites in an already cramped locality which is experiencing fierce over development. According to Mr Radmilli’s analysis, these applications will result in a shortfall of 184 parking spaces. (See article by Mr Radmilli on back page)
Not all of these applications have been so far approved. However, when speaking to The
Malta Independent, Paul Radmilli said he is almost sure that most of them will.
“What is concerning about this staggering number of applications, is that many express their concern over big projects such as Townsquare, but then tend to ignore these smaller developments.”
He said that this drastic increase will keep Sliema deteriorating with over development.
“This is the fifth decade in which we’re seeing uncontrolled development all over Sliema and neighbouring towns. This locality is already facing huge parking problems and has a hard time to deal with waste management. There are many who are quick to say that Sliema is shabby and dirty. But this is what over development brings about.”
Mr Radmilli expressed his concern over the fact that the developing permits are also being issued on buildings that were not built with the proper infrastructure.
The PN local councillor also mentions two particular cases where the CPPS regulations (Commuted Parking Payment Scheme) were ‘abusively ignored’ and where these regulations were waivered. He explains that in one case, the Case Officer from the PA waivers the regulations by quoting a policy which dates back to
2006, a policy which has been updated and superseded.
Meanwhile, environmental NGO, Flimkien Ghal Ambjent Ahjar will be organising a protest against over development in localities like Sliema. The protest which will be held today, ‘Sliema Under Siege’, will call on the authorities to put an end to ‘the rampant over development lack of planning, lack of consideration for residents’ health and well-being and the ruination of the architectural and historical heritage’ of Sliema.
This protest will be the second one in a matter of a few weeks with the latest one held in Naxxar when environmental NGOs and residents protested against the building of elderly people’s home on ODZ land.
Speaking to The Malta Independent, FAA President Astrid Vella said that this over development is not only effecting Sliema, but other localities like Swieqi and St Julian’s. ‘We are protesting against these cowboys who do what they want and don’t care about the authorities. What’s worse is that the police are doing nothing.’
The public is encouraged to attend the protest which is being supported by leading environmental NGOs with the support of the Local Council. The protest will be held at Dingli Circus in Sliema at 11am. Architect Edward Said will be addressing the protest to highlight issues related to the preservation of the local heritage.