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But things as they stand to­day are worse than be­fore.”

Asked to say if she is against any form of high-rise build­ings, Vella said she is against this de­vel­op­ment in lo­cal con­text. “High rises are not com­pat­i­ble with the Mal­tese con­text and we can­not com­pare Malta to places like Singapore. We can­not be in favour of pro­jects where there is no in­fra­struc­ture to sus­tain it.”

She said that she has no trust in the au­thor­i­ties.

“To have a mas­ter plan which will cost the Mal­tese tax­payer €300,000 with­out car­ry­ing out con­sul­ta­tions be­fore is wrong. What kind of mas­ter plan is this? This is just a plan to favour cer­tain de­vel­op­ers.

“We are not against ev­ery de­vel­op­ment. We are against un­con­trolled de­vel­op­ment with­out the proper stud­ies.

“Sur­veys are show­ing that the pub­lic recog­nises that the en­vi­ron­ment prob­lems are grow­ing. Fifty-five per cent of the pop­u­la­tion be­lieve the en­vi­ron­ment is the most se­ri­ous is­sue at the mo­ment.”

Asked if she would be will­ing to join a po­lit­i­cal force, Mrs Vella said she would never do so.

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