No amount of propaganda can absolve PS from Paceville master plan conflict of interest – PN
The Nationalist Party yesterday insisted that Parliamentary Secretary for Lands Deborah Schembri must shoulder responsibility after it emerged that the firm that was contracted to draw up the Paceville master plan had a conflict of interest.
It emerged last week that the firm, Mott MacDonald, had been involved in studies related to one of the major Paceville projects – Mercury House – and that the Planning Authority had been informed about the matter but had not seen a conflict of interest.
The PN said in a statement yesterday afternoon that Dr Schembri had appeared on a TVM programme in an attempt to shirk her responsibility, but the PN said that no amount of propaganda could absolve her after the “colossal” conflict of interest was revealed.
The PN asked whether the master plan would be retracted or whether only cosmetic changes would be made. It also asked whether Dr Schembri saw inconsistencies in what was said and done by Planning Authority CEO Johann Buttigieg.
“Who will shoulder the political responsibility for this latest scandal coming from Joseph Muscat’s government?” the PN asked.
It is clear, the PN said, that this responsibility had to be shouldered by Dr Schembri.
The Mercury House project proposed for Paceville