No amount of pro­pa­ganda can ab­solve PS from Paceville mas­ter plan con­flict of in­ter­est – PN

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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

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