Min­is­ter Vella ‘not happy’ with high-rise build­ings

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE -

For­eign Min­is­ter Ge­orge Vella said that he is un­com­fort­able with high-rise build­ings, say­ing that we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing “overde­vel­op­ment”.

In­ter­viewed by Pierre Portelli, The Malta In­de­pen­dent’s busi­ness and con­tent di­rec­tor, in this week’s edi­tion of INDEPTH, Dr Vella said he is not against de­vel­op­ment but he would like to see a bet­ter bal­ance be­tween ur­ban­ism and the safe­guard­ing of the en­vi­ron­ment.

Dr Vella, who was en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter in the Al­fred Sant gov­ern­ment be­tween 1996 and 1998, said that it hurts him even to look at a place like Tigne. “I look away,” he said.

It’s not right that we build 14, 15 storeys on ev­ery square me­tre of land we have, he said.

He ap­pealed for more mod­er­a­tion be­cause it is bet­ter to have less de­vel­op­ment and the safe­guard­ing of nat­u­ral places. It would be good for us from a health point of view and it would also be good for tourists.

In the in­ter­view, Dr Vella also spoke about the US elec­tion re­sult, Malta’s re­la­tions with Libya and the evo­lu­tion of the Labour Party from the time when it was led by Dom Mintoff to the present days, with Joseph Mus­cat as leader.

Watch INDEPTH pro­gramme on www.in­de­pen­dent.com.mt to­day

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