Protest against Paceville master plan in St Ju­lian’s to­day

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE -

A num­ber of en­vi­ron­men­tal orig­i­na­tions will be hold­ing an­other protest against the Paceville master plan to­day.

The event will start at 10.30am near the LOVE mon­u­ment in Spinola Bay. Kamp Emerġenza Am­b­jent, Flimkien għal Am­b­jent Aħ­jar, Movi­ment Graf­fitti, Front Ħar­sien ODZ, Ram­blers As­so­ci­a­tion, Youth for the En­vi­ron­ment, Na­ture Trust, Żmini­jietna – Voice of the Left and Friends of the Earth Malta will be tak­ing part.

“A gath­er­ing will be held to ex­press our alarm at this Paceville Master plan which en­vis­ages the dis­place­ment of residents, is in breach of the Public Do­main Act and does not con­sider the im­pact on sur­round­ing lo­cal­i­ties. It also pro­poses land recla­ma­tion that will take up an ODZ area (the seabed) and threaten a Na­ture 2000 des­ig­nated site as well as neg­a­tively im­pact the sur­round­ing beaches, seabed and sea wa­ter,” the or­gan­is­ers said in a state­ment.

“Whilst the idea of a Mas­ter­plan is wel­come, the process of draw­ing the Paceville Master plan was fun­da­men­tally flawed since only the de­vel­op­ers’ pro­pos­als were taken into ac­count. Com­mu­ni­ties in the area were com­pletely ig­nored not­with­stand­ing the mas­sive im­pact it will have on them and the en­vi­ron­ment. Thus, this Master plan should be scrapped and the re­lated process halted im­me­di­ately.

“A new Master plan should be drawn up, tak­ing into ac­count the needs of residents and the en­vi­ron­ment, and be­ing in line with Mal­tese law. A Master plan should also be on a na­tional level so that it truly re­flects the over­all needs of our coun­try.”

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