Plan­ning Au­thor­ity gives green light to Nex­tBike

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ju­lian Bon­nici

Nex­tBike has been told by the Plan­ning Au­thor­ity that the com­pany will be able to in­stall bi­cy­cle rails with­out any per­mits by sim­ply no­ti­fy­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion, a spokesper­son for Nex­tBike told The Malta In­de­pen­dent.

The spokesper­son was re­spond­ing to ques­tions af­ter the PA had told The Malta In­de­pen­dent that the in­tro­duc­tion of LN 211 of 2016 meant that the com­pany re­quired to no­tify the or­gan­i­sa­tion be­fore in­stalling such struc­tures. A spokesper­son for Nex­tBike said that the PA had not in­formed the com­pany of the change in leg­is­la­tion.

Prior to this, these forms of de­vel­op­ments were per­mit­ted with­out no­ti­fi­ca­tion un­less lo­cated on ODZ, UCA or sched­uled prop­erty.

The bi­cy­cle rails that have been in­stalled in Sliema, St Ju­lian’s and San Ġwann have been given the nec­es­sary ap­proval from the lo­cal coun­cils of the area, the spokesper­son said.

Sliema Mayor An­thony Chir­cop did con­firm that the lo­cal coun­cil had given a “no ob­jec­tion or­der” for the in­stal­la­tion of the rails, one of which has been placed on a park­ing space on Rudolph Street.

The in­stal­la­tion of the bike rails has taken place be­fore the open­ing of a con­ces­sion to pro­vide bi­cy­cle shar­ing and e-bike shar­ing ser­vices which was an­nounced by Trans­port Min­is­ter Joe Mizzi on 21 Septem­ber, 2016.

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