Marsas­cala lo­cal coun­cil asks for holis­tic plan for area given heavy de­vel­op­ment

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

The Marsas­cala Lo­cal Coun­cil has asked Trans­port Min­is­ter Ian Borg and Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Plan­ning Chris Agius to cre­ate a holis­tic plan for Marsas­cala to en­sure that de­vel­op­ment is sus­tain­able and that ev­ery­one’s in­ter­ests are safe­guarded, in­de­pen­dent lo­cal coun­cil­lor Char­lot Cas­sar told The Malta In­de­pen­dent.

He ex­plained that dur­ing the last lo­cal coun­cil meet­ing, he brought up the is­sue of the sheer amount of de­vel­op­ment as well as pro­pos­als planned for the area, in­clud­ing AUM, Jerma, the ex­ten­sion of a fuel sta­tion, and many oth­ers.

The dis­cus­sion saw park­ing is­sues high­lighted, as well as traf­fic con­ges­tion. The coun­cil came to an agree­ment to write to In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Ian Borg to draw up a holis­tic plan for the area, given that the in­fra­struc­ture within the lo­cal­ity is strug­gling to han­dle the cur­rent de­mand.

Cas­sar, speak­ing with this news­room, said that cur­rently there are many in­di­vid­ual project gain­ing pub­lic at­ten­tion, but said that no­body is look­ing at the col­lec­tive ef­fects of all the projects on the area as a whole.

Marsas­cala has been the home of many a con­tro­ver­sial project ap­pli­ca­tion, the largest of which were about the Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Malta cam­pus which will be sit­u­ated at Zon­qor point, and the po­ten­tial Jerma ho­tel de­vel­op­ment.

Just last July, the Marsas­cala Lo­cal Coun­cil had agreed on a num­ber of ob­jec­tions to the re­cently up­dated plans for the for­mer Jerma Palace Ho­tel site, where de­vel­op­ers have of­fi­cially pro­posed a ho­tel and res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment ris­ing up to 14 storeys.

The most re­cent ap­pli­ca­tion which sur­faced in the me­dia was for a nine storey home for the el­derly in Marsas­cala by Lay Lay Co. Ltd, of which Michael Ax­isa is a share­holder. The lo­cal coun­cil ob­ject to this de­vel­op­ment.

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