New con­cepts show change in St Vin­cent de Paul devel­op­ment

Malta Independent - - News -

New pho­tomon­tages of St Vin­cent de Paul’s 500-bed devel­op­ment show a change in de­sign from what was pre­vi­ously en­vis­aged.

The im­ages show a height re­duc­tion to one smaller build­ing, and a height in­crease to the larger block.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was filed at the be­gin­ning of the year and the case is cur­rently await­ing the case of­fi­cer’s rec­om­men­da­tion. The to­tal site area is listed as be­ing 17,000 and 6,000 square me­tres, and the cur­rent main ex­ist­ing use of the site is ‘agri­cul­tural’.

The project it­self has been at the heart of a scan­dal. The Times of Malta had re­ported that a €274 mil­lion di­rect or­der was made re­gard­ing the still-to-be-built, 500-bed ex­ten­sion at St Vin­cent de Paul, and that Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary An­thony Agius De­celis had said that the list­ing as a di­rect or­der was a mis­take and that it should not have been printed un­der the di­rect or­der col­umn of the Govern­ment Gazette. He said it was not a di­rect or­der.

The sit­u­a­tion, how­ever, has con­tin­ued to spark con­tro­versy. Re­cently, Fam­ily Min­is­ter Michael Fal­zon did not give a copy of the con­tract to Par­lia­ment but agreed to al­low the Na­tional Au­dit Of­fice to in­ves­ti­gate, re­ports read.

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