Email cam­paign de­mand­ing im­me­di­ate re­view of the fuel sta­tions pol­icy launched

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

Movi­ment Graf­fitti yesterday launched an email cam­paign urg­ing the author­i­ties to im­me­di­ately im­ple­ment a re­vised ver­sion of the Fuel Sta­tion Pol­icy, one that does not al­low fuel sta­tions on ODZ.

The 2015 Fuel Ser­vice Sta­tion Pol­icy re­mains in place un­re­formed, a full 10 months af­ter the promised re­view, Movi­ment Graf­fitti said.

“The email will be sent to Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat, Trans­port Min­is­ter Ian Borg, En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Jose Her­rera, Chair­per­son of the En­vi­ron­ment and De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning Com­mit­tee Alex Mus­cat, PA Board Chair­man Vincent Cas­sar and PA Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­per­son Jo­hann But­tigieg.

“The cur­rent Fuel Ser­vice Sta­tion Pol­icy al­lows the con­struc­tion of mas­sive so-called fuel sta­tions (read: shop­ping com­plexes) on nat­u­ral and agri­cul­tural land des­ig­nated as Out­side De­vel­op­ment Zones (ODZ). Even the author­i­ties have ad­mit­ted that the pol­icy is wrong and should be changed. How- ever, in­stead of im­me­di­ately tak­ing steps to re­form the pol­icy, the PA stalled the process. To date, no changes have been ef­fected.

“Four fuel sta­tions have al­ready been ap­proved in the past few months and there are 12 other ap­pli­ca­tions that are still be­ing pro­cessed. A to­tal size equal to six times the Flo­ri­ana gra­naries can be taken for fuel sta­tions on agri­cul­tural and nat­u­ral land. In the mean­time, new ap­pli­ca­tions for the de­vel­op­ment of fuel sta­tions con­tinue to be sub­mit­ted, in ad­di­tion to the many that are al­ready be­ing pro­cessed.

“It is sim­ply un­ac­cept­able to con­tinue with end­less dis­cus­sions and con­sul­ta­tion pro­cesses while our coun­try is be­ing ru­ined at such a fast pace. The author­i­ties should just do the right thing and im­ple­ment a re­vised Fuel Sta­tions Pol­icy now.” The email pe­ti­tion can be ac­cessed at: http://pa.movi­ment­graf­fitti.org/per­mit/6

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