Another environmental disaster for Gozo – AD - http://www.independent.com.mt/
Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party yesterday expressed its utmost disapproval at the decision taken by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority board granting permission to the Ramla l-Hamra development.

AD chairperson Harry Vassallo said that the scandalous decision taken by the Mepa board will continue to undermine Mepa’s credibility as the environmental regulator.

“This continues to prove that Mepa is weak with the strong and strong with the weak,” added Dr Vassallo.

Dr Vassallo added that it is unacceptable that an EU member state approves of a development of this kind on such a site, without even conducting the required environmental impact assessment.

“What is even more shameful is that the EIA was waived because the developer’s architect decided to change the description of the project from residential dwellings to tourist complex at the eleventh hour, during a DCC meeting, and resubmitting the project description statement and the application,” said Dr Vassallo.

“These are antics you would expect from a banana republic and not from a modern, European, democratic state. We shall be flagging this issue with the Commission, just as we did with the proposed amendments to the development zones,” he added.

AD general secretary and spokesperson for Gozo, Victor Galea said that it is ironic that while Rural Affairs and Environment Minister George Pullicino “pontificates about putting the environment on top of the country’s agenda, and celebrating environmental week by cheap propaganda, it did not dawn upon him that the rape of Ramla l-Hamra’s geomorphologic features, archaeological remains and habitats which support particular fauna and flora, is being given the green light.”
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10 Jun 2007 by Saveramla.com