Ramla l-Hamra controversy seems to be never-ending - http://www.di-ve.com/
by Paul Cachia, di-ve news (pcachia@di-ve.com)
GOZO, Malta (di-ve news)--June 16, 2007 -- 1545CEST--

The controversy triggered over the development at the Ramla l-Hamra seems to be never-ending as Alternattiva Demokratika is now at loggerheads with the Gozitan Curia over the construction of a cemetery in the area.

In a press statement, AD chairperson Harry Vassallo said that there is a determination to get rid of the picturesque area since there is no justification why of all places, a cemetery has to be built in the Ramla l-Hamra area.

He said that the Church in Gozo was never asked to present a project description statement, as demand by law, and not even an environment impact assessment was requested contrary to what happened for the Addolarata cemetery.

Dr. Vassallo said that a farmers' cooperative, who are close neighbours to this proposed cemetery are worried about this proposal that will cater for 2000 tombs which could contaminate the water in the vicinity.

"We cannot understand how no one consulted with these framers who cultivate 5000 orange and lemon trees. The persistence by developers to destroy the trees, flora and fauna in this area and the building of a big church that will be seen from kilometres away is a proof of this", he added.
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18 Jun 2007 by Saveramla.com