Zminijietna objects to proposed development at Ta’ Cenc

Press Release: 09/11/07
Stqarrija Stampa: 09/11/07
(Verzjonijiet bl-Ingliz u bil-Malti)

 

 

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Zminijietna objects to proposed development at Ta’ Cenc

Zminijietna – Voice of Left has submitted its objections to the proposed development at Ta’ Cenc, citing environmental and social reasons why the proposed development should not be approved by MEPA.

Zminijietna – Voice of the Left said that the development violates Structure Plan Policy TOU 10 which limits any development to the "vicinity of the hotel". Besides, the entire Ta'Cenc area (and not just the coast) qualifies as a Natura 2000 site
Zminijietna – Voice of the Left said that there are no solid arguments regarding the economic benefits for Gozo in such a project.

The objection by Zminijietna – Voice of the Left is attached at the bottom of this press release.

Michael Briguglio
Public Relations Officer
Zminijietna - Voice of the Left

Chairman
Director General
The Director of Planning,

Malta Environment and Planning Authority,
St. Francis Ravelin,
Floriana

Re: Application No. 05277/96:
To develop Ta' Cenc area into Malta's first 'Heritage park' and 'Multi-ownership tourist hotel development'.

Dear Sir,

We the undersigned are writing to voice our strong objection to the  development described in No. 5277/96 which seeks to develop large tracts of virgin land at Ta' Cenc as a first heritage park and Multi-ownership tourist hotel development including approximately 33 bungalows and 37 villas.

This proposal which seeks to develop land would affect the whole  ecological area and should not be permitted for the following reasons:

  • The development violates Structure Plan Policy TOU 10 which limits any development to the "vicinity of the hotel".
  • The entire Ta'Cenc area (and not just the coast) qualifies as a Natura 2000 site
  • The development will cause irreversible harm to the flora and fauna that inhabit the Ta' Cenc garigue including unique species that may only be found in this area.
  • The development continues to reduce the precious little natural landscape that we as Maltese citizens should preserve for the future generation.
  • The development gives in to pressure from the mass tourism market that has already spoiled so much of the coastline in Malta, and increasingly so in Gozo.
  • The project will develop an area of ecological importance, all the way down to Mgarr ix-Xini.
  • The Area is classified by MEPA itself of high landscape value (MEPA Landscape Assessment Study of the Maltese Islands)
  • The Area is of scientific importance as categorised by MEPA.
  • The proposed area designated for the proposed development falls Outside Development Zone (ODZ) boundaries.
  • The development violates Structure Plan Policy TOU 10 which limits any development to the "vicinity of the hotel"
  • The Birds conservation area will be affected due to noise pollution and the dust generated during development.
  • The Area listed as Zone 7 was excluded from the Environmental Impact Assessment
  • The proposed project will not give right of access, but only to a limit number of visitors each day.
  • Malta's public will lose another stretch of open land of ecological and agricultural importance for private development purposes, 
  • If permit is given it will give rise for further development applications in that area, especially in zone 7.
  • Such developments simply create short term gains but result in long term loss of the very attractions that create a tourist destination in  the first place.
  • The proposed development can pave the way for golf course development which is unsustainable in a small island like Gozo. The long-term impact of such development is too risky.  

We demand that such area be included and viewed holistically. The Impact generated from Development will effect the whole area not parts of it. It is more than evident that there is large civil society opposition to this project and we therefore appeal to MEPA to protect the environment at Ta' Cenc.

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