“Closing the gate after the horse has bolted” – PD on Draft PA Policy

Partit Demokratiku

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Partit Demokratiku (PD) are asking what is the point of impose studies when in the end regulations get twisted to accommodate developments that inflict severe negative impacts on the community.

In a press release, the party mentioned how on Monday afternoon, the Parliamentary Committee of Environment and Sustainable Development will be discussing a Planning Authority Draft Policy on Social Impact Assessments, and how the same committee has been rendered nothing short of a rubber stamping exercise as the authorities are not listening to the community.

PD MP Godfrey Farrugia said that instead of imposing further studies, the authorities should start a change in culture. He also added that even though there were objections for the ITS/St George’s Bay project, the authorities served the political direction and went ahead.