Update: db Group project: record number of objections – various NGOs and local councils; number within norm – db

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Moviment Graffitti and other entities said that there is a record number of objections for the excavation works at the former ITS site in Pembroke which has been taken over by db Group. In reaction, db Group said that the number of objections mentioned was comparable to objections for similar projects.

This was stated  in a press release that was co-signed by 10 NGOs, and the Swieqi, Pembroke and St.Julian’s local councils.

The NGO explained that over 6,000 objections to the excavation works were submitted to the Planning Authority (PA). These are to be added to the previous 4,500 objections that were already submitted against the City Centre Project also being developed by db Group.

Back in July, various entities including Moviment Graffitti, local councils and individuals amongst others, have deplores the new application submitted by db Group. Moviment Graffitti described it as “a clear attempt to evade a holistic evaluation of the full impact of the development.” This as the application is separate from the one already submitted by db Group in 2017.

In the same press release, the NGO explained that the latter application for large scale excavation had been processed within a week, with no indication of what is to become of the excavation waste.

They are also stating that the proposed excavation plan of the site also extends below the Grade 2 Scheduled building and the Cold War bunker, whilst still stating that these buildings would be ‘retained’.

Moviment Graffitti and the other signatories also state that the excavation works may also endanger the Ħarq Ħamiem cave and its surroundings, which is an area of natural, geological and scientific importance.

The co-signatories to the press release were the Pembroke Local Council, Swieqi Local Council, St.Julian’s Local Council, Archaeological Society of Malta, Bicycle Advocacy Group, BirdLife Malta, Din l-Art Ħelwa, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Friends of the Earth Malta, Isles of the Left, Moviment Graffitti, Nature Trust Malta and Ramblers Association.

“An outright lie” – db Group

Db Group issued a press release in reaction to the statement on the number of objections to their project made by Moviment Graffitti and others.

The development group is saying that the figure of 10,500 objections is “an outright lie” and that this is confirmed by the public information available on the Planning Authority’s website.

They are also stating that a number of the objections were submitted by the same individuals using different email addresses.

Db Group is also explaining that it has “rigorously followed all the applicable laws and procedures of every institution involved.”

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