The reform in the legal notice concerning damage to third party property carried out last year in the wake of several buildings adjacent to construction sites collapsing has failed, Partit Nazzjonalista said on Thursday.
The reform, which Minister Ian Borg had described would bring peace of mind was enacted following a moratorium on demolition and excavation works last summer.
Partit Nazzjonalista held a meeting with the Kamra tal-Periti on Thursday. The PN delegation consisted of Opposition Leader Adrian Delia, Deputy Leader David Agius, shadow minister for infrastructure Toni Bezzina, and Opposition spokesperson for sports Ryan Callus while the KTP delegation was composed of President Simone Vella Lenicker, Vice President Andrè Pizzuto, honorary secretary Amber Wismayer and Council member Lara Brincat.
The Opposition noted that Prime Minister Robert Abela appointed a new technical committee to reform the reform, saying that this was a clear sign of admitting that last year’s reform was a total failure. In its statement PN said that despite the urgency to appoint such a committee the government did not set a deadline by when such proposals should be drawn up.
Opposition Leader Adrian Delia noted that the government failed to strengthen the institutions which carry out enforcement. “It is unacceptable that people who live next to construction sites do not to feel safe at their homes,” Delia said.
“The government has to assume political responsibility,” Delia said, adding that the blame game cannot go on. The Nationalist leader said that the Opposition will continue to put forward its recommendations and proposals for the construction industry and would insist on legislative proposals and measures to strengthen enforcement.
KTP President Simone Vella Lenicker said that the whole industry was responsible for what had happened. She insisted that the industry needs to be reformed. KTP had already published a framework proposing a reform to the construction sector. The document was discussed with all relevant stakeholders. Vella Lenicker said that she expects the technical committee to take into consideration the proposals put forward by the KTP.