NGOs file judicial protest against Lands Authority over db Group development

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A number of NGOs have filed a judicial protest against the Lands Authority, calling it to enforce the conditions of the agreement signed between the government and the db Group for the use of the former ITS site in Pembroke.

The contract was signed in February 2017 and will see the former site developed in a 6-star hotel and a residential complex. In the judicial protest which was sent to the media, the NGOs said that according to the contract signed, the Group had to carry out restoration works on the barrack. The NGOs claimed that despite clear contractual obligations the building is going to be demolished and such act would be clearly in breach of the contract signed since it would give rise to loss of cultural heritage.

The NGOs through their judicial protest thus called on the Lands Authority to enforce the contractual obligations imposed on the db Group.

The judicial protest was co-signed by Din l-Art Ħelwa, Ramblers’ Association of Malta, BirdLife Malta, Friends of the Earth Malta, Moviment Graffitti, Flimkien għall-Ambjent Aħjar and Bicycle Advocacy Group.

Former AD chairman and independent MEP hopeful Arnold Cassola said that the db Group’s arrogance has no limits and referred to financing by the developers to the two major political parties, Partit Laburista and Partit Nazzjonalista.

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