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At the time of writing, over 5,500 objections have been submitted to the PA during the representation period for the proposed DB Group project on the ITS site, which closes on Friday. In a statement Moviment Graffiti said that many objections are still to be acknowledged by the PA. The live count and objection form itself may be found here.
The Local Councils of Pembroke, Swieqi and St. Julian’s, as well as several environmental and cultural NGOs, have also filed their objection.
In a statement the NGOs objecting this project said that the DB’s project has repeatedly broken records in terms of the number of objections it has attracted.
According to the NGOs, a total of over 14,000 objections were submitted by the public during the three representation periods connected to this application that took place over the past three years.
“This clearly shows that the people have not been fooled by DB’s aggressive PR campaign that has flooded every type of media with adverts of their monstrosity. It also shows that the people have seen through the lies of the DB Group about their project being changed significantly and about having “listened” to the people’s concerns” stated the NGOs.
It was also emphasised that the authorities should not continue ignoring ‘the wide and sustained opposition’ to this project. Reference was also made to the National Auditor who has recently found that the DB Group was given public land in a totally irregular manner, and that disgraced former Minister Konrad Mizzi had tried to actively mislead the investigation by the National Auditor. For this reason, they have called on the authorities to revoke the agreement with the DB Group and therefore return the land to the general public.
PN MP Karol Aquilina has also filed his objection stating on social media that the project backed by disgraced ex-Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi will have negative effects on the residents living in the vicinity of the proposed project.