“Widespread opposition to db Pembroke project must be respected”

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Residents of Pembroke, with the support of three Local Councils and ten organisations, welcome the statement by Prime Minister Robert Abela, that Government wants to strike a healthy balance between safeguarding the environment and the construction industry.

This statement was issued by Pembroke, St. Julian’s and Swieqi local councils, Archaeological Society of Malta, BirdLife Malta, Din l-Art Ħelwa, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Friends of the Earth Malta, Futur Ambjent Wieħed, Isles of the Left, Moviment Graffitti, Nature Trust Malta and Żminijietna, in reference to the db Group project in Pembroke.

The residents said that by what the government has stated the Government has chosen to improve the quality of life of residents and all those who frequent Pembroke and its environs.

The db group project on the site of the former ITS in Pembroke has attracted the greatest number of official objections ever recorded. 5000 people objected to the first application and 6000 people objected to the second proposal after the Courts revoked the permit to start building.

The Pembroke Local Council has repeatedly objected to the project and spoken on behalf of the community.

In their statement published on Friday, they said that fully agree with the Local Councils’ Association and its president, Mario Fava, that the project causes irreparable damage to quality of life in the area.

“It is useless having a project that claims it will generate economic activity if it wrecks the lives of so many people. This is certainly not an example of a project that seeks to strike a balance between protecting the natural environment and residential areas and facilitating the construction industry,” said the residents.

They also agree with the Local Councils’ Association that when this project is again discussed by the Planning Authority, apart from the Local Council of Pembroke, the St Julian’s and Swieqi Local Councils should also be on the Planning Board.

They stated that the Pembroke area has been experiencing traffic congestion for a number of years and the db group project and other ‘unsustainable megaprojects in the area’, will only make matters worse by exacerbating the congestion and causing more harmful air pollution.

They also agree with the plan to build a tunnel under St Andrews Road that was part of the TEN-T project.

On the other hand, they believe that “the project proposed by Infrastructure Malta requires substantial modification to serve more the residents, and less the Corinthia complex, db Group and the high-rises they aspire to build which, should they acquire the Authority’s approval, will multiply the environmental issues in their surrounding areas.”

The residents of Pembroke, with the support of three Local Councils and ten organisations

Are urging the Prime Minister to continue giving priority to the common good and quality of life, this also in view of the report published by the Auditor General about the sale of the public land in question.