Local Councils, NGOs, residents urge public to file objections on excavation application on former ITS site

Ten non-governmental organisations, three local councils and Pembroke residents have urged the public to object to a new proposed excavation of the former ITS site by db Group.

The permit for the controversial db Group City Centre Project in Pembroke was revoked by the Court of Appeal, after it found that one of the sitting board members of the Planning Authority board had a conflict of interest in the project in June.

READ: Court cites ‘conflict of interest’ and revokes DB Group permit

In a joint statement the Local Councils and the NGOs said that while this application (PA/05533/19) is separate to the one already submitted by db Group two years ago, it concerns the same project.

“This project, which has already been rejected by public opinion, will have very negative permanent effects on all aspects of the quality of life of residents,” the statement reads.

Further the coalition of local councils, NGOs and residents said that “the application for standalone excavation is a clear case of an attempt to avoid having a study on the whol project and its related impacts.”

The application for large scale excavation has been processed within a week. The proposed excavation of the site also extends below the Grade 2 Schedule building and the Cold War bunker.

The local councils are Pembroke, St Julian’s and Swieqi, while the non-governmental organisations are 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.

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