Hundreds object to conversion of two Saqqajja villas into hotel

The objections, submitted to the Planning Authority today, come after a three-week ‘Save Saqqajja Rabat' campaign

An objection, containing 'hundreds' of signatures opposing the proposed conversion of two Saqqajja villas into a hotel, was submitted to the Planning Authority today
An objection, containing 'hundreds' of signatures opposing the proposed conversion of two Saqqajja villas into a hotel, was submitted to the Planning Authority today

Proposed plans to convert two historic villas in Saqqajja into a hotel have been met with several formal objections being sent to the Planning Authority.

The submission to the Authority, which was signed by hundreds, including Nationalist Party MEP Roberta Metsola, has to do with an application seeking to replace two idyllic villas in Vjal Santu Wistin and Triq is-Saqqajja in Rabat with a hotel.

It was filed today at the PA by Rabat local councillor Rudolph Grima and the town’s former Labour mayor Sandro Craus, and comes at the end of a three-week “Sava Saqqajja Rabar” campaign.

The campaign also led to the drawing up of an action plan for safeguarding the zone’s historical heritage, Craus said in a press statement.

He added that the setting up of a foundation, aimed at protecting historic sites and educating the public on the matter, was also on the cards.

Reforms parliamentary secretary is also objecting to the development, having yesterday said on Facebook that she had signed an online petition presented by Grafitti against the proposal.

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