MHRA fears Villa Rosa tower development will jeopardise St George’s Bay

MHRA on Camilleri development: ‘St George’s Bay must be protected and upgraded in line with Malta’s Golden Mile vision’

The proposed development at St George's Bay
The proposed development at St George's Bay

The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) has said plans by Anton Camilleri’s Garnet Investments for a residential tower block at the Villa Rosa estate will have a very high impact of shadowing on the iconic St George’s Bay beach throughout the year, leaving it much of the time of the day in the shadow. 

“This contradicts the government’s policy of protecting and upgrading our beaches to places where people can enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean natural landscape and experience,” the MHRA said.

St George’s Bay enjoys a Blue Flag status, which the MHRA said was a very important international quality certification that cannot be jeopardized. 

“MHRA recognizes the efforts and investment being made by entrepreneurs to upgrade the tourism product in the area, and therefore it is even more critical that St George’s Bay is protected and safeguarded. A beach which is left in the shadow is equivalent to having a house without any windows or doors.” 

MHRA said the government had to protect the bay and ensure that any development not only protects the current status of St George’s Bay, but remains one of the most important beach attractions across the Maltese islands. 

“MHRA believes that the bay has to complement the current and potential new high-end accommodation and entertainment projects present or set to be developed in the area. 

“MHRA further appeals to the relevant authorities that the “Golden Mile” vision of setting the Paceville coastal area as a high-end tourism experience should be the centre of all decisions taken that affect the area.”