Ramblers applaud MEPA refusal of Portomaso extension

Ramblers Association of Malta ‘pleased’ that Portomaso Extension application was rejected by the MEPA board.

The Ramblers Association has welcomed the refusal by the MEPA board of an extension project at Portomaso, but qualified its statement by saying it was "not so pleased" that the board was divided on the issue.

"The decision should been crystal clear. The original permit for the Portomaso buildings stated that no further development could be carried out in this area.  Apart from the other reasons militating against approval of this application, this condition alone should have been enough for this application to be thrown out, without MEPA wasting its time, and everyone else's, in considering and evaluating this spurious application," the Ramblers said.

"It is therefore surprising that half the MEPA board members actually voted in favour of this development.  It seems that the recent cultural change in favour of more sustainable development has not permeated to all the board members. Those who voted 'yes' are apparently still in favour of the maxim: 'If there is an open space, let's build it'."

The Ramblers also noted that Labour's representative on the board Roderick Galdes was one of those who voted in favour of the project. "This causes us to question the PL's current policy on the environment, as this looks more favourable to unrestrained development. Unfortunately, the PN representative was absent for this crucial vote, so we cannot know how he would have voted."

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Luke Camilleri
The PN representative was absent for this crucial vote- isn't Austin walker a PN Repesentative.... a very highly paid + PERKS PN / Gonzipn representative?
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A very big well done to the MEPA Board for their decision re the Portomaso extension. It is indeed mind boggling how 6 members on the board could vote for illegality. None of them have as yet given us a LOGICAL and VALID reason regarding why they voted in this way. The project itself was an excellent idea, and if the Portomaso developers had originally planned all of the site in this way I'm sure they would have made much more money and saved us the monstrosity that is Portomaso! However, this was not the issue, the issue was whether MEPA could break the law and grant an illegal pernit. An obvious no no to most of us but it seems not to 6 members of the board! We're still waiting to be told why. obo St Julians Residents Association.
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A very big well done to the MEPA Board for their decision re the Portomaso extension. It is indeed mind boggling how 6 members on the board could vote for illegality. None of them have as yet given us a LOGICAL and VALID reason regarding why they voted in this way. The project itself was an excellent idea, and if the Portomaso developers had originally planned all of the site in this way I'm sure they would have made much more money and saved us the monstrosity that is Portomaso! However, this was not the issue, the issue was whether MEPA could break the law and grant an illegal pernit. An obvious no no to most of us but it seems not to 6 members of the board! We're still waiting to be told why. obo St Julians Residents Association.
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Ramblers Malta are promoting the stand of a large section of all Maltese. They are confronting speculators, developers, contractors and some selfish hunters to protect and safeguard what remains of our countryside. Unfortunately RAM Malta is still being deprived of what the UK ramblers achieved 80 years ago! Government ministers just promise but hardly deliver. This is the main reason for the current mess of our countryside.