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No effective remedies for residents: Noise nuisance in Gozo

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    Press Conference: 1st September 2007 No effective remedies for residents: Noise nuisance in Gozo In a press conference held in Gozo, Alternattiva Demokratika
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2007
      Press Conference:

      1st September 2007

      No effective remedies for residents: Noise nuisance in Gozo

      In a press conference held in Gozo, Alternattiva Demokratika Chairperson, Dr. Harry Vassallo met Gozitan residents forced into a long series of legal actions and protracted correspondence with government entities in order to safeguard the basics of their quality of life.

      Dr. Vassallo remarked that this is a repeat of the case brought to the public�s attention a few weeks ago when AD highlighted the plight of a family in Paceville. AD is constantly called upon to intervene in very many cases in which ordinary citizens find they have no effective remedies available to them. "There is no reason why business operations and the rights of private citizens should not co-exist in harmony. Nobody should be above the rule of law and common sense is called for" Dr. Vassallo affirmed.

      During the late summer months, especially in Gozo, the continuous loud bangs of "bird-scaring gas cannons" shatter the peace and tranquility that were once the hallmarks of the Gozitan countryside. This noise pollution has been going on since early July and will carry on until early September. They fire from 6 am until after 8pm equating to between 2,000 and 6,000 gunshots for 14 hours every day including weekends. Other countries have regulations to control this kind of pollution: in Malta 2007 there is nothing.

      This is the fourth unbearably noisy summer in Gozo, even for those residents who live as far as two kilometers away from vineyards whose owners deploy propane gas guns instead of covering nets. It is surprising to note that when residents took legal action to safeguard their own peace and quiet, the judge in question ruled that these bangs could not be held to be breach of the peace.

      "We know of other Gozitans who have written to the Police Commissioner at least on three occasions since 2004 about this problem, copied to Ministers responsible for law and environment, but their pleas, in stark ironic contrast to their daily plight, have been met with silence."

      What are the authorities waiting for to regulate and control this unbearable noise pollution? More vineyards have been planted everywhere in Gozo. If gas guns are placed in every vineyard, instead of covering the vines with nets to protect them from sparrows, the problem will be more difficult to address, to the lasting detriment of all Gozitan residents and visitors alike. Someone occupying a civil service desk must have given permission to import these guns without taking in to consideration the consequences they would have on such a small, but highly-populated, country like ours.

      "What is needed is a radical change of politicians. Gozo needs to have its own AD representative in the parliament, a Green MP, sensitive to the needs of the nation, and one willing to lawfully operate in conjunction with the rights of ordinary citizens" Dr. Vassallo asserted.

      Ralph Cassar

      A/PRO Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party


      Konferenza Stampa:

      1 ta� Settembru 2007

      M�hemmx rimdedji effettivi ghar-residenti: Storbju kontinwu f�Ghawdex

      F�konferenza stampa f�Ghawdex ic-Chairperson ta� Alternattiva Demokratika Dr. Harry Vassallo iltaqa� ma� residenti Ghawdxin li minkejja li kkomunikaw diversi drabi ma� l-awtoritajiet dwar inkonvenjent li jaffettwa l-kwalita tal-hajja taghhom ma kellhom l-ebda risposta ghall-mistoqsijiet taghhom.

      Dr. Vassallo qal li din l-istorja hija repetizzjoni tal-kaz tal-familja f�Paceville li AD gabet ghall-attenzjoni tal-pubbliku ftit gimghat ilu. Bosta nies jikkuntattjaw lill-AD biex tintervjeni ghax ihossu li m�hemmx rimedji effettivi ghall-inkonvenjent li jkunu qed isofru specjalment meta jkun hemm interessi kummercjali fin-nofs. Dr Vassallo tenna "Huwa possibbli li n-negozju u l-kummerc u d-drittijiet bazici tac-cittadini jghixu flimkien minghajr ma jtellfu lil xulxin. Fejn jirbah is-sens komun u kulhadd jobdi l-ligijiet dan huwa possibbli�.

      Lejn l-ahhar tas-sajf, specjalment f�Ghawdex qed jintuza apparat speci ta� kanun li jaghmel hsejjes qawwija biex igerrex l-ghasafar mid-dwieli. Dan l-apparat jaghmerl hoss qawwi spiss bej is-6am u t-8pm, b�madwar 2,000 u 6,000 hoss tul 14-il siegha, kuljum inkluz fi tmiem il-gimgha. Il-paci u trankwillita tal-kampanja Ghawdxija b�hekk spiccat fix-xejn ghal sajf shih minn Lulju sa kmieni f�Settembru. AD qalet li hemm bzonn regolamenti biex din l-attivita tigi kkontrollatha; regolamenti dwar hsejjes kontinwi bhal ma� jezistu f�pajjizi ohra.

      AD qalet ukoll li hemm sistemi ohra biex l-bdiewa jipprotegu d-dwieli, bhal per ezempju xbieki apposta. Il-kanun tal-gass ilu jintuza ghal dawn l-ahhar 4 t�isjuf u meta xi residenti hadu azzjoni legali l-qorti qalet lid an il-hsejjes kontinwi quddiem l-ligi ma jitqiesux bhala inkonvenjent. Ghaldaqstant AD issejjah ghal regolamenti u ligijiet aktar cari u effettivi dwar inkonvenjenzi minn hsejjes kontinwi u ghal tul twil ta� hin.

      "Nafu li xi residenti kitbu lill-Kummissarju tal-Pulizija ghal ta� l-anqas 3 darbiet mill-2004 u anke lill-Ministri ta� l-Intern u ta� l-Ambjent, izda dawn qatt ma rcevew risposta.�

      "Bhal f�Malta Ghawdex ghandu bzonn membru parlamentari minn AD, dan ghaliex AD dejjem kienet u tibqa� aktar sensittiva fuq issues li jaffettwaw il-kwalita tal-hajja tan-nies komuni u dejjem tishaq li l-ligi qeghdha hemm ghal kulhadd l-istess minghajr l-ebda favuri u preferenzi " temm Dr. Vassallo.

      Ralph Cassar

      A/PRO Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party

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