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Townsquare development unsustainable - AD

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    PRESS RELEASE - STQARRIJA STAMPA (verzjonijiet bl-Ingliz u bil-Malti) Townsquare development unsustainable - AD Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party said
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 3 6:00 AM
      PRESS RELEASE - STQARRIJA STAMPA
      (verzjonijiet bl-Ingliz u bil-Malti)

      Townsquare development unsustainable - AD

      Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party said that the proposed changes to the Townsquare development in Sliema (PA1191/05, addendum to EPS) are not sufficient to protect the rights of residents and will further increase environmental problems such as pollution and traffic congestion in Sliema.

      Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson said:'We have objected to MEPA on the proposed development on the grounds of overdevelopment and the overstretching of services, negative impact on traffic and more air and noise pollution. This will be detrimental to people's health'.

      'Whilst we are not against the idea of Townsquare, the proposed development is far too extensive. Even though the 32-storey tower is now being reduced to 23 storeys, this is far higher than the 15 storeys that were originally indicated. Besides, another block will have an increased height from 4 to 7 storeys. Studies commissioned by the developers show that the development will result in further shading of parts of the Qui-si-sana promenade, the sea and the rocky foreshore, and will have a major impact on the landscape, which shall already be heavily impacted by the Fort Cambridge and MIDI development close-by'.

      Perit Carmel Cacopardo, AD spokesperson for Sustainable Development and Local Government, added:'Malta already has around 60,000 vacant built-up units, and this development points toward more unsustainable practices. In particular, traffic congestion is likely to increase, and will likely put Malta in infringement of EU directives on issues relative to the quality of air. Sliema residents can expect more pollution and traffic gridlocks resulting from MIDI, Fort Cambridge, Townsquare and other development which is being approved on a piecemeal basis, confirming that MEPA lacks holistic vision'.

      'MEPA and Transport Malta should inform the public where all this traffic shall pass from. Sliema Local Council's silence on this issue is not helping matters', added Cacopardo.

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      L-izvilupp ta' Towsquare mhux sostenibbli - AD


      Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party qalet li t-tibdil propost ghall-izvilupp ta' 'Townsquare' f'Tas-Sliema (PA1191/05, addendum ghall-EPS) m'huwiex sufficjenti sabiex jigu protetti d-drittijiet tar-residenti u ser iwassal ghall-iktar problemi ambjentali bhat-tniggiz u kongestjoni tat-traffiku f'Tas-Sliema.

      Michael Briguglio, ic-Chairperson ta' AD, qal:'Oggezzjonajna mal-MEPA dwar l-izvilupp propost fejn ghedna li dan ser jikkonsisti minn wisq zvilupp u pressjoni fuq is-servizzi, impatt negattiv fuq it-traffiku, u iktar tniggiz ta' l-arja u hsejjes. Dan ser jaffetwa b'mod negattiv is-sahha tan-nies'.

      'Filwaqt li m'ahniex kontra l-idea ta' Townsquare, l-izvilupp propost huwa wisq estensiv. Huwa veru li t-torri ta' 32 sular ser jigi mnaqqas ghal 23 sular, izda dan huwa ferm iktar gholi mill-15 il-sular li kienu indikati originarjament. Barra minn hekk, blokka ohra ser tghola minn 4 ghal 7 sulari. Studji kkummisjonati mill-izvilupputuri juru li l-izvilupp ser iwassal ghal iktar dellijiet fuq partijiet mill-promenade ta' Qui-si-sana u fuq partijiet mill-bahar u mill-blat u ser ikollu impatt negattiv fuq il-veduta, li diga' ser ikollha impatt negattiv mill-izvilupp ta' Fort Cambridge u l-MIDI fil-vicin'.

      Il-Perit Carmel Cacopardo, Kelliem ta' AD dwar l-izvilupp sostenibbli u l-gvern lokali, qal:'Malta diga' ghandha madwar 60,000 bini vojt, u dan l-izvilupp jindika iktar prattici insostenibbli. B'mod partikolari, il-kongestjoni tat-traffiku aktarx ser jizdied, u aktarx dan ser iwassal biex Malta tkun qed tikser direttivi ta' l-UE fuq kwisjonijiet relatati mal-kwalita' ta' l-arja. Ir-residenti ta' Tas-Sliema jistghu jistennew iktar tniggiz u traffiku minhabba l-izvilupp tal-MIDI, Fort Cambridge, Townsquare u zvilupp iehor li qed jigi approvat b'mod individwali minflok b'mod olisitku. Dan jikkonferma n-nuqqas ta' vizjoni olistika tal-MEPA'.

      'Il-MEPA u Transport Malta ghandhom jinfurmaw lill-pubbliku minn fejn ser jghaddi dan it-traffiku kollu, u s-silenzju tal-Kunsill Lokali ta' Tas-Sliema mhux qed jghin f'dan ir-rigwar', sahaq Cacopardo.
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