Illegal concrete road being built on the edge of Sanap Cliffs in Munxar next to Ta Cenc Cliffs destroying fauna and flora, fossilized rocks and natural habitat. Is there any punishment for this environmental rape and crime for the sake of votes? Is this the way forward for up market tourism and employment in Gozo? Who is going to pay for this mess now that a Stop Enforcement Notice is going to be issued?
By:AD Gozo At:Sat 20/01/2007 05:30 (SANAP-2007-01-20) more photos and news on www.adgozo.com
In a few weeks time there is going to be a council election in Munxar. MEPA is to find out who ordered this illegal road on the edge of the protected cliffs over looking Ta’ Cenc and Stop Enforcement Notice is to be issued on Monday. Members on the Munxar local council informed Alternattiva that no reference to these illegalities was ever mentioned during council meetings. However the PN Munxar Mayor was seen on site during the time where these illegalities were taking place on Saturday at 15:30
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By:AD Gozo On:Mon 22/01/2007 13:00 www.adgozo.com
Speaking at a press conference on site at the Sanap Cliffs in Munxar, Gozo, Alternattiva Demokratika Chairperson Dr Harry Vassallo said that “The destruction of a pristine countryside area in order to please a small minority and garner a few votes in view of the local council elections due in March, is a copycat action in which some local politicians emulate their role models on the national level.”
“The concreting over of a country road including footpaths and ramps on private land in the Sanap Cliffs area was not authorised by MEPA and does not have the authorisation of the Munxar local council. Although the Munxar mayor was seen on site during these works which were stopped by the Mepa enforcement section it is not clear who ordered these works, why they were ordered nor who will be paying for them and for the rehabilitation of the site”.Dr Vassallo said. “Since this appears to be a completely private initiative, the Mayor of Munxar should not expect the council to pay for an illegal action out of public funds, nor should Munxar local council funds be used to pay for any fines or for the rehabilitation of the site. Dr Vassallo added.
“If such pre-election excesses were allowed to go unnoticed, every election would produce a crop of environmental outrages such as this and very rapidly what remains untouched in the countryside would have also been ruined. Dr Vassallo said.”If it transpires that these works were ordered by the Mayor of Munxar, his contesting the election in the interests of the Nationalist Party would be a an act of defiance of that part of the electorate which is in favour of preserving the countryside for the enjoyment of future generations.” Dr Vassallo added.
Michael Bajada Alternattiva Demokratika representative in Munxar said that council monet would be far better spent on streets in the village such as Luvier Street which still awaits attention.
“It cannot be argued in any way that the concrete road laid down at the Sanap Cliffs serves local farmers.There is no farming activity in the area served by the works in question” Dr Vassallo said “By this illegal action the mayor has granted access to the area to vehicles used in dumping waste of all kinds illegally. Other areas in Malta and Gozo have already suffered a similar fate but this did not seem to occur to the mayor of Munxar. Instead of increasing public access to the area for Munxar residents, one of their favorite country walks may be lost if the area becomes a dumping ground like many others.' Dr Vassallo added.
“It is high time that Mepa laid down strict rules governing the paving and laying down of country roads. Time and again valley floors have been covered in concrete and country tracks once efficiently paved with sand have been similarly laid in concrete often on the orders of local or national government especially at election time.” Dr Vassallo said. “The insensitive dumping of concrete all over the countryside is not an improvement and will become a serious liability once the agro-tourism and eco-tourism potential of these areas is realised.” Dr Vassallo said.
Enforcement Number: ECF00039/07
Location of infringement: is-Sanap, limiti tal-Munxar Ghawdex
Breach: levelling of passages, widening and surfacing with concrete
WHO IS GOING TO PAY NOW? MR. SULTANA (The PN Mayor) or YOU and I by means of OUR taxes?
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I have a feeling the law enforcment in Gozo is much worse than in Malta. For example you seldom see a warden or police car. (except Arcadia complex )
I wonder what excuse Munxar will come up with. And for what purpose this concrete lane was made? Where does it lead to? Any private houses/farms in the way? If Munxar local council knew and permitted this, they should resign.
I will forward this link to MEPA personally too! Unfortunately, this is not an illegal building which can be laid back down. The enormous harm has been already done and cannot be reversed.
You are really doing a very good job AD for protecting Nature. You got my full sympathy. Hope the other members note this too.
And the Prim Minister of the 'republic' of Malta, spent a day in Gozo yesterday (the closing date for nominations for candidates for the local council election) and approved of the PN Mayor and his contractor who did all the cement freeways on the cliff edge to contest under the PN umbrella.
Can you believe this? Do we have one or two political parties in parliament?
We are proud to have Michael Bajada to stand with the AD - The Green Party for the local election on Munxar/Xlendi and fight towards protecting our national patrimony. Good luck to Michael.
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Well you can ask MEPA what the fine is !! More than that this illegality was defended by our Prime Minister unless I am mistaken and the shocking truth is that a good number of Munxar residents believe there is nothing wrong with this anzi it is an " improvement " - this is borne out by the local council result in Munxar where both the Mayor who ordered the work and the contractor who carried it out have both been elected to the council.
Malta's green future ( and I dont mean green in the political sense ) is indeed bleak and the future belongs solely to IL-GAHAN MALTI.
We are slowly and surely killing off any natural beauty that is left and we do it with impunity
We must mention that the greens increased from 1.6% to 2.4% (circa), and so that is a rise of 60%, though in real numbers it may not be much. Still an improvemnet and I give congratulations
Regards future, I agree that it is not very bright, but still space for hope. If our biodiversity is destroyed, the very few of the citizens who cared and loved this heritage would have a memory in their digital photos
It's difficult to change a mentality so easy, and hope the new generation will apprecaite nature more ( ?). If just the church quote some phrases about the importance of nature from the bible it would be already a huge lecture to the GAHAN MALTI u GHAWDXI
The way things are going the MWP site is soon going to be a historical document about the plants that used to grow on our islands ... sounds very pessimistic, I know, but the way things are going it is difficult to be optimistic