SOS Hondoq News

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Lucky they don't have Mepa

Published on The Times of Malta on Saturday 8th December, 2007 by Charles Sammut.

There was a decision taken by the local council of Aberdeen, Scotland, recently that should open eyes in Malta. The council voted to reject an application by the American billionaire Donald Trump to build a golf course resort in Aberdeenshire that also included a luxury hotel and about 1,500 condominiums. It probably was the first time that Mr Trump was turned down on anything because he usually always gets his way.

The project was going to inject two billion dollars in the local economy and create over six thousand jobs. But environmentalists had warned that the mammoth project would cause extensive damage to the wildlife and also disrupt a third of the area that is classified as of "special scientific interest".

But fortunately for the locals of Aberdeen they had their local council make the decision of what is best for them and not a body like Mepa.

Sometimes it makes me wonder whose interest Mepa is trying to protect when they don't turn down emphatically and without any hesitation projects at Ramla il-Hamra, Hondoq ir-Rummien and Ta' Cenc. I have come to the conclusion a long time ago that Malta would be much better served if the local councils decided what is in the best interest of their locale rather than a body of people that appear to be easily influenced by special interest groups.