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Friday, October 04, 2013

Why no final decision on Hondoq?

Published on the Times of Malta on 1st September 2013.

In June 2007, Mepa’s Natural Heritage Panel recommended the refusal of the Qala Creek Project consisting of a residential village and marina.
In May 2011, Mepa’s Environment Protection Directorate recommended the refusal of the Qala Creek Project.
In August 2011, Transport Malta recommended the refusal of the of the Qala Creek Project.
In February 2013, Joseph Muscat stated that he was against any yacht marina and hotel project at Hondoq.
In May 2013, Mepa’s Environment Tribunal rejected the appeal by the Qala Creek developers to have their modified plans considered (whereby a swimming lagoon was to replace the marina), unless it was submitted as a new application with a new EIA.
In July, Gozo Minister Anton Refalo said that proposals for a yacht marina at Hondoq would not be considered due to the environmental impact.
So, why is there still no final decision from Mepa refusing a permit for the Qala Creek Project?

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