“Mayor should be clearly against development at Hondoq”
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Readers Letter – “One of the biggest issues overhanging the people of Qala is that of the proposed development at Hondoq. Surely this poses a conflict of interest for the Mayor as a newly qualified architect?
“As someone who is just starting off on their career, there must be very strong reservations about going head to head with powerful developers who have powerful backing?
“I specifically asked the Mayor back in June about Labour’s 2012 Election Programme for Qala which says ‘the Labour Party remain consistent against the development as proposed’ and what this actually meant. Did it mean that if the developers were to change the proposal a bit, they would no longer be against the project?
“He refused to be drawn on this – saying only that he was against the proposal as it stood – but was not able to comment on his position were any changes to be made.
“Surely as the elected representative of the Qala people, he should take note of the fact that 85% of the residents voted against the development at Hondoq – therefore his stance, as Mayor, should also be clearly against the development at Hondoq (whether or not the proposal is modified)?
“The subject of where the Labour Party stands on Hondoq was also raised in my letter to the Times in June (http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120616/letters/Joseph-Muscat-and-ondoq.424477) and came up in the comments following October’s article in Gozonews concerning the Hondoq Appeal (http://gozonews.com/25622/hondoq-appeal-to-be-heard-by-the-mepa-board-in-may-2013/).
“So, can the Labour Party, on a local or national level, state clearly where they stand on the proposed development at Hondoq (whether or not the developers make modifications to their proposal)?”