Sustainable and Ecological Projects instead of Villas and Pools at Ramla l-Hamra Bay – AD
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“The spectacular landscape value of the valley and the bay at Ramla constitute a fundamental point of reference for tourism in Gozo. Such a natural asset is an attraction to all those visiting the island and therefore benefits all other existing tourist businesses. It is thus obligatory to prevent the threat of opportunistic development in this area which would also damage the Gozo tourist product as a whole,” Alternattiva Demokratika Chairperson, Arnold Cassola, has said.
In view of the decision taken by the Planning Appeals Board, Alternattiva Demokratika Secretary-General and Gozo Spokesman, Victor Galea, questioned whether the Appeals Board would have been so considerate with a common citizen. “We have records where residents failed to pay the full amount required on filing their appeal and the MEPA Appeals Board solemnly declared such appeal null and void. But here we have another example where in spite of the fact that MEPA no longer falls under the responsibility of Mister Pullicino but under Prime Minister Gonzi, this Authority is weak with the strong and strong with the weak. The developers’ appeal with MEPA should have been declared null and void, the same way as it would have been to any common citizen.”
“In the light of the Green Party’s vision for Gozo to turn the island into an ecological one – and now adapted by GonziPN -, we are proposing specific sustainable and ecological projects for Ramla l-Hamra Bay instead of Villas and private swimming pools.
1. The MEPA should truly safeguard the environment around Ramla l-Hamra by including the whole area in the EU funded and protected programme of Natura 2000;
2. Heritage Trusts and NGDOs should be supported in obtaining EU funds to transform the whole Ramla area into an international heritage site;
3. Re-establish its archaeological remains
4. Highlighting its geomorphologic features and habitat that supports endemic flora and fauna while ecological walks and expiditions could take place under professional guidance;
5. Promote Ramla as a strong candidate for a Blue Flag bay status;
6. Ensure that Ramla l-Hamra remains free from light pollution, a characteristic sought avidly by our visitors;
7. Its spectacular landscape value should not only be protected but promoted as an ideal location for astronomical observation; and
8. “We finally insist that the state should claim back the land from the Ulysses Lodge proprietors, to remove the abandoned building, restore the partially concreted-over Roman pathway to its former self and holistically restore the whole area,” concluded Victor Galea.