AD asks for transparency on Ta’ Cenc Development

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Ta' Cenc Cliffs“Whilst welcoming the meetings held by the Ta’ Cenc developers with some of the main environmental NGOs and the Sannat Local Council, Alternattiva Demokratika firmly believes that information should be made more public.”

“In particular, the Mayor of Sannat has a duty to inform all his residents of the Council’s stand on the new plans. It seems that the MLP mayor opted to remain silent on this national issue. Such a stand is unacceptable in this day and age considering the national and international importance of Ta’ Cenc,” said the chairperson of Alternattiva Demokratika Arnold Cassola during a press conference held in Sannat.

John Mizzi, the AD Councillor in Sannat said that: “Following the meeting between the developers and the Council, the Public has a right to consider if any development of Ta’ Cenc can be reconciled with the Government’s policy of Gozo as an Eco-Island. It now transpires that the Hotel would be extending its building to cover the existing carpark on one side and extending to about 130metres from the cliff edge on the other. Can such a sensitive area designated as potential Natura2000 site be built so extensively?”

Prof. Cassola said that, “Alternattiva Demokratika eagerly awaits press statements from those NGOs which attended the meetings. AD also asks that the PN and MLP to declare their stance on the Ta’ Cenc Development. Politicians, especially those whose portfolio comprises the environment should not shy away from expressing an opinion. Ta’ Cenc was designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) for its internationally important breeding colonies of seabirds including the Yelkouan Shearwater, the largest breeding colony of Cory’s Shearwater and the only colony of European Storm-petrels outside Filfla in the Maltese Islands.”

He concluded by reminding the Maltese Government that “The Ta’ Cenc issue is also currently subject to a pending infringement procedure for insufficient special protection area designation opened against Malta by the European Commission in June. The infringement procedure opened against Malta by the European Commission relates to an insufficient Special Protection Area designation for Ta’ Cenc. The Maltese tax-payer should not be asked to fork out money for fines due to negligence from the Maltese Authorities.”

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