Is MEPA stalling on issuing its Hondoq Report? – Readers Letter
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“Last March I wrote a letter asking where the long overdue Development Planning Application Report (DPAR) for Hondoq was. It is this report which sums up everything, to put before the MEPA Board, so they can make their final decision as to whether the proposed development can go ahead there or not.
It should not be a difficult decision, considering that the project has been recommended for refusal by numerous bodies, including the Church Commission and MEPA’s own Environmental Protection Directorate, and their Natural Heritage Panel.
Back then, MEPA were already past the 42 week target date they had set themselves in July 2002 (even allowing for the intervening 11 years being valid extensions to that timeframe). It is now 8 and a half months further on, and still no sign of the report.
In July 2014 an article was published saying that the DPAR would be issued by the end of summer. In November 2014 another article reported that all the indications were that by the end of the month the DPAR on the project would be finished.
Now, in January 2015, it seems we are still no closer to seeing this report. No valid reason has been forth coming, and no doubt any excuse given now for the delay will be the upcoming local elections and hunting referendum.
MEPA – where are your ‘values’ which are ‘rooted in justice’ and ‘manifested in wise and timely decisions,’ and which you talk about in your Mission Statement?”
Photo courtesy of Moviment Harsien Hondoq (Save Hondoq ir-Rummien)