Hondoq, Cittadella and Ta’ Cenc to be considered as Public Domain Sites
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NGOs Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar (FAA) and Friends of the Earth Malta, have submitted applications and sites to be considered as Public Domain Sites. These include three sites in Gozo and the island of Comino.
The Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change Josè Herrera, has also announced that he has personally recommended two sites to be considered as Public Domain: the newly established Nature Park known as Inwadar, and Wied Ghomor.
The Minister stated that the Public Domain Act was a landmark, and will better-protect our environment. “These applications will be vetted by the Planning Authority, and those approved will be up for discussion before Parliament,” he said.
The proposed sites are as follows:
• Site at Hondoq, Qala;
• Cittadella, Victoria, Gozo;
• Site at Ta’ Cenc, Sannat;
• Site at Manoel Island;
• Site at Wied Garnaw;
• Site at Kalanka, Delimara;
• Site of three historic landmark trees, Ta’ Xbiex;
• Site of beaches from St.George’s Bay to Sliema;
• Sites at Valletta coastline and Fort St. Elmo;
• Sites from St. Thomas Bay (Marsascala) to Xrobb l-Ghagin (Marsaxlokk);
• Sites from Siggiewi to Zurrieq;
• Sites: Pinetum beyond Floriana fortification walls and Argotti, St Philips and Sa Masion Public Gardens;
• Stretch of land from Gnejna to Mtahleb;
• Villa Guardamangia, Pietà;
• Site at Simblija;
• Site at Has-Saptan and Wied Zembaq;
• Site at Is-Simblija (including Wied ir-Rum, Ta’ Baldu and Wied Hazrun)
• Site at Il-Ballut tal-Wardija;
• Site at il-Ballut tal-Imgiebah (l/o Mellieha);
• Site at Ras ir-Raheb and Qlejgha;
• Site at Fomm ir-Rih.
Minister Herrera concluded by saying that at the moment his Ministry is also studying the possibility of delineating certain old countryside passage ways which could also be similarly declared, and which would therefore guarantee better access to the general public.