“PA’s demolition derby moves to Zebbug in Gozo” – FAA
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Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar has today accused the Planning Authority of “moving its demolition derby to Gozo,” after it approved the demolition of a traditional farmhouse “right in the village core” of the Zebbug Square, Gozo.
The FAA in a statement this evening said that “today’s approval is despite having received over 500 objections from residents and eNGOs.”
“Warnings from both residents and eNGOs were ignored by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, and it made no efforts to oppose this development,” added FAA.
The NGO said the building is constructed in the vernacular style with timber beams and stone slab ceilings, and an arched loggia, and should have been protected under current planning policies.
FAA pointed out that “because of its village core status the Planning Authority could have barely allowed changes to the facade, let alone approve its complete demolition.”
“This farmhouse, if rehabilitated, would have been a unique chance for tourists to experience real Maltese architecture.” FAA said. “Instead, the developers will demolish it and replace it with small concrete rooms masked with a fake facade, giving tourists nothing more than a cheap imitation.”
FAA continued by saying that the Planning Authority “keeps affirming its apparent determination to ruin Malta with each decision taken, and now with little left to demolish here, the same faith seems to have been decided for Gozo.”
“It is shameful that with such destructive decisions they can still claim to have the nations interest at heart,” the NGO concluded.