Partit Demokratiku questions silence of Superintendent of Cultural Heritage
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Partit Demokratiku has said in a statement “that under the oversight of the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage, Dr. Anthony Pace, his office has allowed for the Planning Authority to approve a frightening number of applications to desecrate Malta’s heritage and identity.
“The general public has started to catch on to this fact,” the PD said. ” The Superintendent did not take action against the Kercem development application, which threatened the Roman Catacombs of Gozo. Questions must now be asked.”
Partit Demokratiku questioned, “how is it that the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage has remained silent?”
Partit Demokratiku stated that, “if this case were standalone, we would not be speaking out now. However, it has become abundantly clear that the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage has in some way been compromised to rubber stamp development applications.”
“With case after case abandoned by the Superintendent, such as the vernacular houses of Zebbug, the Sliema Cloisters, Blackley’s Bakery in Pieta and countless other cases,” the Partit Demokratiku said that it voices the concerns of the general public and Civil Society.
“The Superintendent has to date taken no stand against the possible development in Mosta of the archaeological site at il-Wesgha tal-Gganti. He has merely recommended that monitoring takes place during the works themselves,” Partit Demokratiku said.
It added that, “the result of this application will be known by July 10th, and Partit Demokratiku considers this as a final test of the Superintendet’s reputation, particularly in light of the Roman Catacombs fiasco.”
Partit Demokratiku went on to say that, “in light of the assault on Malta’s cultural heritage in the past months, and indeed years, and given the clear absence of the assumption of any responsibility by Dr. Anthony Pace, Partit Demokratiku questions his credibility as Superintendent of Cultural Heritage.”
“The motivations behind his decisions – or lack thereof – are best put to an investigation and to public scrutiny. Similarly, Partit Demokratiku invites Civil Society to always seek common ground in protecting Malta’s heritage in the absence of properly functioning institutions,” it remarked.