DLH urges PA to reject Dwejra restaurant extension application

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DLH urges PA to reject Dwejra restaurant extension applicationThe Planning Authority is being “strongly urged” to reject an application at the National Park at Dwejra for an extension within an existing site by a restaurant.

NGO Din L-Art Helwa, in a statement today said that the application includes a canopy, lights and tables and chairs outside.

Back in September 2012 MEPA issued an Enforcement Notice against a restaurant at Dwejra, to remove the lighting, saying that it is a “Breach of condition 7” of the original planning application, which states “Floodlighting of structure and surrounding areas is to be strictly prohibited. Lighting under the canopy should be kept to the bare minimum.”

DLH stated that the Park is a designated dark sky heritage area and is one of the few areas left where one can see the night sky in all its glory.

It also said that the area is an important nesting site for the Cory and Yelkouan Shearwaters who are particularly sensitive to light and noise.

Din L-Art Helwa concluded by saying that it, “maintains that the Planning Authority has a duty to protect these important ecological sites, and ensure that they can be enjoyed by everyone as well as by future generations.”

Above photograph above was taken by Benjamin Metzger on the 28th of August 2012

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