Front Harsien ODZ joins call for PA to reject Dwejra restaurant application

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Front Harsien ODZ joins call for PA to reject Dwejra restaurant applicationFront Harsien ODZ is joining the call for the Planning Authority to reject a planning application for the an extension within an existing site by a restaurant.in Dwejra, Gozo.

The Front, in a statement said that it is endorsing the objections of Light Pollution Awareness Group, BirdLife Malta, Friends of the Earth Malta and Nature Trust Malta.

It pointed out that,”the area in question is considered as being a very ecologically sensitive one, given it is within a Natura 2000 site and is a Special Protected Area designated under the Wild Birds Directive.”

“The proposed extension is of concern in view of increased lighting of the area which can disturb fauna and create light pollution in an area which is renowned for its tranquillity,” said the Front.

It added that, “this site also offers some of the best night skies on the island which is ideal for astronomical observations.”

Front Harsien ODZ concluded by saying that “his development is located within an area of Dark Sky Heritage (Gozo and Comino local plan) and thus no exterior lighting should be allowed.”

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.”

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

 

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