PRESS RELEASE 30.09.2015

English / Malti

Press Release 30th September, 2015

No Racetrack on ODZ Land.

Front Ħarsien ODZ calls on the government to set a condition in call for expression of interest excluding ODZ land.

Moreover considering that a racing track meeting standards for international competitions requires 80 hectares (the size of 100 football grounds) it would have been wiser to ask MEPA to first conduct studies on whether developing such an enormous tract of land makes environmental and planning sense in a small island like Malta. It would also have made more sense if MEPA had identified where such a development can take place within development zones or other committed sites. If no such land exists it is irresponsible for government to raise expectations of motor sports enthusiasts.

The Front is also concerned that the race course may end up to be an excuse for land speculation on ODZ land. Therefore any race course should be a standalone project and not accompanied by any other commercial development.

Land reclamation affecting protected marine habitats should also be excluded. The Front understands the popularity of this sports and urges the government to downscale its plans and ask MEPA to identify a smaller piece of land where this sports can be practiced safely and without any negative environmental impact.

 

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Stqarrija Stampa 30 ta’ Settembru, 2015

L-Ebda Korsa tal- Motor Sports fuq ODZ

Front Ħarsien ODZ qed isejjaħ lil gvern biex idaħħal kundizzjoni ċara fis-sejħa għal espressjoni ta’ interess biex l-ebda sit ODZ ma jigi kunsidrat għal iżvilupp ta’ korsa għal motor sports.

Il-Front jemmen li f’dan il-każ kien ikun iktar għaqli li l-MEPA tagħmel studju jekk gżira żgħira bħal Malta għandiex post għal korsa li tista’ tkun kbira daqs 100 grawnd tal-futboll (80 ettaru). Ikun jagħmel ukoll iktar sens kieku l-MEPA għamlet studju dwar jekk jeżistix post fiż-żona ta’ żvilupp fejn jista jsir dan l-iżvilupp. Jekk ma teżistix mhedda ta’ art bħal din fiż-żona ta’ żvilupp, il-gvern qed ikun irresponsabli meta jgħoli l-aspettattivi tad-dilettanti tal-motor sports .

Il-Front qed jesprimi tħassib għall-fatt li din il-korsa tista’ tintuża bħala skuża għal spekulazzjoni tal-art. Għalhekk qed jitlob li jekk tinstab art għalih, il-progett ikun wieħed esklussivament sportiv u ma jinkludi l-ebda żvilupp ieħor.

M’għanda ssir l-ebda reklamazzjoni tal-art għal dan l-iskop għax dan jaffetwa l-ħajja ta’ taħt il-baħar.

Il-Front jifhem il-popolarita’ ta’ dan l-isports u għalhekk qed jitlob lil gvern biex jaħseb fi proġett iżgħar fejn dan l-isports jista jiġi prattikat mingħajr riskji għad-dilettanti u mingħajr ma jinqered l-ambjent.

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