Once again within a week, the Gharb Residents Association joined forces with other entities and organisations to protest against the proposed mushroom factory in Gharb on over 12,000 square meters of agricultural land in an Outside Development Zone, only a few meters away from a residential area.
Victor Galea, spokesperson for the Gharb Residents’ Association said, “We thank all the organisations that are supporting this cause. In particular I want to mention the Moviment Graffiti who at the beginning of this week protested in front of the MEPA Offices and particularly mentioned the proposed factory in Gharb. It is now clear that when people are ready to show their faces, their plea should fall on those who safeguard the quality of life in our country”.
With reference to the Project Description Statement (PDS) commissioned by the developers, Mr Galea added, “Since 2003, MEPA recommended a site at the Xewkija Industrial area but when they realised that there is a residential area within the zone, the MEPA advice then was to withdraw this application due to the fact that this development will create problems to the residents there.” Mr Galea added, “Therefore if MEPA allows this development in Gharb, it would be contradicting itself because if it’s not good for the people living in Xewkija, then it should not be good for the people living in Gharb.”
“We suggest that such a proposal for a mushroom factory should never be proposed near any residential area in Gozo. It is enough that in Gharb we still have the raw sewage outflow in Wied il-Mielah Valley, the odour of chicken manure for a mushroom farm will add to the further deterioration of the health and safety of the residents here,” concluded Mr Galea.