PN and Kamra agree all studies on Gozo tunnel should be published
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The Council of the Kamra tal-Periti recently met with a delegation of the Nationalist Party, headed by Party Leader Dr Adrian Delia, who highlighted a number of issues “which the Party considered to be of utmost importance.”
Dr Delia highlighted the need for a long term vision for the country, and stated that the Party will insist that “all the necessary technical and environmental studies related to the proposed Gozo tunnel are published prior to a final decision being taken.”
The PN said that these included the “need to shift from a mindset of development permitting to one of planning, and the importance of quality in the building industry.”
President of the Kamra tal-Periti Simone Vella Lenicker, speaking about the Gozo tunnel, reiterated the position of the Kamra that the studies should be carried out and published before any decisions are taken.
She also stated that it was “worrying that motions had to be passed in Parliament to ensure that all regulations and legislative requirements are adhered to, and this further emphasised the need for an urgent review of the Strategic Plan for the Environment and Development and the translation of the Plan into the Local Plans, both of which are now practically obsolete.”
Perit Vella Lenicker noted that the Chamber presented its proposals for an overhaul of the building and construction regulations to Government just two weeks ago.
She added that, the proposals were approved by the profession at a General Meeting held last November, and were positively received by the Parliamentary Secretary Chris Agius. “These proposals will ensure better quality in the industry and will bring it firmly into the 21st century.”
Perit Vella Lenicker also emphasised that “shifting from a mindset of development permitting to one of strategic and local planning is imperative to ensure that the urban quality within our towns and villages is not lost forever.”
A number of other issues were discussed during the meeting, including the need for an architecture policy, a landscape policy and a skyline policy, as well as the need to introduce a culture of design competitions for projects which are funded by public money.
The Council of the Kamra tal-Periti also presented its vision, as a member of the Architects’ Council of Europe, for the upcoming MEP elections, including the need to achieve a better quality of the built environment, the need to secure affordable housing of high quality, the need to re-think the connection between climate change and the built environment and the need to improve education and up-skilling across the sector.
The delegation of the Kamra tal-Periti included also Perit André Pizzuto (Vice President and Treasurer), Professor Alex Torpiano (Past President), and Council Members Periti Sandro Cini, Gaston Camilleri and Alberto Miceli Farrugia.