Author: Joe Pace Ross

The concrete culvert recently built in Comino or, more precisely the illegal works, are an ominous indication of what the future might hold for this small island. Culverts are built to carry electricity cables, water and drainage pipes so that kiosks, snack-bars and, maybe, discos can operate. If it was possible to circumvent planning regulations to construct what the Ombudsman declared to be illegal works, what or who will be able or willing to stop a few caravans or other “temporary” constructions appearing on the island for use by the kiosk owners and others? The Ombudsman also recommended that the…

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Looking at the forest of tower cranes that litter our landscape, one wonders whether there is in fact a demand for all the property going up. Does the number of persons living on this island and the population growth justify the development taking place? The answer would probably be yes, because there is, notwithstanding everything, a ready market. But who is making the market? When we are abroad, nowhere do we see in any EU town or district with a population of 500,000 similar to ours so many tower cranes on concrete platforms in the middle of the streets, concrete…

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