In reaction to the new proposals concerning Hotel-Height Adjustment Policies, Żminijietna - Voice of the Left said while it agrees in principle with the upgrading of the tourism sector, this should be sustainable and environmentally-conscious.
"In the past decades, Malta was characterised by uncontrolled development rather than sustainability. This led to the closure of hotels, which were subsequently converted into apartments or which were left vacant. Tourism policies should not promote such unsustainability, and should not encourage speculation".
"Żminijietna appeals for a holistic national strategy which, prior to granting permission for two additional floors, should study whether this is required. Such studies should incorporate social, environmental and economic impact assessments and should give due importance to concepts such as residents' rights, open spaces, water consumption and solar rights".
"If it transpires that there is need for two additional storeys, this should be allowed only in areas which are exclusively touristic, and not in areas charactersied by residential zones. Besides, development applications for enlarging and building of new hotels in outside development zones should be suspended,” stated Żminijietna - Voice of the Left .
Press Release 4/5/14