Fabian Demicoli

Public Consultation on areas for open storage and areas of containment in Malta and Gozo

The Malta Environment and Planning Authority , MEPA has issued a draft document in respect to Areas of Containment, and Open Storage Areas in Malta and Gozo for Public Consultation.

The scope of this document is to prepare guidelines to clarify the way forward on Areas of Containment. These Areas of Containment are identified in the Central Malta Local Plan (CMLP), North West Local Plan (NWLP), and the South Malta Local Plan(SWLP) and predominantly accomodate industrial or commercial related activities located outside development zone.

GRTU will be holding meetings in relation to this document with its members in these Areas of Containment across Qormi, Mosta, Naxxar, Lija, Iklin, Burmarrad, Ghaxaq, Kirkop, Luqa, Mqabba, Qrendi, Safi, Siggiewi, Zabbar, Zebbug and Zurrieq.

Meetings will also be held in Gozo with construction contractors, haulers, gas distributors, owners of heavy machinery, unscheduled bus owners, and all operators of heavy machinery . Open Storage Areas in Gozo have for now been a prickly thorn on the Government Agenda. Whilst this document is open for consultation GRTU hopes that Government will also keep its feet on the ground after hearing submissions from the business community.

Small and Medium Sized Enterprises are the heart of Malta's economy. Businesses cannot keep on waking up daily to new bureaucratic regulations which suit only the white collar boys sitting over a desk. It is time for these boys to take themselves to task. We can no longer tolerate a situation where an SME that has been in place for over twenty years is now faced with so many tantamount problems , and the only reason for this , is because they either want to expand their operations or hold firm their operations.

Our motto is only one…"halluna ha nahdmu"…and this is another legislation that if not handled correctly by the Government of the day would mean doom and gloom for many. Of course time will tell but the self employed and all small businesses are watching very slowly …time is ticking!

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