Jerma Public Consultation: will you have your say?

** Deadline 15th March **

Will you take a minute to object to the Jerma proposal in its current form? ALL of us are clearly in favour of demolition of the current dangerous structure – there is no question about that. The point of this objection is to influence what is done with the space left AFTER the demolition.

The monstrous 15-storey development being planned will likely bring some low-paid jobs to the area, which is positive, but it will also harm many who reside in Marsaskala. For those of you who may not be aware, this is proposal PA/04710/18:

Proposed demolition of existing hotel and excavation of site. Proposed construction of two levels of below ground car parking facilities, a chapel, a beach lido with pool consisting of catering facilities (Class 4D) , and a mixed use development consisting of commercial spaces at ground floor (mix of Class 4C, Class 4B and Class 3C) with 12 storeys of overlying residential units (Class 1A) and a 13 storeys high hotel (Class 3B) with roof top restaurant (Class 4D) at penthouse level and outdoors pools. Extension of the landscaped area around Torri San Tumas to create a public park and construction of a Public Open space at ground floor above the proposed parking as an extension of the existing promenade.

Some additional info: there will be a mix of 128 self-catering apartments and 250 5-star rooms. In addition, there will be another 166 residential units. It has been alleged that the residential units have been added to generate money to finance construction of the hotel, because otherwise the development would not be “financially viable”. In other words, it has been said that the owners do not currently have enough capital to independently finance the hotel itself, so the prime waterfront residential units will be sold at (presumably) sky-high prices, in an area originally meant for tourist purposes only.

We now have the opportunity to participate in the Environmental Impact Assessment being carried out. Taking part in this consultation process is important, and quick. Some points you may wish to submit are outlined below. You can do so UP TO THE 15th March, by doing the following:
1) Open a new email
2) Email address: eia.malta@era.org.mt
3) Subject line: Public Consultation re. PA/04710/18
4) Copy some or all of the text underneath the line below
5) Add your name and ID number just underneath

Thank you! The more comments, the better. Feel free to edit the text as you deem fit.


Whilst welcoming the pending demolition of the existing dangerous structure previously known as the Jerma Palace Hotel, I would like to register my concerns regarding the proposal PA/04710/18 as it currently stands, for the following reasons:

  • The proposal is misleading from the start, since the application refers to 12 and 13 storeys, whereas the text in the EIA refers to thirteen storeys (residential units) and 15 storeys (hotel).
  • Residential units: The Jerma area was granted by the Government through an act of parliament to Lafico for tourism purposes only. The inclusion of residential units in the plans, in an area supposedly reserved for tourism-related development only, is a betrayal of the original agreement and will irrevocably harm the area.
  • The site should be rehabilitated to its original natural state – the land should be given back to the public to enjoy, the tower restored and rehabilitated to continue generating sustainable economic activity, and the Jerma area embellished so that it can be enjoyed by generations to come
  • It is unclear whether the tunnel underneath the proposed open space between Jerma and St. Thomas Tower is still being considered. Digging a tunnel may cause structural damage to the tower itself and requires an impact assessment, whereas if a tunnel is no longer an option, the Tower will be transformed into a glorified roundabout. As the PDS itself states: “The presence of St. Thomas Tower and the proximity to the existing residential areas may also cause adverse impacts that hinder their ‘key strategic, long distance views and important vistas at a national and local level’. “
  • Marsaskala was not among the localities identified in the policy regulating high buildings of over 10 storeys. The development should be scaled down to 10 stories or less.
  • Impact assessments:
    No Transport Impact assessment has been carried out (as noted by Transport Malta on the 5th June 2018, who reserved its right to require consultation at a later stage)
    No Social Impact Assessment has been carried out
  • No consultation with residents in the area has been carried out. The Local Council have been asked to vote on very preliminary plans, with no real understanding of the impact that such a huge development will have on the fabric of the area, and on Marsaskala as a whole. They are against the inclusion of residential units, and the proposal has been visibly changed since the last consultation period.
  • Increase in traffic and pollution in the area: This development will severely exacerbate residential traffic in the area, to the detriment of Marsaskala as a whole.
  • St. Thomas Tower will effectively be incorporated into the development and mostly hidden behind the hotel when views from sea level
  • It is not clear from the site plans whether access to the foreshore will be retained, or whether it will be physically possible to access parts of the foreshore where the rubble boundaries seem to touch the shoreline. This is unacceptable; the foreshore belongs to the public, and the boulders currently blocking access (which were placed illegally when Jerma was in operation) should be removed and not retained in the proposal.
  • It is unclear whether the land owners will take responsibility for maintenance and upkeep of the public open space in the area – this is not mentioned in the PDS.
  • There will be a substantial shadowing effect on nearby residential properties, depriving residents of sunshine during the morning, affecting both mental health. This may also have an economic impact as investments in solar PV panels or solar heaters will no longer be worthwhile.

Thank you for your time,
Regards































Jerma – what’s in it for you?

This post is the first in a multi-part series about the abandoned, dilapidated Jerma Palace Hotel, and applicant Mr. Charles Cammileri’s proposals to redevelop the site from a 5-storey, 4-star hotel into a massive highrise with residential units spread over 13 floors and the hotel rising to 15 floors.

Throughout the series, we will be extensively referring to official documents available from the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate change’s request for public consultation, which closes on the 15th March. These include the Project Description Statement, and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening report, both publicly available as pdf documents.

This is an opportunity to make an informed choice about the proposal, ensuring that you have your say while basing your actions and opinions on facts. It is also a chance to engage with other residents in a spirit of amicable discussion.

Stay tuned to Marsaskala.org for more.

Jerma site, with St. Thomas Tower in the background


Waste Collection in Marsaskala

Introduction

We’re proud of our Island Republic, and we want to keep it looking its best.  Litter and incorrectly discarded waste have marred our island’s beauty and several litter ‘hotspots’ are a major source of frustration. Keeping Malta clean is a shared responsibility. It’s time to work together to clean up our Island.

Purpose

  • Clean, attractive streets are a necessity for any livable country, including ours.
  • Malta strives to be a sustainable island with a circular economy that makes responsible use of scarce resources.

Result

  • All of us, on the Maltese Islands, collaborate together and assist in a separating system that includes organic waste;
  • This in turn supports creating resources from waste.
  • In keeping the island clean, we employ efficiency and sustainability.

The better we sort our waste, the more resources we can recover through recycling, and less residual waste translates to less environmental impact.

Methods

While the local councils take care of street cleaning and waste processing, Residents, Visitors and Tourists are responsible for separating and sorting waste for recycling, and keeping the island tidy. More importantly, they are responsible for reducing the amount of waste they generate by avoiding excessive packaging wherever possible.

In order to extract as many resources as possible from our city’s waste, all waste must be sorted (separated) prior to collection. This is more effective and cheaper than sorting it after collection. To make this possible, all of us need to sort our household and commercial waste so that it can be collected separately. This will also help to cut down on litter, which is often the result of waste that has been disposed of incorrectly.

Source:  Recycling and Waste Management

 

Household Waste in Malta: The Basics

In Malta households use three separate waste bags.

  • White bag for organic (including food) waste
  • Grey/green bag for unsoiled and clean paper, plastics, metal, and drink (PPMD) packaging
  • Black bag for all remaining waste (mixed waste)

In reality, after placing organic waste in the organic bin and clean paper and plastic/metal packaging in the recycling bag, few items will need to be thrown away in the black bag.

However, it can take a bit of time to get used to this system! Here are some tips and useful links to get you started:

  1. When you first arrive in a new neighbourhood, visit Waste Serve  to find out when your locality is served, or visit the local council of your community. Take note of which bag is collected when. If you place the wrong bag on the curb side, it will not be collected. Make sure you place your own bags on the pavement in front of your own residence between 6.00 and 7.00 a.m. Do not leave your uncollected bags on the street at the end of the day!
  2. At the core of good waste management are three principles, also known as ‘The three R’s. These are to Reduce, Re-use and Recycle. Through the website Wastetips you can download factsheets with some useful tips on each of these waste management techniques. Resources provides other useful information.
  3. Be a good neighbour and a good sport.
  4. You risk being fined for failing to abide by the rules.

 

Organic waste = White bag   

Bones Flowers Plant trimmings
Cheese Fruit Raw food
Coffee Fruit and vegetable peels Seeds
Cooked food leftovers Fruit and vegetable seeds Soiled newspapers
Dairy products Honey Soiled tissues
Egg shells Icing sugar Sugar
Eggs Leaves Tea bags
Expired food Meat Tea leaves
Fish Pips Vegetables

Collection on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

 

Paper, Plastic, Metal and Drink packaging (PPMD) waste recycling = Grey or Green bag

Card paper Jar lids Plastic bags (clean)
Carton boxes (clean) Juice cartons Plastic bottle
Clean aluminium foil Liquid soaps (clean container) Plastic caps
Clean plastic bags Magazines Plastic containers
Clean takeaway boxes Margarine tubs (clean container) Plastic food packets
Cooking oil bottles Metal caps Shampoo (clean container)
Cosmetic container (clean) Milk cartons Shower gel (clean container)
Detergent bottles (clean container) Newspapers Spray cans (empty)
Detergent Boxes Notebooks Toilet paper rolls
Drink cans Paper Toiletries containers
Food cans Paper bags (clean) Yoghurt container (clean)

Collection in Marsaskala on Tuesday and Friday

Please be sure to put:

  • Only unsoiled paper and carton into your paper bin;
  • All cans, drink packaging and plastic bottles are to be empty, rinsed and clean as are other plastic materials such as bags, and so on.

Please note: glass is collected separately on the first Friday of every month!

Rest Mixed Waste = Black bag

Adhesive tape Hair Stickers
Soiled Aluminium Foil Jablo good items Toothpaste tube
Baking paper Labels Used cleaning materials
Broken ceramics Photographs Used cling film
Dirty food wrappers Nappies Used floor cloths
Cellophane Plant pots Used rubber gloves
Dirty take-away boxes Sanitary items Used sponges
Foil coated packets Shoes Wax paper
Dust Small broken mirrors Wet wipes

Collection in Marsaskala on Monday, Thursday and Saturday

Batteries, bulky refuse, construction waste, hazardous waste and commercial waste are disposed of otherwise.

Civic Amenity sites

Civic Amenity sites cater for the disposal of

  • Furniture, mattresses, carpets and clothing
  • White goods such as fridges, cookers and microwaves
  • Electronics such as computers, monitors, mobile phones, printers, electronic toys and tools
  • Garden waste
  • Edible oil and lubricant oils
  • Batteries, spent bulbs and neon tubes
  • Expired medicines, empty inhalers and used syringes
  • Solvents, chemicals, paint and other hazardous waste
  • Small quantities of household construction waste such as stone and tiles
  • Tyres

For Marsaskala the site at Hal-Far located on Hal-Far Road, close to the ETC Head Office and the site at Luqa located just outside the Marsa Industrial Estate are the two closest ones.

Civic Amenities sites are open from 7.30am – 5.30pm including weekends and public holidays.

For further information please call WasteServ on Freephone number 80072200.

Final Note: We are looking for feedback about the garbage collection scheme in Marsaskala. We kindly invite you to fill in this short survey.

We thank you for your cooperation.