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Title: The green whistleblower
Authors: Deidun, Alan
Keywords: Supermarkets -- Malta
Land use -- Environmental aspects -- Malta
Malta Environment and Planning Authority
Boathouses -- Malta
Non-governmental organizations -- Malta
Trees -- Malta
Issue Date: 2007-06-10
Publisher: Allied Newspapers Ltd.
Citation: Deidun, A. (2007, June 10). The green whistleblower. The Times of Malta, pp. 1-4.
Abstract: Our media have rightly been ablaze recently with statistics showing the preponderance of obese individuals in the Maltese Islands. Such a dubious distinction has been attributed to a variety of factors, such as the lack of exercise, a high-calorie diet, etc. Local development trends suggest that another more insipid factor is to blame ... the ubiquity of supermarkets. After the application to develop ODZ (Outside Development Zone) supermarkets in Mosta (PA7617/06 - refused outright), Luqa (PA4472/06- approved) and Zebbug (PA1339/06) - deferred, awaiting clarifications), Charles Polidano now has the temerity to apply for a similar development in an ODZ area in Zabbar (PA7244/06), merely 500 metres away from an established supermarket in the area. Local residents claim that the site notice was affixed on May 28, a day after the expiry date for representations and objections; MEPA should investigate such a claim and reopen the period allowed for objections.
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