Independent MEP candidate Arnold Cassola has called out the Order of St Augustine in Malta after they sold a plot of St Julian’s land that used to be a garden to developers.
In a video he uploaded to social media, Cassola films construction workers digging on site on a Sunday.
“Did you see the hole?” he asks at the beginning of his video.
“This was once the garden of the convent of the Augustinian Friars of St. Rita in St George’s Bay,” he said. “What happened? The Augustinians played a little trick and instead of selling the land, they ‘hired’ it out to developers.”
Pointing out the depth and height of the planned building, he said the friars’ decision was damaging residents who lived in the area.
“Today, we have ended up with this gaping hole which goes down deep underground, and then will rise to another twelve storeys above street level here in the middle of Paceville. A trick that is causing a lot of damage to residents here. It’s a pity that the Augustinians got to this,” he continued.
“It is a big pity. But, despite all this, I augur that the Augustinian friars still go to heaven”
Cassola lamented the big development which was just one more construction site to add to the endless list for residents in St Julian’s.
“We already have so many developers causing headaches to the residents, and the Augustinians did not even bother to listen to the Church Environmental Commission that condemned this whole business deal,” he said.
“It is a big pity. But, despite all this, I augur that the Augustinian friars still go to heaven,” he ended.