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Malta Reacts To The Extensive Development Plans For Manoel Island

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Details on the extensive development plans for Manoel Island were released by Times of Malta this morning, and people weren’t happy with the proposed plans.

A hotel at Fort Manoel, a large shopping complex and a casino-hotel at the historic Lazaretto are among the projects mentioned in Midi’s (as-of-yet not officially public) development plans for the tiny island in Gżira. 

The plans were instantly attacked by Gżira mayor Conrad Borg Manché, who called the whole thing a “completely unacceptable” proposal that would create “another jumble of retail outlets and commercialised space.”

Beyond the mayor’s reaction, however, a lot of people made it a point to express their disapproval. These people come from all walks of life, from architects and other Maltese Local Councils, to members of the general public from both political parties.

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But as this person was quick to point, if people really are so against this project, there’s only one thing they can realistically do at this point.

Update: A few hours after this news broke out, Malta Today reported that Midi’s plans also include hiving off 62% of Manoel Island as public open space for an 80,000 square metre park.

What do you think of Manoel Island’s development plans?

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