The Malta Independent 14 November 2018, Wednesday

Why has Superintendent of Cultural Heritage remained silent, PD asks

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 11:06 Last update: about 2 years ago

Partit Demokratiku today questioned why the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage, Dr Anthony Pace, remained silent in the wake of the "assault on Malta’s identity in the past years". Under his oversight, his office has allowed for the Planning Authority to approve a frightening number of applications to desecrate Malta’s heritage and identity. The general public has started to catch on to this fact. The Superintendent did not take action against the Kercem development application, which threatened the Roman Catacombs of Gozo. Questions must now be asked, the PD said in a statement.

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If this case were standalone, Partit Demokratiku would not be speaking out now. However, it has become abundantly clear that the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage has in some way been compromised to rubber stamp development applications. With case after case abandoned by the Superintendent, such as the vernacular houses of Zebbug, the Sliema Cloisters, Blackley's Bakery in Pieta and countless other cases, the Partit Demokratiku voiced the concerns of the general public and Civil Society.

Partit Demokratiku said that the Superintendent has to date taken no stand against the possible development in Mosta of the archaeological site at il-Wesgha tal-Ġganti. He has merely recommended that monitoring takes place during the works themselves. The result of this application will be known by July 10th, and Partit Demokratiku considers this as a final test of the Superintendet’s reputation, particularly in light of the Roman Catacombs fiasco.

In light of the assault on Malta’s cultural heritage in the past months, and indeed years, and given the clear absence of the assumption of any responsibility by Anthony Pace, Partit Demokratiku questions his credibility as Superintendent of Cultural Heritage. The motivations behind his decisions - or lack thereof - are best put to an investigation and to public scrutiny. Similarly, Partit Demokratiku invited the Civil Society to always seek common ground in protecting Malta’s heritage in the absence of properly functioning institutions.

 

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