The Malta Independent 9 August 2020, Sunday

PA Board approves Marsascala waterpolo pitch

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 17:13 Last update: about 10 days ago

The Planning Authority Board has approved an application for the construction of a waterpolo pitch and club house in Marsascala on Thursday.

The site is located beneath the Marsascala seafront promenade along Triq is-Salini. The site’s area is approximately 6,075m², including the sea. It consists of a series of arches supporting the overlying promenade area, with parts of the space characterized by rock outcrops.

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The area is characterized by marine related activities. The project is piloted by the education and infrastructure ministries and SportMalta.

The waterpolo pitch had sparked some controversy and objections due to the potential impact on the Natura 2000 site known as Il-Magħluq, and the effects on the sea currents. Other concerns also included over traffics and potential future kiosks on the promenade.

The architect said that they opted not to redevelop the existing pitch due to the exposure to the elements. The proposed site is not meant to jut above the promenade, except for a lift.

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