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MDA insists its Budget proposals as agreed before general election

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

The Malta Developers Association presented a substantial document with concrete proposals for Budget 2018, some of which can be implemented immediately.

MDA President Sandro Chetcuti, who headed a delegation of Council members, augured that the Prime Minister and his Government would continue to achieve further progress and success in its endeavours to take the country to the next level. He praised Government’s initiatives that have truly brought the best of times in terms of employment and a booming economy.

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Both PN leadership contenders request meeting with MDA

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

The two Nationalist Party leadership contenders, Dr Adrian Delia and Dr Chris Said, held separate meetings with the Malta Developers Association Council. The meetings, held at the request of the two candidates, turned out to be two long, fruitful discussions.

Both Dr Delia and Dr Said acknowledged the good work of the MDA and its highly valid contribution to the country.

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Dumping is no way to get permits

This is the full text of a letter sent to The Malta Independent by MDA Secretary General Michael Stivala on 16 December, 2014:

The Malta Developers Association (MDA) refers to the interview of Professor Alan Deidun published in The Malta Independent (December16), particularly to the introductory part in which Prof. Deidun is reported to have alleged that “Developers are dumping in green areas to degrade the area and help facilitate the issuing of permits.”

While it could well be that in the past there was the odd rogue trader who might have thought that degrading land is a path to obtaining building permits, the MDA vehemently rebuts the generalisation implicit in the statement that condemns all developers for doing something that they are certainly not doing today.

Developers today are quite conscious that illegal dumping of material is subject to legal action and hefty fines. They also know that whether a piece of land is developable or not depends on its status according to the relevant Local Plan and not on whether it has been degraded by dumping. In 2014 all developers know that illicit dumping of debris is no way to get a building permit.

Professor Deidun’s assertion is a capricious generalisation that unjustly accuses all developers indiscriminately and is not backed up by facts. Can he, for example, list the cases of areas that could not be developed becoming developable in the last ten years, as a result of degradation by dumping?

The MDA is astonished that in order to arrive at his obviously biased conclusion, Prof. Deidun completely ignored established scientific methods that a scientist is expected to follow before determining real facts.

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