The minister responsible for the Planning Authority Ian Borg said, in a Facebook post that he had received three letters of resignation from PA board members Ivan Tabone, Matthew Pace and Perit Mariello Spiteri. He said that all three cited personal reasons. “It is not easy to serve in public posts and be exposed to criticism” wrote minister Borg. He added that in such appointments one should always be open to constructive criticism.
Minister Borg described as unacceptable the harsh criticism levelled at ERA chairman Victor Axiaq for his endorsement of the loss of nigh on 50 tumoli of arable land and the death of 600 trees. He described the criticism as ‘attacks’. This project was put forward by Ian Borg’s ministry and the Environment regulator’s chairman voted in favour in spite of the massive negative impact which the project will have on the environment in an area of high landscape value.
Meanwhile, Matthew Pace, one of the members who resigned was the lynch-pin in a recent court ruling which annulled the decision taken by the Planning Authority to approve a massive development on the ITS site in St George’s bay. The court took this stand because Pace had a manifest conflict of interest. Informed sources told Newsbook.com.mt that the db Group were even considering suing the PA for permitting the decision to be taken with such membership.