SOS Hondoq

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Hands Off Hondoq!

The quarry as it was in 1951.
Nature can still be reversed to this pristine state.
(Click photo to enlarge)

Hondoq ir-Rummien, a coastal area and bay in Qala Gozo, is one of the few remaining tracts of open countryside left in the Maltese Islands. The sea in this area boasts some of the cleanest, clearest water in all of Malta and Gozo, attracting locals and divers alike to spend time in this tranquil beauty spot.

It is now being threatened by a proposed development plan to build a five star hotel catering for 170 bedrooms, approximately 25 villas, 60 Self Catering Units, 200 Multi-Ownership Residences, 731 Underground parking spaces (only 90 allowed for public use), 10 shops, 5 restaurants and a marina for between 100 to 150 crafts.

So help us save Hondoq by signing the petition.

Thank you for your support, and forward this email to your family, friends and collegues for them to visit http://soshondoq.blogspot.com and sign the petition too.

HANDS OFF HONDOQ!

Our aim is to rehabilitate the disused quarry into a national park where everyone can enjoy the beauty of nature as was previously listed in the Gozo Local Plan.


11 Comments:

  • Nice Picture!!!

    By Anonymous Joseph, at 8:25 AM  

  • "Hondoq ir-Rummien is again under threat from development"

    Moviment Graffitti is seriously concerned about the new proposed plans for the development of Hondoq ir-Rummien. Plans which will convert a large part of the area of Hondoq ir-Rummien in a new tourist village together with a marina.

    We feel that Hondoq ir-Rummien is again under threat and that MEPA should reject this project, as this project again falls out of the development scheme set up by the MEPA itself. We should remember that natural landscape in Malta and Gozo had already been given the green light from the government to a further destruction of it.

    The area earmarked for development is one of the few remaining beaches in Gozo and the one mostly frequented by Gozitan people. A referendum which took place in 2002 among the Qala residents rejected the whole development.

    Malta sustainability is lacking behind. Our country is losing a lot of land due to the rampant development. This situation is totally unsustainable, resulting in a lot of environmental damage and lack of adequate open public places.

    Moviment Graffitti concluded that the area earmarked for development at Hondoq ir-Rummien should remain free from development, and accessible to all gozitan people. The disused quarry which is very at heart to the developer can be rehabilitated and converted into a small forest.

    By Anonymous Moviment Graffitti, at 8:06 PM  

  • This not simply a Malta/Gozo problem, it is a problem for the EU. Gozo came into the EU as a tranquil gem in the Mediterranean. To turn any part of it into a built up resort is a short term strategy for the personal gain of a few. The unique selling point of Gozo as a tourist destination will be its unspoilt nature in a world where every other place will be built up.
    Maria

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:23 AM  

  • To make people aware of the environment problem in 2002 I've written a book in Maltese for children called "Ulied il-Kwiekeb" It is about a wealthy businessman who wants to build a large hotel at Ta' Cenc. Maybe someone has read it.
    Ben Agius

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:50 PM  

  • Why does Gozo persist in 'The Stone Age', convinced that the only quick, easy and low-risk route to 'prosperity' is construction?
    Rather, it is the road to perdition.

    Godfrey Baldacchino

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:25 AM  

  • this is why people come to gozo, why build hotels here, the L'mgarr has just closed and why not use the empty houses on gozo or chambrey to sell on, leave gozo alone its a jewel that needs no toehr setting, it shines on it's own

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:50 PM  

  • Please please please don't build this monstrosity. Our planet has been destroyed enough by capitalism - let's leave its few remaining beauty spots beautiful. If people want to go somewhere souless, there's always Benidorm. Keep Gozo natural, soulful and beautiful. HANDS OFF HONDOQ!! Harriet.

    By Anonymous Harriet Cater, at 5:32 PM  

  • there are other things that can to be done to make Gozo a better destination for turists surely the Qala Creek is NOT the answer to this

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:31 PM  

  • I encourage teens and youths to create an awareness about this issue with their friends!

    www.savehondoq.cjb.net

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:08 PM  

  • Leave Gozo as it is.
    Or maybe it is allready to late for Gozo....

    It's nice to have a place to go to in this world where one can still find some rest, without all those tourists...

    If you wanna build a hotel somewhere, build it in Malta, no one will notice 1 or 2 more hotels overthere (also a bad sign though...)

    So hands off of Gozo.

    By Blogger Para, at 6:07 PM  

  • Funny isn't it.....this Hondoq.

    Seems a bit of a summary of Malta itself...and it's relationship with sadly unfortunate, backward Gozo.

    Is there a very, rich Maltese Developer, who wants to change Gozo...forever....

    Who is he...?

    He hides behind some estate agent and his well paid architect...

    What has he done in the past..?

    What is his track record...?

    Does he have hidden influence on the MEPA board...maybe not...but this is Malta after all....

    Who knows....?

    Murky to say the least...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:10 PM  

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