CSN Release Proposal for Construction Reform

Posted On March 4, 2020

Given the recent tragedy of Mrs Miriam Pace many people have been left outraged at the entire situation. The Civil Society Network have come up with a list of proposals that in their eyes will act as a reform of the current construction sector.

” CSN is offering a list of proposals which the Government should discuss in a public consultation to make sure that what happened this week will never happen again” said CSN in a statement.

The list is as follows:

1.     Compulsory geological studies before any demolition or excavation project, including those which have been granted permission and where work has already started;

2.     Subsidies for geological studies for buildings that were constructed from the 1970s onward.This can be done through subsidies in developer tax for geology reports for private homeowners;

3.     Government control over the supervision & regulation of the contractor register and the power to automatically suspend contractors of any size for any breach of regulations, wherein decisions to do so should be taken promptly;

4.     Moratorium on the demolition of a building until the completion of a geological report;

5.     200% increase in funding for the OHSA and the BRO and a corresponding increase of personnel in the next 12 months;

6.     Urgent recruitment of inspectors in the field;

7.     Intensifying the criminal & financial responsibility of developers and contractors;

8.     A second third party Government insurance for the houses of third parties pending a court case paid by developers for up to 1 year after a project is finished to give peace of mind to homeowners;

9.     Every related court case about third party damages during construction must be treated as urgent by the prosecution and a sentence handed within 12 months, excluding appeals *

10.  Independent government architects to act as external checks on private ones.

Since the tragic incident occurred the Maltese public have become uneasy about questionable building sites. Namely a site surrounding an office space in St Julian’s. In fact Times of Malta reported that the owner of Cabs+, Cedric Sciberras, is seeking professional advice on whether or not the construction is safe.

The MDA have also taken the decision that tomorrow, the 5th of March, there shall be no excavation works happening to show solidarity with the Pace family on the day of Miriam’s funeral.

* Appeals already have a time limit in Malta.

Written by Emma Asciak

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