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GSD concerned at Europa Point sewage plant design

The GSD said it shares the “disappointment and dismay” expressed by many people at the proposed design for the sewage treatment plant at Europa Point.

The GSD acknowledged that the project is essential and that years of pumping raw sewage into the sea must come to an end.

But the party is nevertheless concerned about the impact of the proposed project on the surrounding area.

Trevor Hammond, GSD environment spokesman has written to Minister Cortes asking whether alternative sites were surveyed by either this or the previous administration and, if so, which sites were examined and what conclusions were drawn.

“If for economic or infrastructure reasons Europa Point is the only viable location for the plant, I have asked the minister for the current, harsh design proposal to be re-examined to soften the design and make it less obtrusive in the area,” Mr Hammond said.

“I know that Dr Cortes will have deep concerns about the current proposal and will be keen to work with all stakeholders to ensure this vital project has the minimum possible consequences for the area.”

In response, the Gibraltar Government said the site of the sewage plant at Europa Point had been selected by the previous GSD administration.

"Possible alternative sites have since also been considered and none found to be suitable," No.6 Convent Place said.

"The design submitted at this stage is subject to change, and Government has already engaged with the architects in order to work on achieving improvements that will minimise the impact on the
landscape of the area."