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7th April 2014, 12:09

DPC consider Europa Point stadium - meeting followed live on GBC

A special session of the Development and Planning Commission took place on Tuesday to consider the GFA's planning application for the Europa Point Stadium. 

The project's architect made a presentation to the Commission, and nine individuals made oral objections, in addition to the fifty written objections already sitting in the DPC's files.

The special session, which was televised live by GBC and carried live on Radio Gibraltar, started at 9.30am and went on longer than expected, dealt exclusively with the proposed Europa Point Stadium. A presentation from the stadium's architects was followed by questions from members of the DPC.

There were nine individuals who spoke publicly at the meeting, among these, were five members of the ?Save Europa Point' Group who have gathered over 6,000 signatures in a petition opposing the construction of a Stadium at Europa Point. The five members were: Tommy Finlayson, Rebecca Faller, Yael Benady, Michael Neish and Isabella Guillem.

The Group also held a protest early in the morning outside the John Mackintosh Hall, where the meeting took place; they also presented their petition to the DPC. In addition to the nine speakers, the Commission received over fifty written objections to the project.

Two members of the DPC, the Environmental Safety Group and the Heritage Trust, had already voiced their objections to the stadium publicly, and the GONHS, who also sits on the Commission, had indicated that they don't believe there are any environmental concerns.

The DPC has requested an Environmental Impact Assessment.