Qala - Hondoq development

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Qala - Hondoq development

Postby HappyGecko » Thu 07 Mar 2013 14:17

Hi there - I'm moving to Gozo this year. We've found a lovely house on the outskirts of Qala.

Then I read about the Qala Creek/Hondoq development....

I realise the issue has been rumbling on for years - does anyone have a view about whether this is likely to get the thumbs up from numbskull politicians?? I'd really appreciate a local view.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Postby gozomark » Thu 07 Mar 2013 14:27

Hi, and welcome :-)

I suspect some form of development will get approval, and the disruption to Qala to go on for years.
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Postby HappyGecko » Thu 07 Mar 2013 15:12

Thanks - that's my worry. I guess we'd better start looking elsewhere. Such a shame..

Seems crazy that they'd ruin such natural beauty given that's a major appeal of the island.
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Postby gozomark » Thu 07 Mar 2013 15:14

If the property in question is on the outskirts of Qala it might not be affected by any construction traffic, but it might already be affected by the quarry traffic !
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Postby HappyGecko » Thu 07 Mar 2013 15:21

I don't think it is - it's not on the road to Hondoq and only has protected land in front... I noticed that the junction in the centre of Qala was mentioned and it's not near there.

I'd forgotten what 'fun' moving overseas was!
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Postby gozomark » Thu 07 Mar 2013 15:23

What's the road name ?
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Postby gozomark » Thu 07 Mar 2013 15:25

HappyGecko wrote: only has protected land in front...


who told you that ?
did you check on the MEPA map to make sure ?

http://www.mepa.org.mt/mepa-mapserver
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Postby HappyGecko » Thu 07 Mar 2013 15:28

Triq Andar Ix-Xaghari..
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Postby gozomark » Thu 07 Mar 2013 15:42

HappyGecko wrote:Triq Andar Ix-Xaghari..


one end of that road is where the quarries are - I'm guessing you are talking about the other end (the western end).
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Postby HappyGecko » Thu 07 Mar 2013 15:47

Thanks - just taking a look but it's difficult to tell from the map even with the legend on show.

Yes, it's the western end just off Triq Wied Is-Simar
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Postby gozomark » Thu 07 Mar 2013 16:13

At least one of the forum members used to rent a farmhouse just there. Is it an old or a new place ?
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Postby HappyGecko » Thu 07 Mar 2013 16:37

Old...it's been rented out on and off for a few years, I think. If you could ask the forum member for feedback, I'd be grateful - any insight welcome!
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Postby gozomark » Thu 07 Mar 2013 16:43

Cant remember who it was, but I think they moved out as damp and difficult to keep warm as north facing - are you looking to rent or buy ?
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Postby HappyGecko » Thu 07 Mar 2013 16:46

Either - this is helpful, thanks. I think we'll have to reconsider. The point re north facing is a pertinent one.
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Postby gozomark » Thu 07 Mar 2013 16:50

not only is that bit north facing (if its the bit I'm thinking of, near a little roundabout), but its also on a downslope sloping towards the north
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