A big group of Maltese artists has teamed up to voice its opposition to any development in Żonqor and other ODZ sites across Malta and Gozo.
In their open letter to the government, the artists said:
"Most of us artists and creatives thrive on our surroundings for inspiration. Our work is a direct reaction to all that we see around us and what we produce, whatever the form, is a personal expression and reinterpretation of our surroundings. This is what makes art alive.
"We also believe that as artists who expose our work in public, we are also duty bound to express our thoughts and opinions especially those regarding our society and the very surroundings that inspire us.
"This is why we have united to convey our message and plea, that Government’s plans to develop an infrastructural project on the site at Żonqor in Marsascala will be a gross mistake.
"Żonqor point is a pristine open area whose beauty lies in the very fact that this area is untouched and raw. It commands unobstructed views of the sea like few other places can offer. It is one of the very few areas where anyone can go and enjoy the peaceful environment.
"Secondly, Marsascala as a locality does not need this project which will set a precedent for further buildings and developments which will only benefit a few speculators. Marsascala is one of the remaining smaller seaside towns. A project of the magnitude being considered by Government would take away this feature which still makes Marsascala unique.
"Beyond all the environment talk, beyond the fact that we also have serious doubts whether this project will really be of an ‘educational’ nature, we also express our disapproval at the way that areas designated to be ODZs can so easily be earmarked for development.
"Malta is very small, open spaces are becoming more limited and the very few sites that we can still claim as open spaces are also being threatened.
"We hereby oppose Government’s plans for this project at Żonqor and stand united that all ODZ areas are to be protected."
The letter was signed by:James Vella Clark, Marisa Attard, Pawlu Mizzi, Celia Borg Cardona, Karen Caruana, Charlot Cassar, Caroline Said Lawrence, Michael Psaila Debono, Jacqui Agius, Shaun Grech, Hilary Spiteri, Clemens Hasengschwandtner;
Mark Sagona, Steffi Agius, Mark Casha, Lewis Zammit, Rachel Galea, Albert Joseph Caruana, Julian Calabrese, Andreana Boldarini, Lara Parker, Denise Borg Millo, Joseph Casapinta, Rene Rossignaud, Maris Zammit, Philippa Darmanin, Corinne Cutajar, Madeleine Gera, Pippa Zammit Cutajar, Alan Montanaro, Marie Louise Kold, Steve Bonello, Jessica Debattista, Frankie Briffa;
Roberta Zammit Cutajar, Paul Scerri, Anna Galea, Anna Grima, Christine Xuereb Seidu, Tonio Mallia, Jason Greenaway, Debbie Caruana Dingli, Miriam Calleja, Carlo Schembri, Romina Delia, Isabel Jakobsen, Caroline Navarro, Henry Grima, Maryanne Grima, Josephine Fenech, Jo Caruana, Teresa Sciberras, Guzeppi Theuma, Claudia Facchetti Camilleri, Liz Vella, Richard J. Caruana, Ivan Grima, Michelle Grima Hammett, Chris Ebejer, Bettina Hutschek, Martina Caruana, Pauleen Attard, Frederick Gingell, Ray Piscopo, Alan Paris, Carmen Wood and Arlette Zammit.