Five NGOs - Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar, Friends of the Earth Malta, Ramblers Association of Malta, NatureTrust and Save Wied Garnaw Action Group have welcomed reports that rejection of  the Ta' Cenc project in Gozo is highly probable as indicated by a report from MEPA's planning directorate seen by The Sunday Times. The recommendation to refuse the permit for the controversial Ta' Cenc complex in Gozo was made due to the fact that if such a permit is granted, the authority would subsequently find difficulties in resisting similar proposals which would endanger and erode Gozo's open and rural character.

The environmentalists said this was wise advice that would also apply to Gozo's other mega-projects, since it is known that the headlands of both Ramla and Hondoq have already been eyed for eventual development by speculators.

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