THE government has criticised the Gibraltar Heritage Trust’s reaction to the proposed car park at Grand Parade.
It has described comments by the trust about the way in which the scheme was launched as ‘totally without foundation’.
It comes after the trust claimed the plans ‘has not been alluded to in any manifesto or more importantly in the recently (March 2017) launched Sustainable Transport and Traffic Plan.’
However, according to the government, the announcement stated that the tabling of the project before the development and planning commission will mark the formal start of the consultation process.
“The tone of their statement is particularly unfair because the Government has invested hugely in heritage projects all over Gibraltar,” said a press release.
It then highlighted the positive impact the government had made on other heritage-sensitive projects, including the refurbishment and beautification of Wellington Front, the continuing progress at the Northern Defence and the restoration and relocation of the MOD gatehouse.
“A government has to balance conservation and development and sometimes the scales will tilt towards one side and on other occasions, the balance will tilt to the other.”
“It would have been practically impossible to develop areas such as Casemates, the leisure centre and the university, which were all on the site of old military facilities if successive Governments had adopted a fundamentalist approach to Heritage matters.”
It concluded that the ‘historical’ parking problem Alameda Estate, of Trafalgar House, and particularly those who live in the southern end of Main Street and the southern Upper Town residents face is a priority it has a duty to deal with.