Initiative of Pula citizens to cancel 20-year concession for ski lift in Valovine Bay

first_imgA society that steals public goods from the majority in order to give it away once cannot prosper, point out the Green Istria Association, which sent an open letter to the mayor of Pula and a request from the Pula citizens’ initiative to cancel the 20-year ski lift concession in Valovine Bay.Namely, as the Green Istria Association states in its announcement, during the preparation and beginning of the construction of the ski lift with the accompanying catering facility on the water, the investor made many omissions, which were not sanctioned by any relevant institution. From the illegal filling of maritime property, as well as the fact that the investor or the developer of the Environmental Protection Study did not state that a catering facility is planned on the platform on the sea, to the destruction of the habitat of strictly protected periscopes.Communication is transmitted in full:OPEN LETTER TO THE MAYOR – Request of the initiative of the citizens of Pula for the abolition of the 20-year concession for the ski lift in the Bay of ValovineDear Mayor,The issuance of a 20-year concession for the construction and economic use of a ski lift in Valovine Bay has caused great outrage among citizens for destroying the beauty of Pula’s only shallow sandy beach, so far fully preserved peaceful oasis, ideal for parents with young children and our senior citizens. bus station. The accelerated pace of construction and exploitation of the coast without awareness of the need to protect it calls into question what we love most about our city. Development does not necessarily mean the destruction of the environment and nature. With smarter planning we can develop while preserving natural beauty and values. A ski lift in another bay of already paved shores, with suitable parking, sewers and a road would not provoke opposition. Comments on Facebook due to the construction of a ski lift in Valovine Bay are proof of indignation, suspicions of corruption and dissatisfaction with favoring individual investors to the detriment of the entire community. In other words, citizens do not support such a policy of the City.On Saturday, June 30, citizens protested at the site of the construction of the ski lift, demanding an immediate suspension of works, the abolition of the 20-year concession and the return of the bay to its former state. With large buoys, we marked the area of ​​the ski lift structure, which shocked the protesters even more – most of them could not even imagine that the structure stretches almost the entire bay.As the mayor of Pula, you should know how to recognize the importance and support the citizens who are fighting for the public interest and preserving the exceptional beauty of the city for these and future generations.You have probably noticed for yourself that there is an increasing number of men and women from Pula who are interested in the environment in which they live and are ready to engage in its preservation and improvement. Unfortunately, this does not correspond to the engagement of relevant institutions, including city ones. All of them are “adorned” with slowness, inefficiency, looking through the fingers of great economic interests, neglect of the public interest, “turning their heads to the other side”, which calls into question honesty and legitimizes suspicion of corruption. At best, we can expect only formal work. A good portion of these bodies even violate their own regulations. Such a society cannot prosper. A society that steals the public good from the majority in order to give it away once cannot prosper.The investor demolished the coastal wall, filled the maritime property and the sea with construction stone at the place where the habitat of the strictly protected species is located. That we were right in pointing out the omissions of the authorities and actions for which there are no permits is also shown by the fact that on July 2, 2018, the investor hastily removed the filled gravel from the sea, a beautiful sight for local bathers and tourists. Many citizens sent us pictures of the bay soiled by these works. In the middle of the season. Where were your utility stewards, what did your Board of Directors do for the utility system and assets? Why didn’t you report the illegal dumping of maritime property to the Port Authority?The location and construction permit for the construction of the ski lift does not specify the catering facility on the platform. And here we come to an interesting detail of this case.The preliminary design from the Environmental Protection Study and the preliminary design attached to the Concession Agreement, which you signed, are seemingly the same. Except in essential detail. We attach both documents for easier tracking.Side dish: Idejno_rjesenje_elaborat_MANJI.jpg / Idejno_rjesenje_koncesija_MANJI.jpgIn the preliminary design for the ski lift no. 14-041 from December 2015, which is attached to the Environmental Protection Study, the following are listed as supporting facilities for the ski lift: 14,4 m2 closed + 48,4 m ski lift, 227 m2 access bridge (the accompanying facilities are listed in the text part : prefabricated terrace for preparing skiers, platform for getting out of the water, access bridges and engine room-prefabricated building of 14,4 m2).In the Concession Agreement, the conceptual design is seemingly the same. It has the same number 14-041 and date as the preliminary design from the Environmental Protection Study – December 2015. The difference is that in the annex to the Concession Agreement, the description of the accompanying facilities has been deleted.Please inform the public: How is it possible for conceptual designs to differ?On the basis of which a concession for a catering facility was issued when the Concession Agreement, as well as the preliminary design, does not show exactly where the catering facility is located or how big it is?How is it even possible for a catering facility to be in a concession if it was not provided for in the Environmental Protection Study, and thus neither in the location nor in the construction permit?There are reasons to cancel the 20-year concession for a ski lift, use themThe regulations allow you to terminate the concession. You know this because in 2016, at the request of the citizens, you abolished 9 concession committees for economic activities on Galeb’s Rocks, without much explanation. In accordance with the Concessions Act (Art. 71) and the Maritime Property Act (Art. 29), you can unilaterally terminate the concession agreement. The concessionaire may be deprived of the concession for several reasons, for example due to the protection of the public interest or if the concessionaire does not sufficiently protect the maritime domain and does not implement measures and actions for the protection of nature. Which we proved. When performing the works (so far initial), the investor did not take into account the habitat of the strictly protected periscope that stretches along the entire bay. Habitat destruction by embankment was documented by underwater images. The works should be urgently covered so that the damage would not be done to the entire habitat within the scope of the construction of 3 hectares.At the beginning of the permitting process, ie in the Environmental Protection Study, the investor in the assessment procedure on the need to assess the impact of the project on the environment “failed” to state several important facts about the project:- that the intervention of 3 hectares is planned on the habitat of strictly protected periscopes;. to plan a catering facility on the platform on the sea;- that the coast and the sea will be filled.This incomplete document was the basis for the County of Istria to unreasonably determine that it is not necessary to conduct an environmental impact assessment, which does not justify them because we pointed out all their shortcomings during the public debate. Therefore, environmental and nature protection measures are not prescribed for the project. If he had honestly described the habitat of the periscope, the investor might not have been allowed the intervention or he would have been prescribed appropriate environmental measures. It is quite clear that the investor has withheld many features of the project in order to more easily obtain the necessary permits.Therefore, we believe that the concession should be urgently terminated and the investor advised to make a new Environmental Study which will describe the true state of the seabed of the site, consider all possible negative impacts on the environment and nature and ALL parts of the proposed project, including offshore catering . Also advise him to suggest an alternative location for a ski lift with less negative impact on nature and the landscape.There are many other strange circumstances related to the works on the realization of this project, so please explain them to the public:- who allowed the investor to fill the shore and the sea with gravel from the quarry without the assessment procedure on the need for environmental impact assessment (mandatory according to Annex II of the Decree on Amendments to the Decree on Environmental Impact Assessment, point 9.12. – interventions for which implement OPUO: all interventions that include embankment of the sea shore, deepening and drying of the seabed and construction of buildings in and on the sea of ​​length 50 m and more) ?;Will it therefore bear the consequences?- who allowed the investor to work on the coast and the sea in the middle of the bathing season?- who allowed the investor to use the coastal road with heavy vehicles, when it is obvious in what condition it is and that such vehicles will further damage it, and maybe because of that it will collapse?- how is it possible that the construction site or the use of the road was not marked with appropriate traffic signs?The initiative of the citizens of Pula to cancel the concession for the ski lift and Green IstriaRelated news: The case of the ski lift in Valovine: the relevant institutions have either not done at all or have done their job poorly – we urge them to do so now – URGENTlast_img

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