Dear Sir,

In the midst of a climate emergency and on International Environment Day, Together Gibraltar is alarmed to learn of the progression of the plans of hundreds of parking spaces being built under the comprehensive schools, not only an environmental, but a formidable security risk. 

As far back as March last year, party leader Marlene Hassan Nahon asked questions in Parliament about the safety of these parking spots underneath the schools, and was assured that “Government is going to provide the most secure schools possible for our children”. We then press released again in December last year highlighting the security risk with no good answer forthcoming from the Government.

Constant building projected over the next few years leaves concerns about air, noise and marine pollution and we have the added problem of the disposal of the contaminated pile of rubble on the Eastside. Together Gibraltar requests, on the behalf of the people of Gibraltar, what exact measures are being taken with regards to protecting our health and the steps being implemented due to the Climate Emergency.

Further, we call on Government to explain the reasons for its lack of solar panelling and renewable energy incentives that it promised to incorporate since 2011 on the housing estates they were going to build, and then built without such incorporation.

It is ironic that while children are in Commonwealth park this morning for Environment Day, being told to walk and take the bus to school to reduce traffic pollution, that at the same time Government are forging ahead to not only build their schools on main highways, but to force them to breathe polluted air by planned hundreds of parkings under the schools. It is a misdemeanour that Government are not leading on the climate emergency which is being emphasised by the children themselves.

Together Gibraltar pledges that when we get into Government we will not only put the safety and security of the citizens of Gibraltar as our priority, we will lead on climate emergency matters for the benefit of future generations.

Marlene Hassan Nahon,