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In Sardinia, the right wants to destroy the ancient coasts for real estate

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04.07.2020

Reportage. Among the archaeological areas at risk is the Punic necropolis at Tuvixeddu. At least two-thirds of the necropolis has already been destroyed by the real estate policies in operation between the 1950s and 1960s.

written by Valentina Porcheddu

Topic Italy

CAGLIARI, Italy

July 4, 2020

The center-right majority controlling the local government in Sardinia has proposed a bill that aims to modify the Regional Landscape Plan (PPR)—protection rules that since 2006 have preserved the island’s coast from property speculation and cementification. On Wednesday, the Regional Council took up the legislation on Wednesday and has continued discussions and all week, with Thursday’s debate lasting until 3:30 a.m., when it was adjourned for Friday. The opposition is waging a tough battle against the assault of the majority, and is using filibuster tactics, filing no less than 690 amendments to the proposed bill, of which 500 still have to be debated.

With this proposal—with the ostensive goal of completing the construction of a four-lane road between Sassari and Alghero, which has faced objections from the Superintendence of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the provinces of Sassari and Nuoro—the center-right wants to “correct” the PPR in order to circumvent the landscape preservation constraints, both regional and national. The center-left minority has prepared for a fight, convinced that the four-lane road project is only a pretext to attack “protected areas” such as agricultural areas, the land along the coast and identity-related heritage.

The center-right has the numbers to achieve its goals, and the group leaders have already reminded their councilmembers that it is essential for them to be present in order to avoid the possibility of not reaching the quorum. On the side of defending the PPR, the center-left is in full agreement with the........

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