The Government has issued the following statement:
It is incredible that the GSD are still of the opinion that they would have continued with their plans for Dementia Residential Unit at the Royal Naval Hospital site had they remained in Government.
Opposition spokesperson for Social Services, Mrs Isobel Ellul-Hammond, brazenly stated in Parliament during the course of her budget address that the GSD's plans for this place were perfectly acceptable and well within the guidelines and recommendations for NHS registered elderly homes and, had they continued in office, they would have continued with the facility as planned. She says that the single rooms measuring 9.62m2 are an accepted size for the restoration of an existing historical building.
In January the Government deployed temporary turbines in the North Mole in order to give Gibraltar enough capacity to cover its electricity needs. Since then, say the Government, any power cuts have not been due to lack of generating capacity but mainly due to the aging infrastructure which had not been properly maintained, a problem that is now finally being addressed.
Following this, the two old power stations in the South District have been switched off at night. The Department of the Environment has now analysed the data from two air quality monitoring stations in the South District, one at Rosia Road and another at Witham's Road.