Blogs

30 Oct

Kissing ODZ goodbye – Part I

by Alan Deidun The recently-launched proposals for the revision of ODZ policies (downloadable from www.mepa.org.mt/public-consultation) are being  touted as being absolutely justifiable and are being branded and marketed in terms of appealing motivations, ranging from ‘giving agrotourism a sorely-needed boost’ or ‘giving genuine farmers the possibility to expand their activities’. However, if one cares to scratch beyond the surface, one...

28 Oct

Australia Hall – It is only a colonial building

by Conrad Thake The former Australia Hall in Pembroke is today a sad carcass of a once dignified public building, with its interior totally gutted out and left in a state of utter dilapidation. During World War I (1914-1918), Malta had a special role to play as a nursing station within the...

27 Oct

The Demolition Solution

    by Petra Caruana Dingli The MEPA Board has approved the demolition of three very old houses right next to the Naxxar parish church. They reasoned that the houses are dilapidated and do not “lend themselves to the current social and economic needs”. They considered that the village cores should...

23 Oct

Giving legitimacy to Montekristo Estates?

by Alan Deidun Polidano Brothers (known locally through the monicker of Caqnu) are not new to controversy….it seems that every misdemeamour they commit instils a brew of awe and schadenfreude in the general public. Just 7 months ago, enforcement officers moved in to seal off a site next to the tycoons’ premises in Hal Farrug in Luqa which was being previously...

20 Oct

The Opinion of the Kummissjoni Ambjent

by Petra Caruana Dingli An ‘Opinion Paper‘ published this week by the environmental arm of the Maltese church, the Kummissjoni Interdjocesana Ambjent, does not pull its punches. Will the government take note? Don’t hold your breath. The Kummissjoni picks up where it left off in an earlier paper of 2007, and joins a growing number of...

14 Oct

Privatising even more of our coast

by Alan Deidun It seems that neither the boathouse phenomenon, the selling-off for a paltry sum of prime coastal sites in St. Julian’s for hotel development, illegal kiosk development, nor plonking caravans or sobering statistics themselves are enough to stave off further development of our beloved coast. Take Sliema. With its quintessential...

12 Oct

Changing the development boundaries

by Petra Caruana Dingli Every now and again we are reminded that the development boundaries are not going to be extended, such as this week on Reporter. If this is repeated often enough, people might believe that the areas outside the development zones (ODZ) are secure. This is not to say that the boundaries are unimportant –...

08 Oct

Valletta Life

by Petra Caruana Dingli While the ‘Notte Bianca’ event held on Saturday attracted crowds into Valletta, the Independent reminded its readers that the city has so much more potential to attract people in the evenings throughout the year, and was concerned that Valletta is often a ‘dark and silent’ place at night. I agree absolutely that...