Mistra Village

04 Dec

Protest with us next Saturday!

Dear Friends and members,   You will have heard by now that we have obtained a permit to stage the Environment Protest March next Saturday 7th December 1030 at the same time, also starting at City Gate with a better route as we have been allowed to walk down to the Law Courts.    I know setting off on an initiative the second time around is a rather...

04 Dec

Rejection of Commissioner’s findings indicates that government has no intention of protecting the environment

Press Release 4th December 2013 Din l-Art Helwa has expressed its disappointment at the outright rejection by Parliamentary Secretary for Planning Dr Michael Farrugia of the report of the Commissioner for Environment and Planning following his investigation into the procedures that led to the granting of permits for the redevelopment of Mistra Village.   The Commissioner found that the NGO was justified when it instigated its request to revoke the planning decisions by Mepa that are...

02 Dec

Revocation of Mistra permit is justified says Environment and Planning Commissioner

Press Release 2nd December 2013 The Final Report by the Environment and Planning Commissioner in the Office of the Ombudsman on the investigation into the granting of development permits by MEPA for a high rise complex at MistraVillage has found the revocation of the permits to be justified.  The investigation was requested by Din l-Art Helwa when the organisation invoked Article 77...

23 Nov

Citizens to march in defence of the environment

Environment groups and citizens concerned that Government is not fulfilling its obligations to defend their right to a healthy environment are to raise their voices in protest against the introduction of new planning regulations that relax building restrictions and will bring further over-development of the country. A protest march organised on Saturday 30 November in Valletta will demand that government...

01 Nov

Notes about Mistra – UPDATED

by Petra Caruana Dingli At around the time when the outline permit for Mistra Village was granted in 2008 and I was involved with Din l-Art Helwa, I had written articles in the press voicing my disagreement with the project. Four years later, when I was director for environmental protection at MEPA in 2012 the project came up again. While acknowledging...

30 Oct

Mistra Village project design not acceptable, says Din l-Art Helwa

The proposed Mistra Village project lies on a ridge and will have a huge and permanent visual impact on the surrounding area, states Din l-Art Helwa, adding that that no high-rise buildings should be constructed on ridges.  The organisation is set firmly against this project in principle and finds its design ordinary, and against the requirements of the Local...

27 Oct

Din l-Art Helwa demands that outline permit for Mistra Village development is revoked

Press Release – 26th October 2013 NGO invokes Article 77 of the Environment and Planning Act Din L-Art Helwa intends to stand its ground regarding the outline permit for the redevelopment of MistraVillage at Xemxija, a project which the organisation describes as ‘monstrous’.  Din l-Art Helwa has written to the Mepa Board  stating that the approval of the outline development...