Campaigns

29 Mar

Din l-Art Helwa supports protest outside Planning Authority

Press Release Din l-Art Helwa expresses its support for the aims of the direct action by Moviment Graffiti, who are currently camping outside the Planning Authority’s premises in Floriana. The protest rightly highlights the PA’s failure to amend the fuel service station policy. Din l-Art Helwa joins the protesters in slamming the Planning Authority’s utter incompetence, by having failed to provide a...

22 Mar

DLH slams MDA proposal to ‘reassign’ floor area to further boost construction

PRESS RELEASE Din l-Art Helwa is firmly opposed to the latest proposal by the Malta Developers Association, which, as reported in the media, effectively requests the Prime Minister to facilitate construction in locations, or on scales which are currently not permitted, with the claimed objective of protecting urban conservation areas. At the MDA’s annual general meeting earlier this year, their president had...

02 Nov

SAVING VILLA ST IGNATIUS

Conservation Architect Perit Edward Said will be giving a protest lecture on Thursday 8 November at St Ignatius Church Sliema  ...

28 Jun

Demand for holistic urban sustainable development and green transport projects

We are a group of environmental NGOs, voluntary organisations and active citizens who wish to voice our concerns in unison and feel the urgent need to put forward an alternative vision to the way urban development and transport projects are being planned and executed. We believe piecemeal projects such as the Kappara Junction, Marsa Junction, and the Central Link Project,...

03 Jun

Mixed Views on Maltese Heritage, by Petra Caruana Dingli

The temperature is rising at the Planning Authority. This week activists protested against the government policy to allow what appears to be an endless stream of new, large petrol stations in the countryside. This policy was introduced in 2015 and its disastrous consequences are now becoming tangible. The public objected loudly at a planning board meeting, calling on the authority...

04 May

Our Legacy – Wirtna 18/04/2018

We spend most of our lives within the built environment, be it at home, at a place of work, or whilst participating in education, business or relaxation. The state of the built environment has a major impact on the quality of life of all the citizens of these islands. Rapid changes are taking place, dramatically and irreversibly transforming the distinctive architectural...

03 May

Tribunal sends Townsquare project back to the Planning Authority

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT – TOWNSQUARE APPEAL DECISION In a joint statement, the Tas-Sliema Local Council, together with NGOs Din l-Art Ħelwa, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Friends of the Earth Malta, Ramblers, Qui Si Sana and Tigne Residents Association and other organisations expressed their satisfaction at the outcome of yesterday’s Appeal Tribunal decision regarding the Townsquare development. The Environment and Planning Review Tribunal...

13 Mar

An incinerator comes to town, by Petra Caruana Dingli

Our ancestors in centuries gone by did not throw things away. They used and re-used whatever they could. An unintended consequence of rising living standards since the 1960s is the increased generation of waste. Affluence creates more rubbish than poverty. People buy and consume more products and packaging, and discard much more. Nowadays many items are even specifi­cally intended for single...