Media Statements

19 Oct

Din l-Art Helwa welcomes reversal of decision by PA

Press Release Din l-Art Ħelwa notes with satisfaction that the Planning Authority has reversed a previous decision to prevent the publication of information on applications for major projects until the completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment, or until the relative documentation was deemed to be complete. The decision of the Planning Authority to withhold this information from the public realm was considered...

10 Oct

E-NGOs file court action against Ahrax and Mizieb Agreements

9 October 2020 ENGOs file court action against Ahrax and Mizieb Agreements Several NGOs and individuals have filed a judicial protest against Minister Ian Borg, Parliamentary Secretary Chris Agius and the Lands Authority for authorising an agreement which would see large tracts of land at L-Ahrax and Mizieb being granted to the FKNK under some form of concessionary agreement. The NGOs slammed the...

16 Aug

Authorities dragging their feet over fuel stations

PRESS RELEASE Din l-Art Helwa notes that the saga on the fuel station relocation policy goes on, with the risk that yet more land outside development zone is lost to the unquenchable thirst for such facilities whilst a proper policy is being drawn up. The preparation of the update of the fuel stations policy was first announced in January 2018. Sixteen...

13 Aug

Vernacular buildings need protection too

PRESS RELEASE Din l-Art Helwa congratulates the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage and the Planning Authority for the scheduling of ten further buildings of historic importance. We urge both the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage and the Planning Authority to further their efforts in a nationwide exercise for scheduling of the many historic properties which are as yet awaiting such a degree of...

04 Jul

Crowdfunding Initiative to appeal against further development in Dwejra

PRESS RELEASE Din l-Art Helwa is most concerned about the recent decision to allow further development of a catering establishment at Dwejra on Gozo, which is a Natura 2000 site, a Dark Sky Heritage area, and also a Designated Special Protection Area under the Wild Birds Directive. Following the decision by the Environment and Planning...

13 May

Undeclared plans of Cold War facility underneath St. George’s Barracks revealed – NGOs request Emergency Conservation Order

Joint NGO Press Statement 11/05/19   Following the Planning Authority’s approval of the db Group project in St. George’s Bay last year, three local councils, several NGOs and residents came together to appeal the decision.   Now plans and evidence have come to light showing the existence of an underground Cold War bunker created to house a sub-station in the 1950s,...

27 Apr

Din l-Art Helwa condemns Burmarrad fuel station permit

Din l-Art Helwa Press Release 27 April 2019   Din l-Art Helwa condemns the decision by the Planning Board to grant a permit to a new petrol station in Burmarrad.  This decision is especially objectionable since the government has already accepted that the fuel stations policy is flawed and requires revision. The government has however failed to provide a sound and timely policy review on...

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...