Media Articles

13 Oct

Nature Park instead of Golf Course

Times of Malta, 13th May 2007 – The government has decided not to go ahead with the planned golf course at ix-Xaghra l-Hamra and will instead build a nature and history park which will be five times the size of Valletta, the Prime Minister announced yesterday. It was his second major ‘green’ decision in days, having on Thursday decided to...

13 Oct

Enforcement ODZ

Letter to the Times of Malta 3 August 2007– Din l-Art Helwa and other environmental NGOs have long been concerned about the persistent lack of sufficient action taken on illegal buildings in areas outside the development zone (ODZ). This inaction gave far too much rein to individuals who chose to break the law and build rooms or extensions without a...

13 Oct

NGOs take over management of il-Majjistral Park

Times of Malta 28 January 2008 – Nature and heritage lovers may want to reserve one of their Sunday mornings for a guided walk at Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park after the government yesterday formally entrusted its management to three NGOs. The park, which stretches along the coast from Golden Bay to Anchor Bay in the limits of Mellieħa, will be...

12 Oct

Ghadira road: My way or no way won’t do

The Sunday Times of Malta, 30 November 2008 – Editorial Austin Gatt seems to have forgotten in a more complete sense than most of his Cabinet colleagues – and in some cases their sense of amnesia has been pretty acute – that the Nationalist Party won the last election by just 1,500 votes. That result happened for a reason: the electorate were...

30 Sep

Ghadira road plans include car parks

Times of Malta, 29 November 2008, by Cynthia Busuttil Two car parks will be built on either end of the popular Għadira bay if the government goes ahead with its plan to replace the existing road, The Times has learned. The Transport Ministry said plans have not yet been finalised but the car parks will “almost certainly” not be underground. One car park...

04 Oct

Ulysses Lodge development: battle won but not the war

Malta Independent on Sunday, 4 October 2009 The opponents of the once-proposed Ulysses Lodge development overlooking Gozo’s Ramla Bay feel they have won a major battle, but the outcome of the war is still to be determined. The Malta Environment and Planning Authority’s board of appeal on Friday rejected, in finality, an appeal lodged by the developers against the DCC board’s rejection...

09 Nov

Ramla petitions reopened, closed again as EPP requests proof appeal is ongoing

The Malta Independent on Sunday, 9th November 2008, by David Lindsay – An agreement was reached this week to reopen the petitions against the proposed tourist development at Ramla Bay, which were dropped by the European Parliament’s Petitions Committee under dubious circumstances last month. They were, however, closed again the next day following objections made by European Peoples Party representatives, who have...

02 Nov

Deception on Ramla Bay development exposed

The Malta Independent on Sunday, 2nd November 2008, by David Lindsay An audio recording and documents from the European Parliament Petitions Committee obtained by The Malta Independent on Sunday have revealed what appears to be a concerted pattern of deception over the controversial application to develop a tourist complex at the Ulysses Lodge site at Ramla Bay, Gozo. They also expose how...

26 Sep

From ‘nicest heap of stones’ to concrete jungle

Times of Malta, 26th September 2008 – Editorial News confirming that Malta is by far the most crowded country in the European Union adds to the frustration of those prone to feeling claustrophobic living in such restricted land space. This may explain why more and more people are travelling abroad nowadays. One consolation perhaps is that the island is very close...