Media Statements

07 Sep

Joseph Muscat should assume responsibility for blatant conflict of interest appointment

Joint press statement 7/09/2020 NGOs  condemned Joseph Muscat’s defence of his appointment of a Planning Authority employee to the appeals Tribunal.   Joseph Muscat appointed Martin Saliba to the appeals tribunal, which decides on Planning Authority cases, whilst Saliba was on leave from the PA, and with the assurance that Saliba would retain his job at the PA after his stint on the Tribunal. "This is a blatant...

01 Sep

NGOs call for investigation of EPRT Chairperson’s conflict of interest

Joint Press Statement 01/09/2020  Martin Saliba was neither impartial, nor independent in role as adjudicator A group of NGOs is requesting a full-scale investigation into the practices that have led to a PA employee being appointed head of the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal. On Sunday 30th August, The Sunday Times has revealed how Martin Saliba, former chairperson of the EPRT, was...

05 Jul

DIN L-ART HELWA PRESS RELEASE 4 JULY 2019

  Crowdfunding Initiative to appeal against further development in Dwejratage Area, and a designated Special Protection Area under the Wild Birds Directive. The Environment and Planning Review Tribunal (EPRT) recently overturned the Planning Authority’s refusal for further development at this site Din l-Art Ħelwa is most concerned about the recent decision to allow further development of a catering establishment at Dwejra on Gozo,...

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,...

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...