News

26 Mar

DAMAGE TO THE NEWLY RESTORED RED TOWER

Din l-Art Ħelwa appeals to the public for any information about the extensive damage caused recently to the Red Tower, Mellieha, and asks those who caused it, whether by accident or by design, to come forward to cover the costs so the heritage organization can urgently repair the damage caused. It has been reported that a passerby, seeing the state...

13 Mar

Planning, gone to the pits – Alex Torpiano

We need checks and controls to reduce impact of the powerful and rich lobbies. Last August, I wrote refusing Johann Buttigieg’s testimony that equated developers lobbying for their projects with eNGOs acting against inappropriate project proposals. Read more ...

12 Mar

AGM 2021 FINANCIAL REPORT

Annual Report for year ended 31st December 2020 We have all experienced the unprecedented effects of 2020 and the difficulties resulting from COVID19, be it in jobs, health and societal interactions. In addition, our built and natural environment continued to face a relentless assault. Read more ...

06 Mar

AGM 2021 ADDRESS BY EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT

  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  24 FEBRUARY 2021 ADDRESS BY EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT PROFESSOR ALEX TORPIANO Good Evening. Welcome to this very particular AGM, held in a difficult pandemic situation. This past year was the 55th anniversary of the foundation of Din l-Art Helwa, but unfortunately we...

03 Mar

THE DIN L-ART ĦELWA XV ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS

DIN L-ART ĦELWA ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF XV EDITION ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE AWARDS On the 26th February, the award ceremony for the XV edition of the Din l-Art Ħelwa Awards for Architectural Heritage took place at Our Lady of Victory Church, Valletta. The prizes were presented by the Honorable Clayton Bartolo, Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection, who congratulated the winners on their...

01 Dec

Hal Ferħ – Government approves Government proposal

On Monday 30th November, the Environment and Development Planning Parliamentary Committee approved the proposal by the Planning Authority to make a partial change to the 2006 North West Local Plan, and to the 2008 Hal Ferħ Development Brief, to allow permanent residences within the Hal Ferħ complex. A number of NGOs had highlighted the incongruity of the Planning...

25 Nov

The farce has to stop – Alex Torpiano

The Planning Authority farce of protecting heritage buildings while burying them under multi-storey extensions is changing into a tragedy. The misguided concept of protecting Grade 2 scheduled properties but allowing them to be overpowered by multi-storey extensions, perched on top of the ‘protected’ facades, has been called out many times by Din l-Art Ħelwa, and others. The debacle in Spinola...