News

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...

09 Sep

An open letter to Aaron Farrugia – Godfrey Swain

  Dear minister Aaron Farrugia, if you have ever had the pleasure of driving into San Lawrenz from the north-west approach from Għarb through the hamlet of San Pietru you will be rewarded with a picturesque, beautiful village skyline reminiscent of a time gone by as you enter the village through Triq Il-Wileġ, a...

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...

29 Aug

A question of very different lobbyists – Alex Torpiano

In a recent testimony to the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the former executive chairman of the Planning Authority testified on the business meals that he had had with Yorgen Fenech. When questioned, he equated the pressure that developers exert, in order to get permission to build more and higher, with the pressure of eNGOs who lobby...

31 Jul

GUIDELINES COVID 19

For the health and safety of visitors, Din l-Art Ħelwa advises that we are observing the following regulations: Visitors must endeavour to observe the 2 metre social distancing rule. Maximum capacity of each building is communicated at each site. Acrylic shields have been fixed for your safety to reception desks where these are manned. We will ask you to provide us with your contact...