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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...

25 Nov

Old windmills under threat – Joanna Spiteri Staines

Windmills are an iconic part of our landscape and appear as prominent buildings within many of our historic towns. Most of these windmills were built during the period of the Knights in order to help with food production, although some of these windmills were also utilised for the production of gunpowder. The location of these windmills is such that they capture the...

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...