Press Releases

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...

16 Aug

Authorities dragging their feet over fuel stations

PRESS RELEASE Din l-Art Helwa notes that the saga on the fuel station relocation policy goes on, with the risk that yet more land outside development zone is lost to the unquenchable thirst for such facilities whilst a proper policy is being drawn up. The preparation of the update of the fuel stations policy was first announced in January 2018. Sixteen...

13 Aug

Vernacular buildings need protection too

PRESS RELEASE Din l-Art Helwa congratulates the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage and the Planning Authority for the scheduling of ten further buildings of historic importance. We urge both the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage and the Planning Authority to further their efforts in a nationwide exercise for scheduling of the many historic properties which are as yet awaiting such a degree of...

30 Jul

Onslaught on heritage in the heart of Sliema

PRESS RELEASE The unbridled onslaught on Urban Conservation Areas in the very heart of Sliema is set to continue, says heritage NGO Din l-Art Helwa, if a planning application for the demolition of a complete stretch of five row houses, part of the traditional streetscape of Depiro Street, goes through. The proposal is for the wholesale demolition of five row houses from the early...

04 Jul

Crowdfunding Initiative to appeal against further development in Dwejra

PRESS RELEASE Din l-Art Helwa is most concerned about the recent decision to allow further development of a catering establishment at Dwejra on Gozo, which is a Natura 2000 site, a Dark Sky Heritage area, and also a Designated Special Protection Area under the Wild Birds Directive. Following the decision by the Environment and Planning...

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,...

30 Apr

Din l-Art Helwa Press Release 27 April 2019

Din l-Art Helwa condemns the decision by the Planning Board to grant a permit to a new petrol station in Burmarrad.  This decision is especially objectionable since the government has already accepted that the fuel stations policy is flawed and requires revision. The government has however failed to provide a sound and timely policy review on the relocation of fuel stations...