Press Releases

Is MEPA Reform Working?

  During this week’s MEPA hearing on the Xewkija supermarket, members of the Environment and Planning Commission (EPC) raised three fundamental objections: – The LIDL store is going to be situated on a main road which is going to create a dangerous situation due to lack of turning space within the car park. Trailers......

Press Release issued on: 05/05/2012

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MEPA Recommends Approval of Supermarket in Water-Valley

    The NGOs Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Ramblers Association of Malta, Din l-Art Ħelwa, Friends of the Earth (Malta), Malta Organic Agriculture Movement, Gozo University Group and NatureTrust Malta are concerned about the number of questionable recommendations for approval of applications being issued by the MEPA......

Press Release issued on: 02/05/2012

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MEPA’s idea of Environmental Justice

    At a time when MEPA has been taking some sensible decisions, it was extremely disappointing to see the Planning Directorate recommend approval of a block of apartments that, if built, would wall up the windows of the block behind it. Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar and the St. Julian’s Residents’ Association maintain......

Press Release issued on: 18/04/2012

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Gambling Shops in the Three Cities

  PROLIFERATION OF GAMBLING SHOPS IN THE THREE CITIES A betting shop has been applied for in a historic palazzo on Senglea’s main road, a location that hundreds of children pass by on their way to school, church or the Legion of Mary premises. One month ago, Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar, the Friends of Cottonera Forum and......

Press Release issued on: 16/04/2012

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Change At MEPA

  As part of its role to raise awareness of developments in the environmental field, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar (FAA) reminds members of the public that they are now able to take a much more active role in the processing of permits; where in the past registered objectors were often not allowed to speak at MEPA hearings,......

Press Release issued on: 20/03/2012

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Ongoing Heritage Abuse

  Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar (FAA) is outraged at the latest destruction of Malta’s heritage carried out by a developer at the Palazz ta’ Rohan, Main Street Balzan, where a development application that was hotly contested by Balzan residents and Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar had been refused by the MEPA Board. FAA had......

Press Release issued on: 06/03/2012

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FAA welcomes Urban Regeneration Scheme that helps Create Employment

  Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar (FAA) welcomes the scheme that has just been launched promoting sustainable urban regeneration. The scheme encourages investment in restoration, conservation and maintenance of privately-owned Grade 1 and Grade 2 scheduled residential properties or homes located within Urban Conservation Areas......

Press Release issued on: 18/02/2012

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Conclusion of Drugs Court Case

  Heritage and environment group Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar (FAA) welcomes the decision to reduce the height of the Drugs Court building and urges the MEPA boards to ensure that the negative impact of the additional floors is reversed completely. In order to avoid a repeat of such cases, the existing regulatory frameworks......

Press Release issued on: 10/02/2012

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What Price Justice?

  Two houses between Strait Street and Old Bakery street Valletta have been built up to a height of eight storeys to house the judges and staff of the new Drugs Court. This eyesore which can be seen from a distance has provoked widespread outrage. A planning authority spokesman was reported as saying: “Although Valletta......

Press Release issued on: 23/01/2012

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Tigne – MEPA Reform or Deform?

  Few were surprised when on the 19th January the MEPA Board approved the Tigne North plans to build three more blocks, two rising to fourteen storeys, comprising a further 102 apartments, plus shops and offices. The only concession to the current economic situation is the cancellation of the T20 tower block…three other......

Press Release issued on: 20/01/2012

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