Central Link: NGOs reach crowdfunding target in less than 24 hours

Fourteen non-governmental organisations have crowdfunded €20,000 in less than 24 hours, which will be used to challenge the Central Link project.

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“Today, residents and common citizens have shown that the opposition to this project is far more widespread than government has expected,” the NGOs and the Attard Residents Environmental Network (AREN) said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

The NGOs added that they are overwhelmed by the support that they have received over the last hours.

The NGOs will now be discussing the next steps with their legal team. Those who would like to donate to the cause, can still do so.

The organisations are: Bicycle Advocacy Group, BirdLife Malta, Din l-Art Ħelwa, Friends of the Earth Malta, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Futur Ambjent Wieħed, Għaqda Bdiewa Attivi, Għaqda Siġar Maltin, Isles of the Left Malta, Youth in Agriculture Foundation, Moviment Graffitti, Nature Trust Malta, Ramblers Association, The Archaeological Society Malta.

The controversial Central Link Project was recently approved by the Planning Authority. A number of objections and alternative recommendations were presented by groups and entities like the Attard Residents Environmental Network and the Bicycle Advocacy Group.

Critics see the infrastructure project widening of roads, increasing traffic and congestion, as well as destroying agricultural farmland and trees.

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