Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
The controversial development application for the construction of a home for the elderly in the rural l-Għadir area in Żurrieq has been withdrawn by the applicant’s architect.
The news was announced on the Save l-Għadir Facebook page, which brought together those opposed to the project. The page’s administrators welcomed the news, stating that it was possible due to the effort of residents, local councils and NGOs.
They also specifically thanked Moviment Graffitti, whilst warning that people had to be vigilant to continue safeguarding l-Għadir and other rural areas. Graffitti itself welcomed the news, stating that it showed that “united, we win against the greed of the few.”
ODZ land often eyed for homes for the elderly
The application was the latest in a series of plans to build a home for the elderly in areas outside of the development zone, where land prices would be lower.
In 2016, area residents, the Naxxar and Għargħur local councils and NGOs Flimkien għal-Ambjent Aħjar, the Ramblers Association and Front Ħarsien ODZ had grouped together to oppose plans to build a home for the elderly in an ODZ area on the Naxxar-Għargħur border. However, their efforts were unsuccessful as the plan was approved by the Planning Authority in 2017.
Plans to build another home for the elderly in ODZ land also surfaced in 2017, this time in an area in Vittoriosa overlooking the Wied tal-Ħawli. The city’s local council had backed the project, but this time round, the PA rejected it, with the mayor casting the only vote in favour.