Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
The Cospicua Sectional Committee within the Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) has objected to the American University of Malta (AUM) campus in its locality. It stated that the extension will take away the only open space that is available for residents in the area.
This was declared in a press release issued by the Sectional Committee. The committee also stated that the three cities (Cospicua, Senglea and Vittoriosa) have their signature identity and that such an extension will jeopardise the architectural and historical heritage of the area and limit the picturesque views.
The sectional committee also noted that the AUM had already taken the area which was planned and developed to serve as Cospicua’s Police Station.
In light of all this, it is appealing to the government and the Planning Authority to not remain insensitive when it comes to the needs of the residents in the Cottonera and to preserve the area’s architectural and historic heritage.
Meanwhile, a petition objecting to the AUM campus extension is circulating on social media. This petition comes from an initiative by a civil action group that goes by the name of “Azzjoni: tuna Artna Lura/Action: Give us Back our Land”. The civil action group have explained that they will be organising a number of other activities in the coming days, prior to the 26th September meeting at the Planning Authority.
Back in August 2019, the Senglea Local Council had unanimously agreed on sending a formal objection to the Planning Authority in relation to the AUM proposal for a parking permit in Triq 31 ta’ Marzu and a dormitory within the parking area in Triq San Pawl in Cospicua.
The local council insisted that the Senglea residents should have access to the shore around Cospicua and Senglea. They also said that proposals for extended parking area should also include the local residents pro rata.