Balzan Trees: 15 will be removed – Minister blames security

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Due to the Central Link infrastructure project, the Government said that 15 trees must be removed. The number increased by 13 in recent days after it became known that two trees in the Balzan Valley Road will be removed to make room for the widening of the road.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Transport, the Government said that this is done as a safety measure. The statement also said the Government will plant 300 additional trees and said that this is done to double the amount of trees in the area from 300 to 600.

Transport Minister Ian Borg said that discussions are underway between technical experts, architects and representatives of the Environment Authority and Resources (ERA), the Directorate of Parks and other agencies, led to the cutting of less trees than originally foreseen.

The 15 trees are Pinus Helapensis.

Old wall to be demolished

Meanwhile, this morning work began on the part of the road where the old wall stood.

Several residents Balzan had written against this project because they said they are killing the cultural and environmental heritage left in the area.

Resident talking with Newsbook.com.mt wrote about this demolition and said that there is no permission to demolish this wall. They also published an old photograph which shows some Maltese in the same road which will now be expanded.