Appellants of the Central Link Project have called out Infrastructure Malta for starting works even though the Court of Appeal has not yet decided on the matter. They stated that this is a clear sign that the project was always a “fait accomplit”; a done deal, from when it was conceived.
NGO Bicycle Advocacy Group, on behalf of the project appellants, stated that tenders for the project were issued long before the planning permit.
On Tuesday morning, Infrastructure Malta’s contractors started the Central Link Project. This €55 million investment created considerable controversy since it’s construction meant the removal of hundreds of trees. The government had later said that some trees would be relocated. The mayor of the locality mainly affected, Attard, also opposed the scheme.
In a statement, they described how the appellants in the Central Link case condemn this as a travesty of justice as stakeholders’ rights cannot reasonably be respected, if “fields are asphalted over, trees uprooted, vernacular structures demolished and the central vista leading up to Mdina forever destroyed to be replaced by a four-lane busy car highway.”
The appellants in the Central Link case got wind that works were about to start before the Christmas period, and filed a prohibitory injunction in an attempt to prevent this from happening, at least until the Court of Appeal could decide on the matter. The First Hall of the Civil Court decided that since the Court of Appeal judgment was imminent, any works carried out would not be irreversible and there would be no irrevocable prejudice.