AUM extension protest to focus on Maltese Heritage

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A protest objecting to the extension of the American University of Malta’s (AUM) campus will be taking place tonight. The protest will focus on celebrating Maltese heritage.

This protest is being organised by the civil action group ‘Action: Give us Back our Land’. The event will be taking place at 7.00pm, the stairs between the British Building (currently AUM) and the Knights Building, on Dock One in Cospicua.

The event will include a synchronised harmony of bells around Cottonera, facepaiting, book reading by Ġorġ Peresso, violin playing by Reggie Clews and poetry reading by Immanuel Mifsud.

Background

The civil action group made up of residents has been protesting AUm’s campus extensions. It had also requested all concerned parties to sign a petition objecting to the American University of Malta’s (AUM) extensions on Dock 1 and its environs in Cospicua. 

Read: Civil group calls for residents to object AUM development

In a statement, the group explained that it will be organising actions in the run-up to the Planning Authority (PA) hearing of PA application 07496/16. It added that yesterday, the hearing was postponed, at the applicant’s request, from the 12th September to 26th September.

Read: Govt needs to reconsider building on open spaces in three cities – FAA

The PA application involves the construction of an administrative building between the British and the Knights Building. This building would be in place of the current open community space, recently upgraded with EU funding on the Dock 1 waterfront. 

The civil action group stated that it was formed when it transpired that, “contrary to the popular belief of residents, and even media reports stating otherwise, none of the Cottonera local councils have objected to the development.”