Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
The Environmental and Resources Authority, ERA, has granted permission to Infrastructure Malta to remove old carob trees for the formation of new roads in Dingli.
Independent candidate Prof. Arnold Cassola said that instead of fulfilling its duty of protecting the environment, ‘ERA has become an accomplice of Infrastructure Malta in the senseless destruction of our country.’
Cassola said that the multi-secular peculiar and natural character of the town will be forever destroyed.
During the past few days Dingli residents, farmers and Moviment Graffitti have appealed to the government to stop the construction of a planned road and to preserve the locality’s cultural, environmental and agricultural heritage.
Earlier this month, Infrastructure Malta showed up with heavy machinery in Tas-Sienja in Dingli, which includes private properties, to build a road but which no details were made available about it as the works in this road were not covered by a development permit, but the authorities have confirmed that a development notification order is sufficient in cases where a road has been planned.
Following a direct action by Moviment Graffitti activists, farmers and residents, Infrastructure Malta was forced to remove machinery from Tas-Sienja.
Also, Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia, Transport Minister Ian Borg and Culture Minister José Herrera, had made an urgent request to the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage and to the executive council of the Planning Authority to issue an Emergency Conservation Order for the late mediaeval church of Santa Duminka and its surroundings, in which the road would be built.