Watch: “Thousands of residents view db project as a threat”

Sarah Cassar Dymond

12-il għaqda u 3 Kunsilli Lokali kontra l-proġett tad-dbId-dettalji: https://bit.ly/2pjZT5C

Posted by Newsbook.com.mt on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

“This campaign was triggered by the alarm of thousands of residents who see this project as an imminent threat to their very basic quality of life”, detailed a press release sent by Moviment Grafitti. Today, representatives from 12 NGOs, representatives from 3 local councils, and residents gathered to protest against the db Group proposed development on the ITS site in front of the Planning Authority (PA) building.

Moviment Graffitti went on to detail that what is being proposed by the db Group are structures of gigantic proportions; a 38-storey tower and 17-storey hotel. Representative for Moviment Graffitti Andre Callus stressed that this is not only about Pembroke residents, but also about demanding that public land is used and developed according to the people’s needs. The representative for Din l-Art Ħelwa said that such a project is far too large.

The PA Board decides on Thursday whether to grant permission to the db Group proposed development on the ITS site. The activists detailed around 10 reasons as to why the development shouldn’t be approved, amongst which lies the fact that such a project will result in long and wide shadows, which will reach even St. George’s Bay.

The Archdiocese’s Environment Commission has formally objected to the PA about the development. The land in question is now in the hands of the db Group for the next 99 years.

The press release was signed by Pembroke residents and twelve NGOs – Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Din l-Art Ħelwa, Moviment Graffitti, Nature Trust (Malta), Ramblers’ Association, Friends of the Earth (Malta), Birdlife (Malta,), Bicycle Advocacy Group (BAG), The Mindful Warriors, Żminijietna – Voice of the Left, Attard Residents Environmental Network (AREN), and Kamp Emerġenza Ambjent.