‘Not this mas­ter plan’– en­vi­ron­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions hold protest in St Ju­lian’s

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A protest or­gan­ised by a num­ber of en­vi­ron­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions was held yes­ter­day in front of the ‘Love’ mon­u­ment in St Ju­lian’s. Those at­tend­ing the protest were ob­ject­ing to the mas­ter plan for Paceville as pro­posed by the govern­ment.

Kamp Emerġenza Am­b­jent, Flimkien għal Am­b­jent Aħ­jar, Movi­ment Graf­fitti, Front Ħar­sien ODZ, Ram­blers As­so­ci­a­tion, Youth for the Environment, Na­ture Trust, Żmini­jietna – Voice of the Left and Friends of the Earth Malta all took part.

“While the idea of a mas­ter plan is wel­come, the draw­ing up of the Paceville mas­ter plan was fun­da­men­tally flawed since only the de­vel­op­ers’ pro­pos­als were taken into ac­count. Com­mu­ni­ties in the area were com­pletely ig­nored not­with­stand­ing the mas­sive im­pact it would have on them and the environment. Thus, this mas­ter plan should be scrapped and the re­lated process halted im­me­di­ately. A new mas­ter plan should be drawn up, tak­ing into ac­count the needs of res­i­dents and the environment, and in line with Mal­tese law. A mas­ter plan should also be on a na­tional level so that it truly re­flects the over­all needs of our

coun­try,” pro­tes­tors say.

Ad­dress­ing the protest, An­dre Cal­lus from Movi­ment Graf­fiti said that this mas­ter plan, if ap­proved, will cre­ate a prece­dent for fu­ture ap­pli­ca­tions. He said that this mas­ter plan can­not be sim­ply amended, but needs to go back to the draw­ing board. “The govern­ment is a sim­ple sig­na­ture

away from tak­ing away res­i­dences in the area to hand them to a few de­vel­op­ers,” he told the small crowd.

Many of those at­tend­ing the protest car­ried plac­ards with the face of the Plan­ning Au­thor­ity’s Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man Jo­hann But­tigieg de­picted with a halo on his head, “the saint of the environment”.

Oth­ers had plac­ards say­ing “from the fry­ing pan into the fire” or “domino de­struc­tion”.

Among those present was Dean Camil­leri, the same man who went on a hunger strike in front of Castille to protest against noise pol­lu­tion in Pem­broke and the St Ge­orges Bay area.

Photos: Michael Camil­leri

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