Pro­posed de­mo­li­tion of a 19th cen­tury her­itage town­house in Sliema re­fused by PA

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Flimkien għal Am­b­jent Aħ­jar (FAA) wel­comes the news that fol­low­ing pub­lic out­cry, the pro­posed de­mo­li­tion of a 19th cen­tury her­itage town­house in Sliema has been re­fused by the Plan­ning Author­ity.

Last Oc­to­ber FAA launched an on­line plat­form to al­low cit­i­zens to voice their con­cerns di­rectly to the Plan­ning Author­ity about the pro­posed de­mo­li­tion of a 19th cen­tury town­house on Stella Maris Street in Sliema.

If per­mit­ted, the de­vel­op­ment would have re­sulted in this town­house be­ing re­placed by a 5-storey apart­ment block, re­tain­ing only the fa­cade as a re­minder of what was lost. Sit­u­ated in the heart of Sliema’s vil­lage core where most of the char­ac­ter­is­tic town­houses have been re­tained, this ap­pli­ca­tion ir­refutably vi­o­lated ex­ist­ing plan­ning pol­icy and would have in­evitably led to the de­mo­li­tion of this vir­tu­ally in­tact Ur­ban Con­ser­va­tion street.

Out­raged by the ap­pli­ca­tion, the gen­eral pub­lic re­sponded to this call to ac­tion and flooded the Plan­ning Author­ity with over 500 ob­jec­tions. Fol­low­ing this wave of pub­lic re­sponse, the Plan­ning Author­ity re­fused this dam­ag­ing ap­pli­ca­tion prov­ing that when the pub­lic comes to­gether there is power to change things for the bet­ter.

FAA said that may this be a re­minder to all that the fight for our her­itage and en­vi­ron­ment is not a lost bat­tle! The only cer­tainty of fail­ure lies in giv­ing up. We owe it to our­selves and to the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of this is­land to keep fight­ing - we are not pow­er­less.

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