Action group formed to prevent further destruction of urban, rural heritage

Today's Malta Independent on Sunday 9th. April 2006 carried an article about the launch of a new pressure group. the opening lines are below, and the full article can be read by clicking here.


"Aiming to raise public awareness over what it describes as “the ongoing systematic destruction of our urban and rural heritage”, a non-political pressure group, Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar (Together for a Better Environment) was formed yesterday.Providing the public with an opportunity to make its voice heard, the group intends to oppose the continued “uglification” of Malta by rampant, uncontrolled development through challenging the government by all means possible. The group also aims to ensure the government lives up to its commitments under the Aarhus Convention, which Malta signed in 1998 and ratified in 2002."

Personal Comments: In real estate terms, it is of the utmost importance that any investment in the property market is properly protected and regulations are strictly adhered to. As I write, the press, the public and various professional bodies are expressing concern over various decisions taken by the Malta Enviroment & Planning Authority (Mepa). Various loopholes in the legal system have been pointed out, and it is now everyone's duty to pull the same rope and see that these deficiencies are addressed and corrected. The FAA pressure group is in fact not against proper and intelligently designed development, but against the destruction of our cultural heritage in the form of traditionally built village cores, and the continous encroachment on rural areas.

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