ADZ – Wied il-Ghasel Development Must Be Stopped (Press Release)

ADZ – Malta Green Youth has called on MEPA to halt further development in Wied il-Ghasel during next Thursday’s appeal. As the last remaining natural valley passing through a village-centre, which MEPA itself lists as an area of ecological importance, the valley should be protected accordingly.

Reuben Zammit, chairperson of ADZ, stated: “Irreversible damage has
already been done to the valley. Further incursions would deprive us
of yet another of our few remaining undeveloped areas and of what
little is left of our countryside and natural waterways. We therefore
join Alternattiva Demokratika, Nature Trust and Harsien Patrimonju
Mosti in clamouring for an end to this madness. MEPA cannot possibly
ignore the objections of 24,000 Maltese who hold the valley at heart.”

Last Sunday, around 20 individuals joined ADZ in an extensive tour of
the valley lasting over four hours. The tour was conducted by a
professional guide who pointed out the natural as well as historical
beauties of the valley and contrasted them with the man-made scar that the contested development constitutes.

Voting Age at 16

Alternattiva Demokratika has renewed its call for the voting age to be reduced to 16 for local, European and general elections.

Party leader Michael Briguglio said at a press conference that this would be a concrete change which entrusted young people with a key decision in their life, just as they were entrusted to take up employment and further their education.

Reuben Zammit, chairman of Green Youth, AD’s youth arm recalled that AD had lobbied for universal suffrage to be extended to 16-year olds since before the 2008 general elections.

“Malta’s youth should be allowed to have a say as much as anyone else in politics, more so since today’s decisions and policies will form the world we must live in tomorrow.”

Xgħajra’s countryside is turned into rubbish dump (Letter to the Editor, Times)

Our more scenic localities are being increasingly lined with promenades. One can now stroll leisurely from one fixed point to another while enjoying the beautiful view and, with luck, some fresh sea air.

Those few adventurous enough to take the road less travelled, however, will find themselves greatly disappointed. Recently, as I ventured well past the Ta’ Barkat sewage plant in Xgħajra (vicinity of Żabbar) en route to Marsascala, I came across a car boot sale of broken washing machines, whole mountains of shards of glass, a selection of rusted car parts, some appetising rabbit fur covered in blood and a very dead dog left to RIP – rot in public – for all passers-by to enjoy.

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Yet another of the few places where one can enjoy walking away from traffic and noise is being treated like a dumpster. This is a clear indication of some people’s blatant disregard for both the environment and each other. Such illegal and unregulated dumping sites are not only unsightly but also dangerous, being soil contaminants and deadly fire hazards, in addition to posing health-related risks.

Moreover this neglect causes difficulties for individuals, such as myself, who would rather take their dog for a nice walk in the countryside, where they can walk freely and at ease, than having to attentively look out for traffic and dodge obstacles every step of the way. Such people could easily injure themselves or accidentally come in contact with something that is disease-ridden, bringing back home a nice memento.

Is the local council aware of all this, and if yes, what is it doing? Out of sight should not be out of mind

 

 

Anne Marie Apap