17th Century Wash-House Disintegrating

Built by the Knights of St. John, the 17th Century wash-house just below the majestic fortifications of Mdina is another important monument erected by our ancestors.

A few days ago I passed from the steep road from Mdina leading to the old railway station.  Roughly half-way down the road I saw the wash-house.  I always remember this wash-house in a bad state.  A few years back some signs were put up warning the public from danger.  These are now gone.  Additionally I always noticed a MEPA permit indicating that it will be restored.  However, nothing has ever been done to protect this landmark, despite the fact that this monument has a very high cultural heritage property value as listed in the National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands.

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The monument suffered significant negligence over the years.  Not only does it look unpleasant with all the mould and litter, but one might also notice large fissures on the facade.  Additionally, the coats-of-arms were defaced by Napoleon.

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It is a pity that our cultural heritage is slowly disintegrating and that over the years nothing has been done to preserve it.  Moreover, it is also dangerous and poses a threat to pedestrians passing by.  Therefore we call for immediate action to be taken in order to avoid accidents, as well as to protect this beautiful monument.  The wash-house must be given priority and restored as soon as possible before it is too late.

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Pascal Aloisio – ADŻ Malta Green Youth Publications Officer

Għajn tal-Ħasselin tas-Seklu 17 Qedha Taqa Biċċiet

Taħt is-swar tal-Imdina tinsab għajn tal-ħasselin mis-seklu 17 li nbniet mil-Kavallieri ta’ San Ġwann.

Ftit ijiem ilu għaddejt mit-triq li tagħti mil-Imdina għall-istazzjon l-antik tal-ferrovija.  F’nofs trieqti rajt din l-għajn tal-ħasselin.  Din l-għajn dejjem niftakarha f’dan l-istat dizastruż.  Ftit snin ilu tpoġġew xi sinjali biex iwissu lil pubbliku mil-periklu.  Dawn issa sparixxew.  Apparti minn hekk innutajt li kien hemm permess tal-MEPA ma’ din l-istruttura għal snin twal li jindika li dan il-bini ser jiġi restawrat.  Madanakollu, qatt ma sar xejn biex dan il-bini jiġi protett, anke jekk dan il-monument huwa imniżżel bħala wieħed ta’ valur għoli ta’ propjeta kulturali skond rapport tas-Sovrintendenza tal-Patrimonju Kulturali.

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Dan il-monument spiċċa fi stat ta’ abbandun tul is-snin.  Mhux biss li dan il-bini jidher ikrah minħabba fil-moffa u żibel, pero wieħed jista jinnota ukoll xquq mal-faċċata.  Madanakollu, l-armi tal-Kavallieri mal-faċċata ta’ din l-Għajn ġew imħassra minn Napuljun.

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Hija ħasra kbira li l-wirt kulturali tagħna qed jitmermer u li tul is-snin xejn ma sar biex dan jiġi preservat.  Aktar minn hekk, din l-istruttura hijja ukoll ta’ periklu għan-nies li jgħaddu minn ħdejn dan il-post.  Għalhekk aħna nappellaw għal azzjoni immedjata sabiex nevitaw l-inċidenti, kif ukoll biex nipproteġu dan il-monument sabiħ.  L-għajn tal-ħasselin għandha tingħata prijorita u tiġi restawrata malajr kemm jista jkun qabel ma jkun tard wisq.

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Pascal Aloisio – ADŻ Malta Green Youth Publications Officer

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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.