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Environmental NGOs file appeal on Mriehel high-rise

Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Friends of the Earth Malta and Ramblers Association Malta file joint appeal against controversial Mriehel high-rise development

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Matthew Vella
5 October 2016, 12:59pm
Mriehel had been included as a high-rise zone by the government after the closure of the public consultation period
Mriehel had been included as a high-rise zone by the government after the closure of the public consultation period
ENGOs Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Friends of the Earth Malta and Ramblers Association Malta have filed a joint appeal against the granting of permission for four high rise towers in Mriehel.

The NGOs reiterated their firm conviction that the Mriehel locality was included as a location suitable for high-rise by the government by stealth, after the public consultation was over.

“Through this the public were denied their right of adequate consultation and representation on a mega construction project which is set to have an irreversible negative impact on our collective environment,” FAA said in a statement.

READ MORE Planning Authority approves Mriehel Towers despite legal doubts

The NGOs insisted that the phalanx of high-rise towers will negatively affect the historic views between Mdina to Valletta, ruining an iconic skyline, and that the tower’s visual impact on these vistas was ineptly assessed by the Planning Authority due to the inadequacy of the photo-montages submitted by the applicant.

“The ENGOs will not allow this infringement of the public’s fundamental rights to continue, whilst others profit off the destruction of our collective natural and built environment.”

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Matthew Vella is executive editor at MaltaToday.
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