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‘I Will Do Whatever It Takes To Stop This Atrocity’: Gżira Mayor On Petrol Station Plans

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Gżira mayor Conrad Borg Manche has promised that he will do “whatever it takes to stop this atrocity from happening” while referring to the controversial petrol station plans.

This comes after the Gżira local council has just filed an appeal over the Lands Authority’s decision to transform a public garden into a petrol station, asking the courts to annul the decision.

“As I said several times I will do whatever it takes to stop this atrocity from happening,” he promised in a social media post. 

“I wonder after all this construction in Gżira, didn’t the people deserve to be left with at least an untouched garden?”

“From studies that we have commissioned the garden wouldn’t be suitable for children any longer,” he added. Presently, the Ewropa garden is one of the last green lungs in the area.

“The councillors are all on board with this decision to move forward with our arguments in court. The authorities are obliged to work in the interest of our citizens, this decision is certainly not in the best interest,” he said.

The Lands Authority recently notified the local council that it is revoking the lease of around 930 square metres of the current garden, one of the last remaining green areas in Gżira.

Public use of the site was granted to the local council decades ago, with the Lands Authority now opting to revoke the lease and administration of the public garden.

The council is therefore appealing the decision in front of the Administrative review tribunal, with the appeal signed by lawyer Claire Bonello.

The petrol station, which is currently located by the entrance of Manoel Island, is set to be relocated to the Council of Europe gardens just 100 metres away as part of a road-widening project that will see Regional Road connected to the Gżira front.

What do you make of his comments? 

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When Sasha (formerly known as Sasha Tas-Sigar) is not busy writing about environmental injustice, she's probably fighting for women's rights. Follow her at @saaxhaa on Instagram, and send her anything related to the environment, art, and women's rights at [email protected]

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