New Protest Group 'Inħobbu l-Gżira' Forms And Pledges To Oppose MIDI's Plans For Manoel Island

'Most of Gżira's promenade is set to be eliminated'

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A number of Gżira residents have come together to form a new protest group named Inħobbu l-Gżira. The snappily-named group have pledged to fight against MIDI's proposed masterplan for Manoel Island and the Gżira promenade and will work towards adding changes to the existing plan.

"It must be borne in mind that Gżira is a town of just one square kilometre with 11,000 residents, three schools and 150 building sites," the group said in a statement. "The town does not have any squares or open spaces for people to enjoy except the seafront. Open spaces are recognised by law as essential for the well-being of residents."

The proposed plans are set to completely change Manoel Island, with a hotel, casino, apartment blocks, a yacht marina, retail outlets and a residential complex planned for the small island.

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You can find the group's full statement below

Several Gzira residents and Gzirjani have come together to form a pressure group called ‘Inhobbu l-Gzira’ with the principal aim of bringing modifications to the proposed Midi masterplan for Manoel Island.

Families from Gzira and from further afield enjoy the seaside atmosphere making use of the public benches to relax from the heat of the day and to enjoy the cool breeze from over the water. A large part of Gzira promenade is proposed for elimination. Forty percent of the public benches will be lost.

Views across Marsamxett Harbour will be lost as two enormous apartment blocks will be built on reclaimed land right opposite Triq ix-Xatt. Not only is the sea channel being halved, these blocks will rise to 29.75m above sea level blocking all views of the Valletta skyline, the bastions, views of Pieta and even Ta’ Xbiex. The views are a priceless public good. They belong to everyone of us.

The importance of the landscape and views is recognised by a European convention, but all this is being ignored with the blessing of the Environment Resources Authority in a biased and unrepresentative report.

It must be borne in mind that Gzira is a town of just one square kilometre with 11,000 residents, three schools and 150 building sites. The town does not have any squares or open spaces for people to enjoy except the seafront. Open spaces are recognized by law as essential for the well-being of residents.

The group Inhobbu l-Gzira is proposing modifications to the plan to preserve the popular promenade and the views.

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What do you you think of the proposed plans for Gżira?

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Johnathan Cilia

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