The environmental NGO Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar have announced their intention to purchase ODZ land at risk of being developed in the same week the Planning Authority handed out more ODZ – outside development zones – land out for development.
“It is extremely sad that we as a voluntary organisation would have to pay for land which is public to remain so, but we are ready to do it from our very limited resources, so that at least a little patch of land will remain permanently in public use, for public enjoyment for free,” the NGO said in a statement.
They have formally applied to the Lands Authority so that, as an eNGO, they can either buy or lease the land found at the corner of Triq G.Henin and Triq il-Mediterran in Pembroke and dedicate it for public use.
“FAA will continue the struggle to keep this land for the public, for free, forever,” they said.
FAA said they were already in possession of a PA permit to grow a living hedge around the designated area and are now waiting for the decision from the Lands Authority.
The proposed green wall
Just this week the Planning Authority gave the go-ahead to a proposal for a mega-petrol station to be built on ODZ land in Luqa as more and more people are raising concerns over Malta’s short-term environmental policy.