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Attard Residents Stop Infrastructure Malta Workers From Removing Two Protected Trees

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A number of local residents in Attard have halted planned works to remove two trees as part of construction works in Triq Nutar Zarb.

Activist group Moviment Graffitti said the residents had stepped in after they had been told that the two protected ficus trees – which activists said have been there for 70 years – would be left alone… only for residents to see the pavement around the trees being removed.

“ERA has confirmed that it’s just given permission to Infrastructure Malta to remove the trees,” Moviment Graffitti said. “As happened in Dingli, ERA has shown it doesn’t care about residents or the environment and instead bowed its head to (Infrastructure Malta boss) Fredrick Azzopardi.”

Activists noted how workers were on site at around 6am this morning and had begun chopping down branches from the trees, Moviment Graffitti said.

Residents have been raising concerns over the removal of these two trees – which come as part of the development of the major Central Link project – for weeks now.

They’ve been left incensed after being told that the trees would be removed as they are a potential danger to drivers’ safety after being initially told they would be left alone.

Lovin Malta recently spoke to a number of residents living in the midst of the Central Link Project, and the challenges they were facing.

What do you make of the situation in Attard?

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Johnathan is interested in the weird, wonderful, and sometimes dark realities late capitalist society forces upon us all. He also likes food and music. Follow him at @supreofficialmt on Instagram, and send him news, food and music stories at [email protected]

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