A group of 14 environmental NGOs and groups have launched a fundraising campaign to launch a legal challenge against the Planning Authority’s recent approval of the Central Link Project.
The NGOs and groups (named below) say they want to raise €20,000 to enable this legal action, with payments applicable via PayPal, bank transfer or cheque.
“After the Planning Authority (PA) shockingly approved the Central Link project, residents from various localities together with 14 NGOs will be initiating legal action to challenge this appalling decision,” they said. “Legal actions include, but are not limited to, an appeal with the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal (EPRT).”
“In view of the exorbitant costs involved, this appeal will only be possible thanks to the public’s financial support. While the NGOs will cover part of the procedural and professional fees, this will not be enough to cover all expenses.”
“The NGOs would like to thank the public for their support and would like to remind [people] that every financial contribution, big or small, matters a lot.”
The NGOs are Bicycle Advocacy Group BirdLife Malta, Din l-Art Ħelwa, Friends of the Earth Malta, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Futur Ambjent Wieħed, Għaqda Bdiewa Attivi, Għaqda Siġar Maltin, Isles of the Left, Malta Youth in Agriculture Foundation Moviment Graffitti, Nature Trust Malta, Ramblers Association, and The Archaeological Society Malta.
The Central Link project between Attard and Rabat was approved last week with the aim being that it will clamp down on traffic congestion in the road. However, it has proven controversial as it will require the uprooting of 549 trees, including 272 protected ones, as well as some 50,000 square metres of agricultural land.