The Malta Independent 22 February 2020, Saturday

Central Link appeal crowdfunding target reached in less than 24 hours - NGOs

Tuesday, 23 July 2019, 17:12 Last update: about 8 months ago

The crowdfunding campaign organised by a number of NGOs to fund an appeal of the Central Link project permit has been successful, with the required €20,000 being raised in less than 24 hours, a statement by the NGOs read.

"The figure of €20,000 to challenge the Central Link project in legal arenas has been successfully crowdfunded in less than 24 hours, NGOs and the Attard Residents Environmental Network (AREN) have said in a statement. Hailing this result as a record, the NGOs and AREN stated that "today, residents and common citizens have shown that the opposition to this project is far more widespread than government has expected, especially from the residents of the affected areas." 

Recently, the Planning Authority approved the controversial Central Link project, that would see over 500 trees uprooted, a number of which are protected species. The project would also take up around 45,000 square metres of agricultural land, and would also result in over 1,000 residents effectively living in a centre strip between two main roads, protestors had argued.

"We're overwhelmed by the support that we have received from the people over the last hours and by their encouraging messages," the NGOs said in a joint statement. 

 The NGOs have said that now they will be discussing the next steps with their legal team with a view to mounting the necessary legal challenges. "Donations will continue to be received from those willing to contribute to this cause. "

The NGOs involved:  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.

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