The Malta Independent 8 December 2019, Sunday

Central Link project uproar: Protesters to tie themselves to trees

Tuesday, 23 July 2019, 08:18 Last update: about 6 months ago

A group of protesters will be tying themselves to the trees planned to be uprooted as a result of the Central Link Project.

The protest, set to take place on 28 July, will take place in Attard. A Facebook group has been setup for the event.

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 government has argued that more trees than currently exist will be planted, however some of these trees have been around for hundreds of years, protestors had said during the PA hearing.

As a result of this proposed uprooting, this protest has begun to take form.

This is a silent and non political protest, ” the group’s organiser wrote on the page.

This is not the only issue with the Central Link project however. During the Planning Authority Board sitting, some argued that over 1,000 residents would end up living in a centre strip between two main roads as a result of the project, meaning that they would be inhaling the traffic fumes constantly.

In addition, ERA Chairman Victor Axiak voted in favour of the project, and this has resulted in calls for his resignation, given that over 45,000 square metres of agricultural land will be eaten up by the Central Link, in addition to the los of mature trees.


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