The Malta Independent 17 June 2024, Monday
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Mosta embellishment project architects say their plans ‘never intended' the removal of ficus trees

Tuesday, 14 November 2023, 14:47 Last update: about 8 months ago

Studjurban, the architects responsible for the embellishment of the Mosta square project, which forms part of the slow streets project, said that their plans never intended for the trees on the side of the Mosta Dome to be removed, indicating that the area where these trees were did not fall within their project.

In a statement, Studjurban referred to the public outcry following the removal of ficus trees from next to Mosta parish church and "disassociates itself completely from this decision."

"We reiterate that our project plans never intended for these trees to be removed since our proposed plans and responsibility only revolved around ensuring the implementation of the design for the paving and other elements within the site, as outlined in the attached plan."

Studjurban also said that "at no point did we recommend the removal of these trees which provided a small green lung to the square and this decision was taken only by the local council and the authorities, as correctly reported in the media."

"It is indeed a pity that these mature trees have been removed as in our projects, whenever possible, and in line with our philosophy which favours the concept of Green Urbanism, we always seek to incorporate trees and other natural elements, wherever circumstances permit."

"Any attempts to involve Studjurban in this decision, will therefore be totally unfounded."

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