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A Wiki is all about knowledge-sharing, and pooling resources. This FAA Wiki presents a possible framework, an outline of what direction can be taken. But that's up to you. The core subject matter is the creation of a better living environment on the Maltese Islands. Much of what currently is on display here is more on the media monitoring side.
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MEPA refuses application for gaming shop in Senglea - maltatoday.com.mt

MEPA refuses application for gaming shop in Senglea - maltatoday.com.mt | FAA Malta | Scoop.it

MEPA's environment planning commission has refused, by three votes against two, the application for a betting shop in Senglea. The commission justified its decision to refuse the application by saying "the proposed development is situated in an area which is predominantly residential in character."

The commission added "It is therefore not considered to be in the interest of the area and would constitute bad neighbour development."

Today MEPA also refused another gaming shop in a residential area in Zejtun while approving two other applications in Paola and Zabbar.

Earlier this week, conservationist NGO Flimkien ghal-Ambjent Ahjar said residents of Senglea were disappointed that their local council has failed to present a formal objection to the application for a betting shop in a historic palazzo on the main road.

FAA said the betting shop's location, would put in full view of children on their way to school, the Church as well as the premises for the religious society of the Legion of Mary.

Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar and some residents objected to the application at MEPA last month, on the grounds that it contravenes the guidelines as to what commercial outlets are allowed in open conservation areas.

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Decision on controversial St Julian's development suspended - timesofmalta.com

Decision on controversial St Julian's development suspended - timesofmalta.com | FAA Malta | Scoop.it

The Mepa board this morning accepted a request from a developer who wants to build shops and apartments overlooking Spinola square and Villa Frieres in St Julian's to suspend its decision until an appeal about third party windows is heard by the General Services Board.
The developer has proposed a reduction in the number of apartments and the elimination of a floor.
A well-attended meeting at Mepa was told that the developer is proposing to reduce the number of apartments to 14 from 21 and eliminate one floor.
Some residents turned up wearing t-shirts saying 'how green was my valley?'.
Apart from the residents, there were also Cortis employees, the company owned by the applicant.
During the hearing this morning, Mepa CEO Ian Stafrace asked the architect why windows in a third party wall overlooking the development were only included in the new set of plans submitted this week.

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Small accident, big jam (2) - timesofmalta.com

Small accident, big jam (2) - timesofmalta.com | FAA Malta | Scoop.it

Another minor traffic accident this afternoon caused a long traffic tailback as roads became slippery because of the rain.
The picture, by Gerald de Giovanni, shows the scene on the Valley Road bridge.
There was a similar situation at Pieta' seafront this morning, also because of a small traffic accident.

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NGO, residents call on Senglea council to oppose betting shop - maltatoday.com.mt

NGO, residents call on Senglea council to oppose betting shop - maltatoday.com.mt | FAA Malta | Scoop.it

Betting shop’s application is for siting in ‘historic palazzo’, says Flimkien ghal-Ambjent Ahjar

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New scheme to encourage use of old buildings - timesofmalta.com

New scheme to encourage use of old buildings - timesofmalta.com | FAA Malta | Scoop.it

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It was also being proposed, Dr de Marco said, that incentives would be offered for the use of large, old buildings. Such buildings, he said, were today unsuited for use as residences but they could be used as offices or, say, boutique hotels. The incentives would apply where such old buildings are reused for purposes which are compatible with residential areas.
The scheme is expected to be published in the coming days.

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St Julian’s residents yesterday voiced their concerns about further development in the locality, claiming that the property market there was already saturated with around 4,500 apartments on the market.

Representatives from the recently established St Julian’s Residents’ Association, supported by Astrid Vella from Flimkien gћal Ambjent Aћjar (FAA), pointed out that the association is not against new developments in the locality provided that the Local Plan is adhered to.

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MEPA attempts to quell St Julian’s residents’ outrage - maltatoday.com.mt

MEPA attempts to quell St Julian’s residents’ outrage - maltatoday.com.mt | FAA Malta | Scoop.it

The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) has attempted to quell the outrage of the residents of St Julian's caused by MEPA's consideration of no fewer than nine large-scale construction projects in the area.

In an attempt to ease the residents' worries, MEPA said that two applications of the nine proposals have been suspended: "They were not deemed acceptable as currently proposed and no reply has been forthcoming from architect."

The authority said this referred to PA 7035/07 and PA 3110/07. Another application, PA 4851/07, was also not deemed acceptable as it is being proposed.

The authority said that a further two proposals require changes to the local plan before being put for consideration.

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Property slowdown driving architects out of business - timesofmalta.com

Property slowdown driving architects out of business - timesofmalta.com | FAA Malta | Scoop.it

One architect said the firm where he worked was moving away from simply designing apartments, maisonettes or villas and was turning to renovating vacant properties in an attempt to make them attractive to prospective buyers.
One big market for these properties is those working in the financial sector and the gaming industry who are highly-paid and are willing to invest in property in Malta.
“The problem is that we have too many apartments and other properties which people do not want – so it’s impossible to sell,” he said.
Mr Cassar said a number of permits had been issued but the developers were hanging on to them without going through to the construction phase because of cash flow problems and due to the political situation.

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€5 million for first 1,000 applicants - timesofmalta.com

€5 million for first 1,000 applicants - timesofmalta.com | FAA Malta | Scoop.it

In just two months the Malta Environment and Planning Authority has received more than 75 written applications, together with 500 phone calls and 140 e-mails, for participation in a government scheme allowing a 20 per cent rebate on costs of restoration and maintenance of vacant or old buildings in village cores, up to a total of €5 million for the first thousand applicants.
Government wants better participation for private sector
The scheme, which will close at the end of June, will allow each applicant only one building to benefit on.
Speaking in Parliament Minister Mario de Marco said another scheme would soon be announced to exempt the payment of excise tax (boll) up to 2013 on any contract by which multiple owners of unused buildings in town and village conservation zones transferred ownership to a single person.
Other incentives would be announced in due course with a view to helping to conserve such buildings rather than knocking them down for reconstruction..........

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Survivors describe how house collapsed, killing elderly woman - timesofmalta.com

Survivors describe how house collapsed, killing elderly woman - timesofmalta.com | FAA Malta | Scoop.it

Survivors of a building collapse have told a court how they witnessed the house cave in, burying an elderly woman under tons of rubble.
The incident occurred in Cathedral Street, Sliema, on April 12,2000. Rita Vella, 84, died hours after the incident, caused by excavation works behind the building. Two men were lucky to escape without serious injury.
Contractors Contractors Carmel Micallef 46 of Mosta and Raymond Calleja, 45 of Zebbug were both convicted of gross negligence and each fined €4,000.
Survivor Joseph Vella, the victim's son, told the court that on the day of the incident cracks had opened up in the building.
He took contractor Raymond Micallef in to show him the cracks and Micallef suggested that they should temporarily move to a hotel.
Mr Vella said that he felt uneasy. His mother was frail, and therefore slow. As she stood near a table he saw a wall collapse behind her and then everything burst on top of them.
He said that debris from two storeys fell on his mother He himself suffered cuts and needed stitches. His mother was buried under the debris.

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No Mepa decision on Senglea gaming parlour application - timesofmalta.com

No Mepa decision on Senglea gaming parlour application - timesofmalta.com | FAA Malta | Scoop.it

Mepa this afternoon put off a decision over whether to grant a permit for a gaming parlour in an old building in the heart of Senglea.
The vote was tied two-two with a member of the permits board having been absent. Another vote will be held in the near future.
The vote was taken after a 20-minute discussion which was heated at times.
The applicants argued that the gaming parlour would put to use a building which was currently unused and dilapidated. The application, they insisted did not infringe any Mepa rule.
Objectors said the proposed site is within 60 metres of a Legion of Mary meeting place, and this went against gaming regulations, at which point the applicant said that was not Mepa's remit.
Representatives of Flimkien Ghal Ambjent Ahjar and Friends of Cottonera Forum argued that gaming parlours were not included in the list of uses for buildings in Urban Conservation Areas and a gaming parlour would lead to an increase in social problems.
The applicants insisted these were subjective moral issues which were also not within the Mepa remit.
The chairman acknowledged that gaming parlours were not the equivalent to retail space as mentioned in the local plan.
Arguments then followed on this point.
The issue was then put to a vote and the outcome was a draw.

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Part of Dwejra 'Azure window' collapses - timesofmalta.com

Part of Dwejra 'Azure window' collapses - timesofmalta.com | FAA Malta | Scoop.it

A large part of one side supporting the scenic 'window' in Dweja, Gozo, collapsed in the past few days, widening the structure.
The collapse took place on the left side of the structure, where a deep fissure had long been in evidence.

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Betting shop in heart of Senglea 'contravenes urban conservation areas policy' - FAA - timesofmalta.com

Betting shop in heart of Senglea 'contravenes urban conservation areas policy' - FAA - timesofmalta.com | FAA Malta | Scoop.it

Environment NGO Flimkien Ghal Ambjent Ahjar said today it was supporting the view of a number of Senglea residents that a proposed betting shop/gaming hall in the heart of the city should not be granted a permit.
An application for the betting shop to be set up in a palazzo on Senglea's main road is due to be discussed by Mepa tomorrow.
"One month ago, Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar, Friends of Cottonera Forum and some local residents objected to this application at Mepa on the grounds that it contravenes the guidelines as to what commercial outlets are allowed in urban conservation areas and due to the fact that it does not enhance the quality of life of residents in this city....

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A number of playgrounds across the country have, over the past months, been closed after audits carried out on all playgrounds in Malta and Gozo by the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) found them to be unsafe.

Some playgrounds have been completely closed while equipment at a number of others has simply been removed. In most cases, no signs were even put up to explain what had happened to some families’ favourite recreational areas.

This newspaper has recently identified five localities where playgrounds have been abruptly closed or had all the equipment removed.

In Mosta, four out of the six playgrounds are no longer usable. Contacted on Friday, newly installed Mosta mayor Shirley Farrugia said that of the two playgrounds still open to the public, that at il- Blata l-Gholja is in good shape but the one in the Zokrija area needs work.

The other playgrounds have been closed for safety reasons.

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St Julian’s residents protest against “onslaught” of area caused by overdevelopment and mayor says he was never asked to speak. - maltatoday.com.mt

St Julian’s residents protest against “onslaught” of area caused by overdevelopment and mayor says he was never asked to speak. - maltatoday.com.mt | FAA Malta | Scoop.it

Organisers Flimkien Ghal-Ambjent Ahjar and the St Julian’s Residents Association said that they did not object to projects to embellish St Julian’s.

“We are objecting to projects which go against Mepa regulations and the law like building a seven-storey building in a three-storey zone next to Saddles Bar,” FAA’s coordinator Astrid Vella said.

Vella called for more research and impact studies to be conducted before proposed development is given the go ahead.

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‘We’re living in a concrete jungle and can’t breathe’ - timesofmalta.com

‘We’re living in a concrete jungle and can’t breathe’ - timesofmalta.com | FAA Malta | Scoop.it

St Julian’s residents yesterday called on the planning authority to look at the bigger picture when processing project applications in the already overdeveloped village.
“We need a serious study into the impact all this construction is having… If not we will end up living in a concrete jungle where we can’t breathe and where there is no light,” resident Michel Spiteri told a crowd that gathered in Spinola Square for the Save St Julian’s protest yesterday morning.
About 150 residents turned up for the event, organised by the St Julian’s Residents’ Association and environmental NGO Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar.

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