Central Link: Destruction of trees in breach of permit condemned

Central Link: Destruction of trees in breach of permit condemned

Appellants slam rouge agency and ineffective enforcement

A cluster of protected almond trees which should have been carefully been transplanted from the Central Link site have been destroyed. Media reports revealed this breach of the nature permit issued by ERA which imposed other conditions such as the requirement that works do not start until the appeal is final.

These conditions have been flagrantly disregarded by Infrastructure Malta which has bulldozed ahead – again – apparently after requesting some “deviations” from the original permit. The ENGOs and residents appealing the Central Link case have filed a judicial protest against ERA holding the Authority responsible for not adhering to environmental regulations and enforcing the terms of the very same permit issued by it. “Much is made of the compensatory tree-planting mechanism imposed by ERA when issuing its nature permit.

This was touted as making up for the tree-axing rampage permit issued to Infrastructure Malta in the Central Link project It was the spoonful of sugar meant to sweeten the tree destruction. Now we find out, that not even the trees marked for transplantation will be saved and “deviations” from the permit are being negotiated behind closed doors.

Any fines that may be imposed on Infrastructure Malta will be paid for from taxpayers’ funds – the public having to fund environmental breaches because of ineffectual enforcement. As usual – the public and the environment lose out, whereas a rogue agency goes unpunished and unchecked”

AREN,Għaqda Siġar Maltin, Bicycle Advocacy GroupMoviment GraffittiFriends of the Earth Malta and Arnold Cassola