Thursday, May 3, 2018

Victory!! 38 storey tower back to the drawing board

Today the EPRT did not approve the construction of a 38-storey Gasan Townsquare tower in Sliema and developers have to resubmit plans. It had policy infringements, incomplete impact assessment studies and objections by Sliema Local Council, ENGOs, ERA and residents.

On another note we are also requesting a proper evaluation of the proposed development of the Fort Cambridge 40-storey tower just up the road in Sliema. We will keep up the struggle to defend residents' quality of life.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Planning Authority yet to decide on scheduling of Fort Cambridge officers’ mess

Malta Today's James Debono writes about Sliema Local Council's request to schedule the Fort Cambridge officers' mess, which is under consideration at the Planning Authority. Developers have proposed a 40-storey tower on site.

Read the article here:

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Lessons in Maltese and English Reading and Writing for Primary Level Students

 Lessons in Maltese and English Reading and Writing for Primary Level Students (Maltese and foreign).
  • Each course is made up of 5 two hour lessons.
  • Emphasis will be given to both reading and writing in both languages.
  • Pupils will be put in groups according to their age.
  • The lessons will be held  at the Sliema Primary School.
  • Qualified and experienced teachers.
  • Handouts will be provided for free.
  • Children who attend Summer School will be taken from their classes by the teachers and taken back to class by said teachers.
  • The dates of the lessons would be 12th, 19th, 26th July, 2nd August and 9th August
  • The course fee is €20 per child                                                                                                                                    
Anyone interested in sending his child is kindly requested to fill in the form below and submit it together with the payment at the Sliema Local Council by not later than Thursday 28th June 2018. 
Name of Student _______________________
School __________________________
Academic year the student has just finished _________________
Mobile number of a parent or guardian of the student ___________

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Townsquare appeal decision on 3 May

The Townsquare appeal decision will be read on 3rd May 2018 at 13.00

The venue will be the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal - further down the road from the Planning Authority.

Sliema Local Council, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Friends of the Earth Malta, the Ramblers Association and the Qui si-Sana and Tigne' Residents association had appealed against the PA decision to approve development of a 38 storey highrise.

Friday, February 23, 2018

40-storey highrise public consultation: Sliema Local Council Feedback

Text below represents the official feedback of the Sliema Local Council to the Environment Resources Authority for public consultation on Fort Cambridge development which closes on 23 February. To see documents in good size, please save and enlarge.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

40-storey highrise public consultation: Civil Society Network feedback

Text below represents the official feedback of Civil Society Network to the Environment Resources Authority for public consultation which closes on 23 February.
Public Consultation - 40 storey Highrise (Fort Cambridge) PA 02906/16 - Site at, Triq Tigne c/w, Triq Il- Ponta Ta' Dragut, Sliema, #Malta
To: - EIA Team, Environment & Resources Authority
From: Civil Society Network
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1. A social impact assessment is required. The International Association for Impact Assessment produced guidelines for social impact assessments suggest that an SIA is the process of analysing, monitoring and managing the intended and unintended social consequences, both positive and negative, of planned interventions and any social change processes invoked by those interventions. Social impacts under assessment should include all those things relevant to people’s everyday life. This may include one’s culture, community, political context, environment, health, well-being, personal and property rights as well as fears and aspirations. The SIA should not be a one-off exercise and should include both quantitative and qualitative research methods. It should include the consideration of reasonable alternatives to development proposals as well as comparative analysis of similar development proposals and related good or bad practices. Analytic indicators should be provided and the entire process should be subject to peer review by independent experts in the field.
2. An impact assessment of dust and other
pollution is required
3. A sewage impact assessment is required.
4. Direct Shading Analysis: All EPS models show that Tigne Street will be in perpetual darkness. Regulations 2016 / L.N. 227 of 2016 state that "In streets or open spaces which are wider than three meters but less than or equal to fifteen metres, the overall height of the façade should not exceed three times the width of the street..." The average width of Triq Tigne in relation to the development site is 12.7m to 15m. Therefore, in line with L.N. 277/16, the maximum height onto the street is to be three times as much, which amounts to 45m: proposed tower block is of 136m. Additional floors are only permitted if " adequate setbacks from the building alignment of the façade are introduced."
3. There are no photomontages for streets near to this major development.
4. There are no mitigation measures against various adverse impacts in 'summary of impacts: Volume 4'.
5. A realistic, more accurate and comprehensive traffic impact assessment is required, which includes hourly flows and which shows how traffic will be managed in view of over capacity and spillover effects. Mitigation measures and green travel plan are imperative.
6. We note that Fort Cambridge Development Brief states as follows:
3.9 This would imply that any future use would need to be examined in the light of the Structure Plan and the emerging North Harbours Local Plan and its strategy and plans for theTigne’ Peninsula area and Sliema in general. However, in case of incompatibility between this development brief and any emergent plan or policy, the provisions of this development brief shall prevail.
7. We request Grade 1 scheduling of the Officers' Quarters.