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NEWS: Wirt iż-Żejtun secured funds through VOPS

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Wirt iż-Żejtun has succeeded in securing a €20,000 project from the Voluntary Organisations Projects Scheme, 80% of this amount will be given as grant through this scheme. The project PLAKKASTORJA is aimed at introducing a number of information panels in front … Continue reading

NEWS: AGM passes motion against development at Buleben


On the 28th January 2018, Wirt iż-Żejtun held its Annual General Meeting and the following motion regarding the proposal for the extension  of the Industrial Zone of Buleben was passed unanimously.

The motion reads as follows:

The Annual General Meeting of the organisation Wirt iz-Zejtun was informed of
the plan to extend the Buleben Industrial Zone. It was also informed that
farmers in the area had been served with a notice of eviction by the Malta
Industrial Parks and told to vacate in a short period of time the area they had
been cultivating for a number of years. It is to be noted that this proposal had
been mentioned and discussed during the Annual General Meeting of 2015.

Whereas the organisation recognises that the land in question belongs to the
government and that the rent due on the land had not been accepted by the
owner since the sixties, the organisation also understands the need for
economic development for the benefit of the community. However it also
believes that there is still space remaining in areas which have been earmarked
for industrial use, and this without taking up agricultural and/or rural land.

The organisation observes that in the Local Plan for the South, which was
approved in 2006, there exists the possibility of an extension of the industrial
zone which extends up to Tarxien Road and Cospicua Road. It also notes that
within the same Local Plan, there is a declaration by the Department of
Agriculture about the need of protecting this space from development because
of the agricultural value of the area. It also notes that within this same
agricultural area there is a large number of carob trees, which have been there
for hundreds of years. It must be kept in mind that there have been various
archaeological finds these past years within this same area.

The organisation notes that if the Buleben Industrial Zone is extended as
planned, the perimeter wall of the extension will be in very close proximity
(tens of metres) to the residential area of Gebel San Martin. The residents of
this area are already suffering from the inconvenience of noise pollution from
the existing factories.

The organisation maintains that if this plan is brought to fruition, the urban
zone of Zejtun will become physically part of the urban zone of the  Grand Harbour Area. In this way, besides doing away with the concept of a green
belt, Zejtun will lose the characteristics of a village.

The Annual General Meeting therefore unconditionally objects to these plans
and asks the Malta Industrial Parks to retract them. It also asks the
Department of Agriculture to continue protecting the agricultural value of the
area, as well as the Planning Authority to stop the issue of development
permits for the area, in conformity with the statements made in the Local Plan
for the South (2006). It also asks the Planning Authority, in its next Local Plan,
to limit the boundary of the Industrial Zone to that extant today and to remove
the possibility of any future extension beyond that existing as of today.

It herewith assigns the Executive Council the task of collecting signatures for a
petition against this extension as stated in this motion. The petition is to be
delivered to the competent authorities as soon as possible.

All Maltese, who have our environment at heart and who wish to make Malta a
better place for our children, are urged to sign the petition. For more
information, please visit the Wirt iż-Żejtun page on Facebook.

 

 

 

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NEWS: Carlo Diacono’s Bust removed for restoration

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The bronze bust of the Maltese composer Carlo Diacono, located on the facade of what used to be his family’s house at the main square of Żejtun, was this week removed from its place  by the restorer commissioned by Wirt … Continue reading

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NEWS: Wirt iż-Żejtun Treasurer Elected on MCESD Civil Society Committee

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Mr Jesmond Cutajar, Wirt iż-Żejtun Treasurer, has been nominated for the post of a representative on the Civil Society Committee of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development. Since more than one nomination was received, elections for the post … Continue reading

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NEWS: GĦAMLULNA ĠIEĦ awarded SIS Grant

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During a ceremony organised by the Malta Council for Voluntary Sector and lead by Hon Dr Helena Dalli, Minister for Civil Liberties, Social Dialogue and Consumer Affairs, Wirt iż-Żejtun was awarded grant aid to fulfil its project GĦAMLULNA ĠIEĦ (they … Continue reading

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NEWS: Wirt iż-Żejtun dedicates 2016 to Maestro Carlo Diacono

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At the end of the Annual General Meeting, held yesterday, Perit Ruben Abela, Wirt iż-Żejtun President, informed  the members that this year is going to be dedicated to Maestro Carlo Diacono, 140 years since his birth. Born at Zejtun on … Continue reading

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NEWS: Annual General Meeting 2016

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This morning Wirt iz-Zejtun held its Annual General Meeting for 2016 at the Guzeppina Curmi Hall, Zejtun. During the meeting the Secretary, Ms Traceyanne Vella Cumbo, presented the annual report for 2015 while the Treasurer, Mr Jesmond Cutajar presented the … Continue reading

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NEWS: Wirt iż-Żejtun strongly objecting to development at il-Munxar

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Following the publication of an advert by MEPA on the Sunday newspapers notifying and inviting the public to send their comments on a proposed “agritourism” project at il-Munxar, St Thomas Bay. Wirt iż-Żejtun went on Facebook to raise public awareness … Continue reading

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NEWS: The logo to commemorate the 5th Anniversary


Wirt_Zejtun_Logo_jpegThis is the logo which will be used by Wirt iż-Żejtun during the coming months to commemorate the 5th Anniversary since its foundation.

The logo was designed by the Gozitan artist Mr Marvik Muscat and was chosen following a competition held during the summer months

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NEWS: PM presented with Wirt iż-Żejtun publication

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This afternoon the executive committee of Wirt iż-Żejtun visited the Prime Minister at his office in Auberge de Castille in Valletta. During this visit the Prime Minister was presented with the latest publication of Wirt iż-Żejtun, “The Turkish Raid of … Continue reading