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NEWS: Launch of the third book in the series “Għamlulna Ġieħ”

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This morning at the Żejtun Parish Museum, Wirt iż-Żejtun launched the third book in the series “Għamlulna Ġieħ”. The aim behind this series of publications is to gather researched information about persons from Żejtun who during their life made name … Continue reading

NEWS: A declaration to safeguard our heritage


We spend most of our lives within the built environment, be it at home, at a place of work, or whilst participating in education, business or relaxation. The state of the built environment has a major impact on the quality of life of all the citizens of these islands.

Rapid changes are taking place, dramatically and irreversibly transforming the distinctive architectural character, streetscape, and skyline of our towns and villages, which have evolved harmoniously over several generations, and which are now being severely compromised and even at risk of being lost. We are now witnessing indiscriminate demolition of built and other cultural assets, and a general impoverishment of the quality of our urban areas.

We must stand up to this onslaught. Today, a group of 22 entities have come together to sign a declaration calling for the preservation of our built heritage.
We chose today as it is the International Day for Monuments and Sites, and the theme for this year is “Heritage for Generations.” The Declaration we are signing is titled: Our Legacy – Wirtna. Our fundamental message is that how we treat our heritage is the legacy we leave for future generations.

Wirt iż-Żejtun is one of the entities supporting this declaration.

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NEWS: Buleben saved for ever

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It has just been confirmed at the Parliament’s Environment and Planning Committee that the area which was zoned for industrial development, pending detailed studies, in the 2006 South Malta Local Plan is being reversed to an area Outside Development Zone. … Continue reading

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NEWS: Proposal for a new Fuel Station in Żejtun

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Few weeks after the closure of the successful campaign by Wirt iż-Żejtun on the proposed extension of the Bulebel Industrial Estate, we are again being faced with further development proposals which if approved will take up further green open space … Continue reading

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NEWS: We have saved Buleben for our future generations

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Wirt iż-Żejtun, the local NGO which expressed a national voice during the past weeks welcomes the statement made today by the Economy Minister Chris Cardona and Environment Minister Jose’ Herrera that government will be committed to reverse Buleben land from potential … Continue reading

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NEWS: Wirt iż-Żejtun presented its findings in Parliament

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This evening Wirt iż-Żejtun Executive Committee attended to the sitting of the Environment and Planning Parliamentary Committee which was called to discuss the proposal for the extension of Buleben Industrial Estate following a motion presented by Hon Dr Godfrey Farrugia. … Continue reading

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NEWS: Possible discovery of a lost medieval church

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The research being carried out by Wirt iż-Żejtun on the Buleben Feudal Estate, with the assistance of a number of voluntary experts in different fields is yielding very positive results and unfolding the cultural and natural assets of this area … Continue reading

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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: Alessandro (Xandru) Farrugia (1791 – 1871)

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Wirt iż-Żejtun is dedicating this year to the sculptor Alessandro Farrugia, known as Mastru Xandru. He was born in Żejtun on 2nd February 1791, son of Giuseppe and Domenica nee’ Abela.  In 1814 he married Marianna, widow of Giuseppe Zahra.  … Continue reading

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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