Alternattiva Demokratika Żgħażagħ – Green Youth has called on MEPA to halt further development in Wied il-Għasel during next Thursday’s appeal. As the last remaining natural valley passing through a village-centre, which MEPA itself lists as an area of ecological importance, the valley should be protected accordingly.
Reuben Zammit, chairperson of ADŻ, stated: “Irreversible damage has already been done to the valley. Further incursions would deprive us of yet another of our few remaining undeveloped areas and of what little is left of our countryside and natural waterways. We therefore join Alternattiva Demokratika, Nature Trust and Ħarsien Patrimonju Mosti in clamouring for an end to this madness. MEPA cannot possibly ignore the objections of 24,000 Maltese who hold the valley at heart.”
Last Sunday, around 20 individuals joined ADŻ in an extensive tour of the valley lasting over four hours. The tour was conducted by a professional guide who pointed out the natural as well as historical beauties of the valley and contrasted them with the man-made scar that the contested development constitutes.