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Keith Micallef

  • Over 10,000 square metres of virgin land to be lost

    Over 10,000 square metres of virgin land to be lost

    Over 10,000 square metres of agricultural land will be lost to widen Triq Buqana, in the limits of Rabat, but the government is insisting that some of it is required to save a line of trees near the Mtarfa roundabout. Nonetheless, a spokesman for...

  • Land value - not developers greed - is driving property prices' spike - MDA

    Property prices are on the rise as a result of a spike in the value of land, raw materials and labour costs and not because developers are becoming greedy, the Malta Developers Association president is insisting. Sandro Chetcuti made this point...

  • 'They just turned up and bulldozed our property’

    'They just turned up and bulldozed our property’

    Owners of the land adjacent to Tal-Balal Road are fuming over the failure of any State entity to inform them that part of their private property would be taken up to widen the thoroughfare. Aggrieved landowners who spoke to this newspaper on the...

  • Tal-Balal project shows authorities' 'disdain' for planning rules - Church Commission

    Tal-Balal project shows authorities' 'disdain' for planning rules - Church Commission

    Widening Tal-Balal Road despite having no permit in hand is a sign of the “disdain” being shown by public authorities, which are “steamrolling” over planning processes, the Church Environment Commission has warned. This remark was made in...

  • Temporary road closures in Attard causing gridlock chaos

    Temporary road closures in Attard causing gridlock chaos

    Temporary traffic arrangements in Attard as part of the reconstruction of Triq il-Linja have left much to be desired, as hundreds of motorists are ending up gridlocked each morning. Announced last Friday, the works took many by surprise, including...

  • 'Residents are fed up,' says Ħamrun mayor

    'Residents are fed up,' says Ħamrun mayor

    Complaints about the lawless state of some parts of Ħamrun inhabited by foreigners have prompted the local council to introduce tighter regulations on loitering and the consumption of alcohol. Mayor Christian Sammut announced the decision last...

  • Consumers’ lobby says law change proposals not bold enough

    Consumers’ lobby says law change proposals not bold enough

    A two-year wait for the government to come out with proposals for how to overhaul the competition law turned out to be an anti-climax for the Consumers’ Association, which said the changes were not bold enough. The comment was made in a detailed...

  • No agreement on expropriation compensation for Tal-Balal road widening

    No agreement on expropriation compensation for Tal-Balal road widening

    As work to widen Tal-Balal Road forges ahead without a planning permit, it has now emerged that there are not even agreements in place on the compensation due to the owners of the land taken up for the project. A total of 9,000 square metres of...

  • No escaping Maltese commentary for some English football games

    No escaping Maltese commentary for some English football games

    Broadcasting rights restrictions mean English Premier League followers subscribed to Total Sports Network will have to get used to Maltese-only commentary when watching Saturday’s 4pm games on TV or any game on their mobile device. And supporters...

  • Daughter to take late mother’s council seat after candidates’ no-show

    Daughter to take late mother’s council seat after candidates’ no-show

    Désirée Vella Brincat is set to be co-opted to the Pembroke local council to fill the seat vacated by her mother Evelyn, who died last month, after the absence of any Nationalist Party candidates submitting their nomination for the casual...