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ACTIVISTS, FARMERS AND RESIDENTS APPEAL DECISION TO UPROOT DINGLI TREES

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Moviment Graffitti, Dingli farmers and residents are appealing a decision to uproot two 300-year old carob trees to make way for a new road.

On Wednesday residents and activists disrupted the felling of the trees, after workers turned up to clear the way for a controversial road project through farmland.

An environment authority permit allows the uprooting of trees, including the two carob trees and a pomegranate tree as well as the “heavy pruning” of an additional carob tree.

On Friday the NGO said it had filed an appeal with the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal against ERA's decision to issue the permit for the uprooting of the trees.

The work, they added, had started illegally during the period in which the appeal may be filed.

The appellants are contesting ERA’s "unreasonable decision" to grant this permit.

They added that, contrary to what has been claimed by IM, only part of the proposed road is schemed, with the rest being situated in an Out of Development Zone area.

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