Senglean residents are outraged with the government's decision to uproot the trees that line the Senglea Waterfront. These trees are more than sixty years old and act as the lung of Senglea, providing shade and comfort to the pedestrians along the promenade.
The trees will be replaced by imported Asian trees, smaller in size as the road needs to be enlarged so as to accomodate the incoming tourists arriving by cruiseliners. However these trees carry a seed which is poisonous and can be dangerous.
"It lacks common sense to remove the mature trees and replace them with ornamental ones. They have been there since at least the 1960's. It is indeed sad and frustrating to witness such systematic destruction of trees. A shameful example was the beautiful row of trees that lined the Cospicua Marina which are now lost forever," commented a Senglean resident on the Facebook group, which has more than 900 members and was created purposely not to remove these trees.
Flimkien għall-Ambjent Aħjar (FAA) coordinator Astrid Vella, explained that the government last year approved to remove a law that states that trees over fifty years old can be uprooted.
ONE News is informed that trees in front of Phoenicia Hotel in Floriana will also be uprooted next week.
You can also join the cause on Facebook : http://www.causes.com/causes/792998-save-the-beautiful-mature-trees-in-senglea-waterfront