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TRUTH IS OF NO COLOUR WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT SUNDAY • 20 AUGUST 2023 • ISSUE 1242 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY Experts want to down- scale land reclamation in Spinola Bay to build a lido and two swimming pools PAGE 3 PA gives go-ahead for 200sq.m villa with pool to replace 15sq.m room PAGE 9 Waterpolo pitch It's magic! Name and shame maltatoday PAGE 5 Sliema mayor JOHN PILLOW defends his controversial litter campaign INTERVIEW MT2 KARL AZZOPARDI SLIEMA, St Julian's, Swieqi and Gzira have been plagued by a rubbish crisis caused by an inad- equate waste collection system, lack of enforcement and irre- sponsibility. As photos of torn garbage bags and rats feasting on the waste make the rounds on social me- dia, mayors vent their frustration over a situation they have little control over. MaltaToday tried to understand the reason for what appears to be a long-stand- ing problem that is getting out of control. From irresponsible owners of short-let apartments to citizens who disregard waste collec- tion time; from inadequate waste collection systems for large population centres to a general lack of enforcement; the problems are many and yet lo- cal councils, which are normally the first port of call for residents, have been stripped of the power to do anything about the deterio- rating situation. PAGES 13 - 15 SEE ALSO Editorial & Josanne Cassar's opinion in MT2 KURT SANSONE GOVERNMENT has been sit- ting on the conclusions of an army grievances board for more than five years, leaving hun- dreds of mostly ex-soldiers frus- trated and angry. The grievances board was set up in 2017 to address claims of past injustices in the Armed Forces of Malta and had received around 700 cases for consideration. However, more than five years after the board, then headed by retired Lt Col Alex Dalli, con- cluded its work and presented its findings to the Home Affairs Ministry, no action has been tak- en. The 2017 board was the third one to be set up since 2013 deal- ing with complaints of injustice in the army before Labour came to power. Justice denied: Hundreds of ex-soldiers in limbo over grievances complaints For five years government has been sitting on the findings of an AFM grievances board, promising justice but failing to deliver A rubbish crisis €1.95

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