MEPA has recently closed access to a dwelling and garage built without permit in Marsaxlokk. This site had already been sealed off last year but the MEPA seals on the premises were broken so the Authority took the matter a step further by placing concrete barriers in front of all access to the illegal dwelling and structures.
The illegal development consists of the construction of a totally new dwelling, wooden structures, a boundary wall, gate and paving, all without the necessary permits. The site was hit by several Stop and Enforcement notices (ECF800/97 and 330/06). In August 2006, the site was subject to a Direct Action operation where the accesses to the dwelling and garage were sealed off.
Meanwhile, the owner submitted a Planning Application (PA4063/06) and appealed against the Direct Action. The planning application is currently being recommended for dismissal at re-consideration stage, after having been refused by the DCC.
Recent updating inspections on site by the Enforcement officers showed that the MEPA Seals had been broken. A decision was taken to seal the premises with concrete blocks and close off all apertures to the site. MEPA does not exclude further actions on site.