DIRECT ACTION STARTS AGAINST ILLEGAL MOSTA FOOTBALL CLUB DEVELOPMENT
The Enforcement Directorate within MEPA today started demolishing the roofing of an illegally constructed two-storey building adjacent to the Mosta football ground. This action was being taken just a few days after the enforcement order was issued, after the developer defied the Authority’s warnings on a number of occasions.
Early last week, the Authority investigated a number of complaints and found that a two-storey building was being built in an outside development area adjacent to the Mosta football ground, away from the road and hemmed in between some existing structures.
While it was evident that the concrete roofing was being planned, the Enforcement Officers stopped the works and ordered the workers off the site together with their crane and vehicles. The architect was also immediately informed that works were to stop and the roofing was not to take place since no development permit application had ever been submitted.
A subsequent site inspection by MEPA Enforcement Officers, three days later, resulted in workers being found on site preparing the reinforcement mesh for the roof. Works were again stopped, and the architect again advised that the roofing was not to be laid.
However, notwithstanding all these warnings, early Saturday morning the developer and architect went ahead with their planned work and roofed up the two storey building with concrete.
In view of this blatant disregard of MEPA Enforcement instructions and the Enforcement Order, MEPA today begun to demolish the roof of this building. Works proceeded until soon after noon, MEPA was stopped by a prohibitory injunction provisionally accepted by the Courts.
Following the Mepa Reform, the sanctioning of this large two-storey structure in an ODZ area is now not possible. The developer will have to drop down the entire building for the Authority to even consider accepting the submission of a planning application for any development on this site.