Illegally built concrete platforms used for caravans in St Thomas Bay and illegal structures around the boathouses of Santa Marija, Mellieħa were among the various direct action operations carried out by the MEPA’s Enforcement officers over the past days. The Authority also removed large quantities of dumped construction waste in Mosta, Għaxaq and Marsaskala as it continued with its efforts to curb illegal development along the coast, in residential areas and sensitive rural areas.
Following direct action carried out last March, Mepa continued to demolish the remaining concrete platforms that over the years have been constructed along the St Thomas Bay coast to accommodate caravans and other similar structures. During this operation, enforcement personnel also removed material that had been illegally dumped along the roadside and onto the coast.
MEPA also continued with its efforts to safeguard public coastal areas by carrying out a direct action operation spanning over two days in front of the boathouses at the bottom of Wied Għajn Żejtuna, known as Ix-Xatt ta’ Santa Marija in Mellieħa.
In this operation, MEPA officials accompanied by ALE police supervised the removal of a number of low terrace walls, canopies and other protruding structures that were illegally impeding public access.
Over a two day period, the enforcement team within Mepa removed over 70 truckloads of illegally dumped material from two sites located just off a residential area which adjoins the Mosta Technopark. These two sites were becoming an inconvenience and a possible health hazard to the residents living nearby. At the end of the two-day operation, MEPA placed concrete blocks that preclude vehicular access to this area so that the dumping does not resume. Although the land owners remain unknown, this land some years ago was included in the rationalised development zone boundaries. Once a development application is be submitted to Mepa for the development of this land, the applicant will be charged with the expenses for this direct action operation.
In the same area, but on alternative sites, a number of illegalities were removed by the land owners including a number of precast concrete planks and stables. A skip operator who was illegally stationing a number of skips in the area complied with the Enforcement Officers’ request to have his skips immediately removed from the site.
The Authority also moved in, on a site in the area known as il-Magħqad, limits of Għaxaq, where it removed over 60 truckloads of illegally dumped material. The site owner had co-operated by removing a number of illegally dumped scrapped vehicles.