MEPA demolishes illegal rooms in Qala and parts of Malta
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Over the past weeks, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) continued with its efforts to curb illegal development in 9 localities across Malta and Gozo. The main focus was the demolition of a number illegally built structures and a clusters of rooms, in sensitive outside development areas.
These rooms which were not only an eyesore in the countryside but also compromised the protection of our biodiversity were demolished in the localities of Qala, Rabat, Dingli and Siggiewi. Another illegal room that was demolished had been constructed right by the Knights’ Fortifications at Hay Wharf in Floriana.
MEPA removed an illegal bus shelter in a site known as Ta’ Cassia in Qala, Gozo. Other scrap, including vehicles, had been removed earlier by the owner after the Enforcement Order was served.
MEPA’s Enforcement officers also demolished a stable that was illegally constructed within a residential area at Zabbar by the side of the Bypass leading to Marsaskala. In this operation, the Authority also demolished an ashlar stone boundary wall, the gate, and removed the material that was used to form the paddock.
The Authority also removed large quantities of illegal dumped material and walling that had parceled off a piece of former garigue land in a sensitive area known as Tar-Raghad, located along the road between Mgarr and Zebbiegh. Tar-Raghad is a scheduled Area of Archaeological Importance, featuring eight window-tombs and various other archaeological remains. During this operation great care was taken to proceed sensitively and not to cause damage to any garigue remnants in the surrounding areas.
The entrance to a quarry at Tal-Mentna in Mqabba that was being used for the illegal deposition of material was sealed off by MEPA Enforcement officers.
Photos – Top two show an illegal bus shelter in a site known as Ta’ Cassia in Qala, Gozo, before and after. Bottom left shows removal of a room in Rabat, Malta and right in Siggiewi.