Court mandate cuts short MEPA’s operation against illegal scrapyard
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“Tons of illegally dumped material which turned a number of agricultural fields into an illegal scrapyard” started being removed, on Wednesday, by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), after several warning were ignored by the contravener.
MEPA said that the enforcement operation which was expected to last a number of days given the extent of the illegality and to ensure that the agricultural fields are returned back to their original state, was cut short earlier this morning after the Authority was notified to stop its direct action operations following a mandate that was presented to the Courts by the contravenor’s lawyer.
The dumped material includes, among others, large quantities of scrapped cars, trucks, white goods and tyres.
The enforcement operation which was being carried out in an ODZ area known as Ix-Xerriek, limits of Birzebbugia started with the removal of dumped material which was blocking access to a country lane that leads to the fields.
The site also forms part of a larger area which is scheduled for its archaeological importance. MEPA’s Enforcement Directorate were being assisted by members of the Administrative Law Enforcement Section. Earlier this week, the Authority also carried out enforcement action on a vacant site within a residential in Triq William Lassell in Fgura. Over the past year this site has been subject to an accumulation of illegal dumping to the detriment of residents living in the vicinity of the site.
This enforcement action was carried out in agreement with the local council, who agreed to utilise some of the Urban Improvement Funds allotted to the locality of Fgura.
When the Authority recuperates the expenses of this direct action from the site owner, it will refund them back into the Urban Improvement Fund for Fgura.