Enforcement notice issued as Red Cross sets up ‘maritime station’ at Aħrax

Miguela Xuereb

The Malta Red Cross Society has been slapped with an enforcement notice – on which daily fines are due – after it cordoned off a coastal area in l-Aħrax tal-Madonna, Mellieħa to set up a “maritime station.”

The Red Cross set up shop in the garigue right next to the Ta’ Qassisu entrenchment, a defensive structure built by the Knights in the 18th century which is also known simply as Is-Sur.

The Planning Authority’s enforcement notice highlights that the Red Cross set up two large marquees and two other square structures and parked a camper van. It also placed four water tanks, a generator and two boat carriers before enclosing the site with makeshift metal barriers.

The site is public, and is protected as a site of ecological importanace and high landscape value.

The MRCS appears to be using the site to support its rescue boats and jet skis, and is understood to be planning to file an appeal.