“Number of migrants on cow farm increased after enforcement notice” – PA

REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

The Planning Authority confirmed that the number of people residing on the Qormi cow farm increased considerably after the enforcement notice was served to the contravener. The Planning Authority was replying to questions sent by Newsbook.com.mt.

The Planning Authority carried an inspection on the Qormi cow farm on 12 July following reports that the said farm was being used for residential purposes. The owner of the said farmer was instructed by the Planning Authority to stop using the cow farm illegally as a residential building.

A spokesperson for the Authority said that seven days following the inspection a notice was affixed on the site as per law however this was removed by the occupier.

A month after the inspection the Planning Authority closed down the farm and evicted those living on the farm. Over 100 migrants were found to be living on the cow farm in squalid conditions. Many media reports said that the migrants ended subsequently homeless.

Newsbook.com.mt sent questions to the Parliamentary Secretary for Social Accommodation Roderick Galdes, and the Police on the case, however none replied until the time of writing.