Objectors to Balluta jetty seek enforcement over ‘illegal works’

The Environment and Resources Authority is being asked to act over what activists have described as illegal works – in breach of the conditions of the related nature permit – on the Balluta jetty being proposed by the Fortina Group.

In a letter sent on behalf of Moviment Graffitti and others who have filed an appeal against the relevant nature permit issued by the ERA, lawyer Claire Bonello highlighted that the works “were not being monitored or surrounded by the requisite silt curtain” as per the conditions of the permit. Additionally, she pointed out, the works were not even in accordance with the development permit granted by the Planning Authority.

However, Bonello complained that the ERA was unreachable by phone, and that it was impossible to contact the authority for enforcement. And in the face of a clear breach of permit conditions, there was also no sign of monitoring.

“This severely prejudices appellants’ rights and aids the contravenor,” she pointed out, before asking the ERA to issue the necessary enforcement action without delay and to inform the appellants who the environmental monitor responsible is.

She threatened further legal action if the ERA failed to comply.

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