Wied Qirda works weren’t covered with necessary permit – Standards Commissioner

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The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has found that the works in Wied Qirda had taken place without a permit, however, he also found that Infrastructure Ian Borg was not responsible for the unauthorised works in the valley on the outskirts of Haz-Zebbug.

In a statement on Monday evening, the Office of the Standards Commissioner said that after it investigated a complaint lodged by former AD chairman and independent candidate Arnold Cassola, it came to the conclusion that there was nothing to indicate that Minister Borg had ordered Infrastructure Malta to defy a Stop and Compliance Order issued by the Environment and Resources Authority and to proceed with works without a permit.

Cassola had filed the complaint against Minister Borg and Infrastructure Malta CEO Frederick Azzopardi in November 2019.

The Commissioner could only investigate the minister as the public entity’s CEO was not subject to the Standards in Public Life Act.

The works not only had taken place without the necessary permit but the Commissioner also found that the stop order which was issued by ERA was not observed straight away. This was confirmed by the authority itself, the Commissioner said.

“There was no indication that Minister Borg had given orders for the works to continue,” the Commissioner said.

From its investigation, the Commissioner found that ERA had intervened “promptly” and later it reached an agreement with Infrastructure Malta about a methodology for the works to continue in a manner that would avoid damage to the valley environment.