Ħaż-Żebbuġ’s environmental heritage is being ‘raped’ by the expansion of a rural path in the valley, according to local councillor Steve Zammit Lupi.
In a Facebook post, the councillor slammed authorities for allowing the rural path expansion, aimed at improving access, without the issuing a planning permit.
According to Zammit Lupi, the expansion of the path has tripled in size resulting in “bushes, rare flowers and even branches of carob trees being chopped down”.
Moreover, it seems like this rural path is set to be tarmacked after the councillor discovered that a truck left behind piles of the petroleum material following a crash in the valley.
“This pile of asphalt in the valley is the result of a truck which was carrying a load of asphalt and ended up crashing headfirst into the valley. A crane had to lift it out, and a serious accident could have taken place,” Zammit Lupi said.
Attempts have been made by the young councillor and mayor Malcolm Paul Galea to alert authorities to the situation. Both have requested that the works stop and an investigation be carried out.
The Ħaż-Żebbuġ local council even filed a report with ERA and visited the site along with police inspector Kylie Borg and officials from the Lands Authority and ERA.
“As long as I’ve been alive, I’ve remembered Wied Qirda to be in a derelict state, but what happened last week is salt in the wounds. This valley is part of Ħaż-Żebbuġ’s environmental heritage, and we have to take care of it,” he said.