A Gżira resident fed up of free-for-all construction in his town has named and shamed a property company that is closing roads without permits.
“Every other day, Triq ir-Rebħa in Gżira is closed because of the construction at the site of the former Adelphi Hotel. More often than not, they have no permit and no warden,” Thomas Camilleri told the consumer Facebook group Are You Being Served.
This morning he challenged the workers to show him a permit since none were displayed on the vehicles as they were are meant to be according to the law. He was told to speak to Grands Property Services because they were in charge of the site.
Camilleri went to their offices, which were empty, so he called their number but was told to call later.
“So I called the Gzira Local Council. They confirmed that Grands did not have a permit for a truck, nor to close the street,” Camilleri said.
When he pressed them about what they were going to do about it, they said: “There’s nothing we can do. Grands have long been working without permits because they do what they want.”
He then called the police in Sliema but they told him they were busy and would send someone later.
Eventually he told the truck drivers that he was calling the police and they accused him of trying to ruin their business.
“A land of cowboys with residents right at the bottom of the dung heap,” he wrote, calling on Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to remember the bravado he displayed after the latest building collapse.
“Where’s the strong hand you promised in dealing with cowboy developers? Malta’s a dump.”
His post quickly drummed up lots of support from other irate residents who shared their own stories of works being done without proper permits.