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Makeshift Mellieħa Coastal Property Will Finally Be Cleared By Malta’s Authorities

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The authorities have taken action and are set to remove the makeshift coastal property a group of people have been constructing on a piece of untouched coastline in the Dawret It-Tunnara area of Mellieħa.

Lovin Malta reported the issue to the Planning Authority a few days before publishing an article on the would-be developers.

Mellieħa local councillor Gabriel Micallef went one step further and contacted Planning Authority Chairman Johann Buttigieg who informed him that enforcement procedures had begun following an investigation between the PA and the Lands Authority.

As of yet, it is still unclear what sort of fine the people responsible for the illegal construction will be facing.

The sources who had initially sent the photos of the site, which was still standing as of Monday, did so after growing frustrated with the seemingly never-ending problem of cowboy coastal contractors.

“It’s like a Brazilian favela,” one person said.

 

The Mellieħa site as of Monday

The Mellieħa site as of Monday

Malta’s boathouses have long been a matter of some controversy, with critics finding an issue with the ease at which people were able to transform tracts of public land into their own private residences.

Successive governments turned a blind eye to the practice until recent legislation declared that any building which is visible on aerial photographs dating back up to 1978 was legally established.

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