MEPA caseload decreases slightly at end of March
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During the month of March 2009, the Malta Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) decided 535 applications and received 536 new applications. The net pending caseload at the end of the month was 4,617.
Last month, the Authority processed 104 notifications of development, which, according to the Development Notification Order 2007, do not require a formal application.
In March 2009, MEPA issued 20 contraventions to developers on sites that were breaching Construction Site Management Regulations. While the highest number of offences occurred in the locality of Sliema, most of the contraventions related to the lack of hoarding and screening around building sites, not affixing of notice board on-site and insufficient barricades to block off access as a safety measure. These fines amounted to a total of €19,566.54. Inspectors also issued a total of 29 other contraventions, amounting to €6,463.89, to individuals that were found breaching the Littering Act. In this case fines were mainly issued for the illegal depositing of refuse near a public skips.
During the same month, 168 Stop and Enforcement notices were issued, 101 in Malta and 67 in Gozo. The enforcement section within MEPA closed 66 cases, 51 in Malta and 15 in Gozo. 14 other enforcement cases were sanctioned by a planning permit while another 51 cases were resolved by the owners’ decision to remove their illegal development and comply with the enforcement notice.