Malta is "impotent" with big developers
Front page article with the above heading on the Times of Malta 11th. April 2006. The report commissioned by the Enviroment minister 2 months ago is finally out, and holds the Malta Enviroment and Planning Authority indirectly responsible.
The Malta Independent chose to break the news in a small article within the paper, and no visibility on the newspaper's website.
The Times of Malta article, which is on the front page and continues for nearly a full page inside, with photos, can be read online here (for the next month before archiving).
The opening paragraphs by reporter Mark Micallef are:
"Developers Polidano Brothers were left to do as they pleased at their Xemxija site prior to January's mudslide, the inquiry report into the incident has concluded, adding that the planning authority is "impotent" when it comes to controlling big developers.
In frank language, the report, commissioned by Environment Minister George Pullicino some two months ago, notes that the Malta Environment and Planning Authority is indirectly responsible for what happened on the site.
The inquiry was ordered after The Times reported that excavations taking place at the site adjacent to the St Paul's Bay bypass had caused a mudslide which left part of a building sticking out dangerously in mid-air. "