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Mepa lacks resources to deal with the big developers – Audit Officer

The planning authority lacks resources to deal with big developers despite its significant legal powers, outgoing audit officer Joseph Falzon has said, reacting to the latest environmental abuse by construction magnates Polidano Brothers. Mepa should have been on guard given the contractor’s long track record of environmental abuse, according to Mr Falzon, who is set to step down from his position at the authority at the end of the month. “When we had carried out the Xemxija inquiry (in 2006) he (Charles Polidano, known as ?aqnu) already had a number irregularities against his name. Many of it is known and it is known how he operates,” Mr Falzon said, admitting though that he had not really looked into the recent case. The authority swooped on the group’s headquarters in ?al-Farru? on Thursday to forcibly halt an illegal development at the back of the property by barricading access to the site. Two large illegal depots which were developed through the illegal dumping of hundreds of tons of rubble onto the fields behind the company’s premises, were sealed off along with a new concrete structure that was being developed, also illegally. The dumping had been going on at least since… timesofmalta.com http://www.allplacedout.com/mepa-lacks-resources-to-deal-with-the-big-developers-audit-officer/

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Mepa lacks resources to deal with the big developers – Audit Officer