Endeavours commenced this week by various entities to have removed various caravans from Mistra Bay which is a scheduled ecological zone.
Infrastructure Malta began placing sizeable rocks around the bay to enable its use by swimmers and so that caravans and vehicles will no longer continue the pollution of the protected environment of this pebble bay.
Large rocks have been placed at the end of the road to prevent access to caravans and vehicles. This process began after investigations that started last September by the Commissioner for the Environment and Planning within the Ombudsman’s Office after continual complaints that caravans and campers were highly occupying the bay.
When Infrastructure Malta tried to lay the stone blocks they could not cover the whole bay as parts contained caravans and vehicles.
Transport Malta has now posted notices on these caravans and vehicles that they are to remove these vehicles and caravans within seven days, giving them until this coming Monday. This will enable Infrastructure Malta to continue placing stone blocks. A visit to the bay this morning witnessed Police from the Environmental Protection Unit inspecting the vehicles parked there.
Television Malta asked Transport Malta what is to happen to caravans parked there but the Authority did not comment and said there are Court procedures on the matter.
Because of Ombudsman investigations, the matter had to stop but measures have still been implemented by the Environment and Resources Authority, Infrastructure Malta, Transport Malta and the Local Councils of Mellieħa and St Paul’s Bay.
Sources told TVM that as long as the caravans are properly licenced, are on four wheels and parked properly, little can be done. The same sources said that vehicles parked in the bay and not on the road are breaching off-roading regulations that fall under the Planning Authority.
Stephen Saliba from the Environment and Resources Authority explained to TVM that the area has a natural and rare environment and particular species inhabit the area. He said such sites need to be protected as much as possible and preserved and that is why actions have taken place.
The measures are to reduce access to vehicles and not people because vehicles and caravans were harming the environment.
He said this is just a first phase and ERA will be removing alien species from the bay such as canes and the zone will be regenerated by typical species in the areas where sea water mingles with fresh water.