UPDATED (2): Work continues at Wied Qirda, as ERA insists it issued no permit
Controversy resumed on the road works at Wied Qirda in the limits of Ħaż-Żebbuġ.
Environment and Resources Authority’s officers this morning stopped the works carried out by Infrastructure Malta after they maintained that no permits were issued by the authority for the works.
However, Infrastructure Malta stated that at no time was it stopped and it resumed with the works on the road’s foundations to remove danger.
After last week, ERA issued an order to stop the works at Wied Qirda, its officers revisited the site on Monday morning and noticed that work continued on the road building at the valley and that enforcement notices were removed.
The officers once again placed the enforcement signs and told the contractor’s workers and Infrastructure Malta’s architect to stop the works.
ERA officer, Stanley Gatt, said “these works were carried out without the necessary permits under the environment act, which is administered by the Authority; therefore the Authority felt the need for an enforcement and conformity order so that the works that the authority feels are damaging the place are stopped and that the site is brought back to its natural state”.
Infrastructure Malta told TVM that at no moment did the Authority stop it from carrying out the work to remove the danger from the road.
The ERA officer stated that even in an emergency case, work at conservation sites such as Wied Qirda, need the approval of the Environment Authority.
“Such works in sites, special areas of conservation, need a special permit to work in. These permits were not issued by those entities who were responsible for the works on site”.
Infrastructure Malta said that it resumed with the reinforcement works of the road to prevent the risk of accidents. It added that it will present the works plan to the Environment Authority.
The work at Wied il-Qirda involves the building from the foundation of part of the road. Works descended five metres under the road level where concrete was laid and stone slabs were placed for the road’s foundation.
The Roads Agency stated that it will remove a small road that crosses the middle of the valley and instead, a bridge is build to provide access for the area’s properties. It added that this will prevent obstruction to water in the valley.