Minister Ian Borg completes ODZ pool despite ongoing appeal

Transport Minister Ian Borg who was responsible for the Planning Authority until only a few weeks ago, will soon be able to take a dip in his ODZ pool as work has now been completed despite an appeal lodged against the permit.

The Shift can reveal that works on Borg’s pool have been ongoing since last summer even though there is a pending appeal before the Environment and Planning Tribunal (EPRT) claiming that the permit issued to the minister was irregular.

In reply to questions, Minister Borg confirmed the work done saying he was given the go-ahead from the EPRT to proceed.

He said that so far, he has already forked out some €17,000 to Muscat Pool Construction, the company doing works on the field turned into the back garden for the minister’s home in the rural hamlet of Santa Katerina, in the limits of Rabat.

Minister Borg insisted he had done nothing wrong.

Following the appeal filed last August against the permit given to the minister, The Shift had observed scaffolding and machinery his field, indicating the commencement of works. At the time, Ian Borg had denied any work was taking place.

The minister has already stirred controversy over the building permit for his house in Santa Katerina, which the Ombudsman ruled was issued abusively.

Last December, in separate court proceedings, it was established that the minister had bought the land at below market value, for a paltry sum of €10,000, from an elderly man who had suffered mental problems.  The court ruled that the version of events he provided under oath were “hard to believe“. The owner’s family have strongly contested Ian Borg’s grasp of the land while their relative was ill.

The court had found Minister Borg’s testimony to be “lacking credibility” when he declared that he did not know that the field’s seller had mental health issues.

A minister determined to get a pool denied

Ian Borg had been insisting on building a pool and entertainment facilities on his field for many years even though the planning policy and local plan related to the hamlet where his home is located does not allow the building of pools on rural land.

In 2018, Minister Borg applied to build his pool on his field.

Despite policies not allowing such developments, the Planning Authority issued the permit which was later confirmed under appeal by the EPRT.

The objector challenged the issue before the Court of Appeal, which dismissed the permit.

Refusing to accept the court’s decision, the minister made a fresh attempt through a new application in which he made minor modifications to the parameters of his development. Again, the Planning Authority rushed to give the green light, which is now being contested again.

Yet the minister went ahead. His pool is done, making a mockery of the country’s planning regulations. During the whole process, his lawyer was Ian Stafrace, the former CEO of the Planning Authority.

                           
                               
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carlo
carlo
4 months ago

Arroganti, pastaz u hamallu. X’tistenna? Jikser il-kligijiet tal-pajjiz u kulhadd mutu u trux. X’pajjiz moqziez ghandna immexxi minn gvern moqzieiz – sewwa qal anglu farrugia li-parlament hu maqjel.

M.Galea
M.Galea
4 months ago
Reply to  carlo

Arroganti ta veru!! Veru pajjiz moqziez! U qisu xejn mhu xejn!

Winston Smith
Winston Smith
4 months ago

Now I understand, Hon. Borg wasn’t swearing when he said, ” ha qalanqas…anqas…anqas” he was actually singing. “Tis the season to be jolly
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la” and what an unscrupulous season for receiving has it been!

Henry s Pace
Henry s Pace
4 months ago

‘ the Ombudsman ruled was issued abusively. ‘
It was a somewhat devious manner

alfred zammit
alfred zammit
4 months ago

time will haunt him,!His arrogance and bullshitting will meet their match.

Salvu Felice-Pace
Salvu Felice-Pace
4 months ago
Reply to  alfred zammit

And Robert Abela once promised us that he will comment only after the appeal time by Ian Borg was over, months passed and we heard nothing.So the Court’s verdict that Borg’s version was not a true one stands and Bobby keeps bobbing up and down on the waves surrounding him.

Carmel Callus
Carmel Callus
4 months ago

Crooks are evrywhere. Even at Dingli Cliffs where Ian Borg, as mayor of Dingli, built a visitors’ centre with EU funds which ended up being used as a restaurant. So far this crook never explained this change of use.

jojo
jojo
4 months ago
Reply to  Carmel Callus

What about the Visitor Centre in Dwejra Gozo? No one says anything about this ‘restaurant’

Albert Bonnici
Albert Bonnici
4 months ago

The question is when is Malta going to get rid of this administartion especially with the likes of Ian Borg?

Martin Christopher
Martin Christopher
4 months ago

Get out of my way – you insignificant little insects. It’s my pool and I can have it installed and I can swim in it if I want to.
No one messes with Lord Borg – lover of traffic in excess and hater of trees and all that ensures sustainability. Ja qabda hodor.

saviour mamo
saviour mamo
4 months ago

Where is Janice Bartolo with her drone?

M.Galea
M.Galea
4 months ago
Reply to  saviour mamo

Yeah good one!!

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