PA still ‘communicating’ with minister about illegal pool three months on

The Planning Authority will apparently ‘consider other steps’ if Ian Borg does not remove the pool himself.

 

The Planning Authority is treating Minister Ian Borg with kid gloves when it comes to the illegal development of an Outside Development Zone field into a swimming pool and large outdoor entertainment area that has been declared illegal by the courts twice over.

Three months after a court ruling that declared the contentious development illegal, Planning Minister Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi has confirmed that no enforcement order has been issued.

Foreign Minister Borg had been the planning minister when the illegal development took place.

Pressed in Parliament by Opposition MP Stanley Zammit to explain why Borg’s illegal development is being given the soft approach when it comes to the enforcement of a court order, Zrinzo Azzopardi merely said that “the PA is still communicating with Ian Borg”.

“At the moment, now that the development has been declared illegal, the PA is communicating with him to see whether he will be removing the illegal development himself.”

If his Cabinet colleague “does not remove the illegalities himself, or present a new application, the Authority will consider other steps,” Zrinzo Azzopardi asserted without elaborating.

Sources at the Planning Authority have informed The Shift that the minister is now suggesting that his colleague files a new application, which will buy him a few more summers at the illegal poolside.

This, however, will not lead to the sanctioning of the development since the court has made it clear that swimming pools in the rural Santa Katerina valley are precluded by the area’s Local Plan.

“The only solution for Ian Borg would be for the government to change the area’s policy. Although nothing is impossible with the way the government is currently administering the country, it would be blatant,” the PA official said.

Borg has still not commented on the situation since the 15 March court ruling.

The minister is also ignoring The Shift’s questions about whether he will be removing the pool and reverting the field to its original state.

Prime Minister Robert Abela has meanwhile not taken any action against Borg despite the blatant illegality of his actions.

Borg had been responsible for the Planning Authority when he was given an illegal permit to turn a field, which he acquired under extremely dubious circumstances for just €10,000, into his home’s large outside entertainment area and pool.

The courts have twice declared Borg’s permit to have been illegal.

Instead of waiting for the conclusion of a pending appeal against the development, Borg rushed to begin work on the pool in 2020 , knowing full well that the development would most likely be declared illegal at the end of the day.

                           
                           
                               
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Osservatore
Osservatore
3 months ago

Just send in the bulldozers, and bill the cowboy for the expense of restoring the area, plus an additional fine as a deterrent to others. As always, PA bullies the weak and does nothing with the ‘strong’!

jon
jon
3 months ago
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same goes for courts…

mark
mark
3 months ago

Mhux hi taghtu l-permess illegali biex jibnieha? Jekk xejn, il-passi legali ghandha tehodhom kontriha stess. X’qed jistenna Ian Borg biex ifittex lill-awtorità u lil shabu fl-awtorità li agevolawh b’permess illegali? X’jafu fuqu dawn in-nies?

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Peter Vella
Peter Vella
3 months ago

All pigs are equal, but some are more equal than others. – Quote ‘Animal Farm.’

A. Fan
A. Fan
3 months ago

Who are we mere mortals to question the ways of the divine (even if we are the ones paying their bills)? Once affirmed by the illiterati, the anointed ones can do no wrong.

makjavel
makjavel
3 months ago

This will be found to have become a fish pond for exotic fish and sharks from Panama.

Joe l ghasfur
Joe l ghasfur
3 months ago

Dal ministru daqxejn bully nahseb ghax meta kien ministru hu tghidx kemm baghthom jigru malil gaffa u it trakkijiet fuq bicca kamra go ghalqa ta habib tieghej. Dal pajjiz ma fadalx gustizja ta xejn min hu l aqwa ihawel. Jien ilni nieghed li dal pajjiz spicca hu ghandi ragun.

Greed
Greed
3 months ago

The clue is or if he presents another application?

C Portelli
C Portelli
3 months ago

There is nothing to communicate about.
Just do your job send in the bulldozers.
But then I forgot – this pig is more equal than others.

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