PA finally acts on Portelli trucks dumping waste in Mgarr ix-Xini

PA acts following The Shift’s intervention


A part of Mgarr Ix-Xini valley in Gozo, is being used as a dumping ground for construction waste deposited by trucks bearing the name of J.Portelli Projects and his associate Anthony Bugeja, known as Ix-Xrik, with the Planning Authority taking over six months to take action.

The illegal activity has been going on since at least August 2023, with tens of trucks dumping waste into the area every day, causing significant damage to the rural and previously untouched area.

After sending pictures to the Planning Authority and asking why it had not taken action to stop them, the Planning Authority told The Shift that it had just issued an enforcement action against the contraveners.

Enforcement stop notice issued by the PA after The Shift’s intervention

According to the Planning Authority, an inspection of the area by its officers was only carried out after The Shift’s questions.

“Further to your query, kindly note that last week, the Authority investigated the case and identified the contravener. The Authority is issuing an Enforcement Notice which requires the contravener for the illegally dumped material to be removed,” the Planning Authority said,

According to the stop and enforcement order now in place (EC0002/24), the Planning Authority listed the contravener as Paul Galea, accusing him of turning his fields into a dumping ground for inert waste.

A photo of the dumping in action

However, The Shift is informed that while Galea is the title holder of the land, pictures of the illegal activity and sources familiar with the area said the trucks dumping waste belong to J.Portelli Projects, Bugeja and other Portelli associates.

The Shift is informed that the illegal activity is continuing despite the enforcement order.

PA takes six months to act

Pictures and videos published on social media by independent candidate Arnold Cassola last August showed the illegal activity taking place. Despite it being public knowledge, the Planning Authority did not act.

Two of the trucks being used for illegal dumping

The trio, Joseph Portelli and his associates, Mark Agius, known as Ta’ Dirjanu and Daniel Refalo – a Comino beach concessionaire turned developer –  already operate another illegal former quarry in San Lawrenz, which they have been using for dumping construction waste for years without a permit.

It is unknown why they have now decided to start dumping waste at Mgarr ix-Xini as well.

Despite a stop and enforcement notice issued on their Tal-Misrah quarry in San Lawrenz in 2019, the illegal activity continues. The Randu brothers and Joseph Zammit officially own the quarry, however, its ‘management’ was passed on to Portelli and his associates.

No action has been taken by the Planning Authority or other authorities to shut down the San Lawrenz site.

Next to Tal-Misrah, Portelli and associates also installed an illegal concrete batching plant in another disused quarry known as Ta’ Qasam San Pawl. The quarry is owned by the Lands Authority.

Again, a stop and enforcement order issued by the Planning Authority was ignored, and the illegal plant continues to operate.

The Gozo Ministry regularly buys its concrete from Portelli’s illegal plant for public works.


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Paul Bonello
Paul Bonello
1 month ago

You do not have to be an anthropologist to realise that a state in which might is right, where laws are applied selectively, where impunity reigns, is a dysfunctional state similar to places where Mafia organisations act like warlords over their territory unfettered by norms of civilisation and rule of law. It is indeed an understatement to say that this is not the left wing Labour government that Malta in Europe ought to have.

Last edited 1 month ago by Paul Bonello
El Ninho
El Ninho
1 month ago

And if you take out the wrong rubbish …. Bang a 100euro fine. Yet these parasites are untouchable

1 month ago

PA finally acts on Portelli trucks dumping waste in Mgarr ix-Xini?
Put another way, they will do bugger all about it because Portelli as “friends”

Joseph Tabone Adami
Joseph Tabone Adami
1 month ago
Reply to  wenzu

Only the other day someone described the initials P.A. as simply ‘Portelli’s Asswipe’.

Was it the wrong description? Many will say ‘Certainly NOT’

Last edited 1 month ago by Joseph Tabone Adami
Alfted Briffa
Alfted Briffa
1 month ago

Issa jmur Dr Clint tal-PA u miegħu x’aktarx jieħu s-senter akkompanjat mill-armata Għaqda Nassaba u Kaċċaturi.

Francis Said
Francis Said
1 month ago

What happened to project green, has it now been changed to project dump construction waste?

Orchard Road
Orchard Road
1 month ago

Hawwadni ha nifhem dal- pajjiz. Baqa’ xi hadd sew tghid?

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