Site restora­tion works at Ta’ Muxi in ac­cor­dance with ap­proved method state­ment

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Plan­ning Author­ity can con­firm that on­go­ing works around the quarry area of Ta’ Muxi in Gozo are be­ing car­ried out in ac­cor­dance with an ap­proved restora­tion method state­ment for the en­tire site area.

Back in 2010, the author­ity had is­sued an en­force­ment no­tice af­ter a large area in the Ta’ Muxi area was sig­nif­i­cantly dis­turbed with the il­le­gal dump­ing of in­ert ma­te­rial. Over the past two years, the author­ity put pres­sure on the land own­ers to re­in­state the site back to its orig­i­nal state in­clud­ing, bring­ing the ter­rain lev­els as can be viewed from the pho­togram­met­ric cap­tured in 1993.

In fact, to date, most of the ma­te­rial that had been dumped has been re­moved from the site and has been placed in the nearby quarry. A large num­ber of rub­ble walls that had been de­mol­ished dur­ing the dump­ing of ma­te­rial have been re­con­structed as per ap­proved method state­ment and us­ing tra­di­tional prac­tices. Some of the restored fields have al­ready started be­ing used for agri­cul­ture pur­poses.

The Author­ity can con­firm that over the past weeks and months no fur­ther dump­ing has taken place on site and no im­por­ta­tion of soil from out­side the site has taken place in or­der to cover this il­le­gal dumped ma­te­rial.

On­go­ing trench­ing works that are cur­rently tak­ing place at the top end of the site are part of the ter­rac­ing and lev­el­ling of the site where rub­ble walls will be con­structed.

The author­ity will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the site to en­sure that the site own­ers fully com­ply to the ap­proved method state­ment for the en­tire site.

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