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James Debono is MaltaToday's chief reporter on environment, planning and land use issues, and one of the newspaper's main political analysts. Apart from blogging regularly on politics, James Debono won the IGM national press awards' environmental reporter of the year in 2011 for his report showing how a beverage company that extracted over 51,000 of cubic metres of water every year from the national water table for free, was awarded an environmental award by the University of Malta. Debono also heads Mediatoday's survey unit, which has conducted polls on all electoral appointments since 2008, correctly predicting the outcome of all elections and the 2011 divorce referendum.

He read history and obtained his Masters' degree from the University of Malta, and in the past worked for TV production house Where's Everybody before joining MaltaToday in 2005. A co-founder of Moviment Graffitti and active in Moviment ghall-Ambjent, he served as a media officer for Alternattiva Demokratika - the Green Party. James is married and has a son. His interests include listening to music and reading.
Planning al fresco platform? Restaurants must cough up €4,192 for each parking space lost
Townscapes 10-08

Owners of demountable platforms erected to host al fresco diners will be expected to pay a “planning gain” amounting to twice the contribution they pay now for taking up parking spaces

ERA objects to Mdina road petrol station, just 400m down from nearest pump
Townscapes 10-08

The Environment and Resources Authority is objecting to the relocation of am urban petrol station’s licence on Valley Road, Msida to Mdina Road, Attard

Superintendence calls for survey of Harq Hammiem cave
Nature 10-08

The Superintendence for Cultural Heritage is calling for a full survey of the Ħarq Ħammiem cave in view of the db Group’s proposed City Centre project on the site formerly occupied by the Institute for Tourism Studies

No permit for Transport Malta work at Gudja junction
Townscapes 09-08

Road works near the Dawret il-Gudja roundabout o have started in the absence of a planning permit but Transport Malta is insisting that it is 'collaborating' with the Planning Authority

Keeping track of Malta’s development boom? Tips on the new PA website
Environment 09-08

Revamped just two weeks after a suspension of normal search facilities, you can now consult this guide on tracking down Planning Authority applications

Just €2,807 for extra five storeys on Gzira tower
Townscapes 09-08

A second application to add five storeys to the 16-storey ‘14 East’ tower in Gzira, on the site of the former United Garage, is being recommended for approval by the Planning Authority’s planning directorate

Yacht Club fighting Ta’ Xbiex eviction
Townscapes 08-08

Illegal expropriation of Playing Fields Association from land being contested by Royal Malta Yacht Club

Saghtrija illegalities set to be regularised
Townscapes 04-08

The illegalities awaiting sanctioning include a 38m2 chapel, a 38m2 horse stable with paddock, a 22m2 sheep pan, a 23m2 chicken coop and a 36m2 agricultural store

MaltaToday Survey | 29% hire a sun bed but 55% want fewer of them
Data & Surveys 03-08

Going to the beach is an integral part of Maltese summer life, to the extent that 77% go to the beach at least once a week while 7% go to swim every day

PA website still lacks facility to search enforcements by locality
National 03-08

Another feature in the old website which is still lacking is a list of pending ODZ (Outside Development Zone) and UCA (Urban Conservation Areas) applications in the 68 Maltese and Gozitan localities

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