James
Debono

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.

Mosta valley building application withdrawn after case officer says no
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More then 200 residents had objected to the development which touched on the...
Planning Authority unleashes domino effect on Ta’ Xbiex housing townscape
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Corner development paves way for six-storey buildings in Ta Xbiex’s...
Fleur de Lys townhouse row under threat again by five-storey block
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Left out of Birkirkara UCA, heritage watchdog tells PA traditional houses face...
Prime Minister’s application to rebuild ODZ villa set for approval
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Case officer concludes that proposal represents 'improvement' over...
St Julian’s: 33-storey Xuereb tower heading for approval
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Traffic congestion was one of the main reasons given by 71% of St...
[WATCH] Planning Authority clears illegally dumped rubble in picturesque Mtarfa valley
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After 13 years, the PA has taken direct action to clear illegally dumped inert...
Naxxar land once earmarked for disability hub makes way for substation proposal
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Part of area zoned for Reach disability hub now earmarked for 2,000sq.m...
Zurrieq: pencil development next to historic centre
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The Planning Authority has approved a five-storey development in Triq Santa...
Hal-Ghaxaq set to get picnic area
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Original adventure park dropped after objections from fireworks factories and...
ERA clears way for Amazonia redevelopment but St Paul’s Bay council objects
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​A proposed redevelopment of the Amazonia beach club in St Paul’s Bay...
New five-storey extension for Dar Bjorn
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The ALS charity run by campaigner Bjorn Formosa is eying an even larger...
‘Trees not our responsibility’, PA says in Balzan appeal
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PA says NGO concerns on survival of mature trees in Portelli Balzan project not...
To restore Għajn tal-Ħasselin, council seeks out historic water source
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Restoration works for Msida’s Għajn tal-Ħasselin will be complemented...
St Julian’s nine-storey tower near Regional Road tunnels set for refusal
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Landowner wants to rezone Regional Road public open space for two blocks of...
Comino bungalows will lead to speculation, Għajnsielem council warns
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Hili Ventures insists that bungalows will still be ‘managed’ by...
Ground stability findings eliminates Msida hotel underground parking
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11-storey hotel will not have underground parking due to ground stability...
[ANALYSIS] Can abortion really erode Labour’s super-majority?
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Labour grandee Evarist Bartolo has asked whether his party’s handling of...
8,068 applications for planning permits in 2022
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Demand for new planning permits took another dip in 2022 when compared to 2021,...
Billingualism can scotch Maltese-language learners, but migrants know its value
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For working-class migrants, learning Maltese language is the key to integration...
Transport Malta objects to supermarkets in Mrieħel and Birkirkara
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Mrieħel supermarket would prejudice future highway upgrade while supermarket...