Mosta band club fireworks factory permit annulled by court

A Judge has ordered that a permit for a fireworks factory issued in the 1980’s be annulled.

Mr. Justice Meli, who presided over the First Hall of the Civil Court, ruled in favour of property owners in the area who filed a case against the PAPB, and the Santa Marija Band Club of Mosta.
Mr. Justice Meli, who presided over the First Hall of the Civil Court, ruled in favour of property owners in the area who filed a case against the PAPB, and the Santa Marija Band Club of Mosta.

A permit for the construction of a fireworks factory in Zebbiegh, which was issued during the 1980's by the then Planning Area Permits Board (PAPB) was annulled by Mr. Justice Silvio Meli, after ruling that the factory was located too close to inhabited buildings.

Mr. Justice Meli, who presided over the First Hall of the Civil Court, ruled in favour of property owners in the area who filed a case against the PAPB, and the Santa Marija Band Club of Mosta.

The case goes back to 1989, when property owners had filed to stop the factory's development.

They argued that contrary to regulations, the permit was issued despite it being closer than the established 183 metres distance from a road which was regularly in use.

Mr. Justice Meli stressed the Court's disappointment at the delay in handing such a judgment after so many years.

He concluded that the permit was in violation of the Explosives' Ordinance andit annulled the building permit.

 

 

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