The Malta Independent 19 May 2022, Thursday

Balluta Bay turns white as construction waste ends up in the sea

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 14:50 Last update: about 6 days ago

Part of Balluta Bay on Thursday turned white after construction waste from a development on the shore seeped into the sea.

The images of the scene were uploaded by St. Julian’s mayor Albert Buttigieg on his personal Facebook.

The waste is seeping into the sea from a development in what was formerly the Piccolo Padre/Barracuda Restaurant – a development which has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent months.

In the first instance, illegal works at the site took place on New Year’s Day, as contractors began works without any permit and by stripping the building’s traditional wooden Maltese balconies.

Then, just last week, a high tower of scaffolding came close to collapsing into the middle of the busy street beneath, posing a major danger to passers-by.

The development is owned by well-known developers Stivala Group.

“Issues of construction waste polluting the seas is nothing new,” Buttigieg lamented on Facebook, saying that in 2018 another development owned by the same Stivala Group was temporarily stopped after construction waste seeped into the bay.

“We wait for a feeble excuse!,” Buttigieg said.

 

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