The Ombudsman and Commissioner for Environment and Planning welcome operation in Rabat Gozo and appeal for long term enforcement

The Parliamentary Ombudsman, Judge Emeritus Joseph Zammit McKeon, and the Commissioner for Environment and Planning, Perit Alan Saliba welcome the operation carried out by officials from the Malta Tourism Authority, the Planning Authority, the Lands Authority, and the police to restore order in St George’s Square, Rabat, Gozo so that outdoor occupation of the square does not exceed the approved 111 square metres in concessions.

On 13th June 2024, the Commissioner for Environment and Planning had written to the Commissioner of Police to take immediate action with the assistance of the authorities responsible for regulating and enforcing the use of outside tables and chairs by catering establishments.

The Office of the Ombudsman has been actively addressing the concerns arising from the lack of enforcement of outdoor dining regulations. The Ombudsman and the Commissioner for Environment and Planning appeal for long-term solutions to enforce regulations on outside tables and chairs.

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