A Facebook post, uploaded by Jake Scerri Seychell, captured the noisy reality many Valletta residents are facing as music in bars and pubs is given leeway to continue until 1am under supposed ‘moderate’ conditions.
The filming was done on Sunday 11th September at around midnight. ‘If the government and the local councils continue to stand their ground and don’t change this law, they are effectively telling Valletta residents to move out and live somewhere else.’
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Scerri Seychell pointed to Valletta mayor Alfred Zammit’s statement last week when he stated that the noise is moderate and thus supported this new law and noisy environment.
This ‘pro-business’ attitude, said Scerri Seychell, is not keeping in mind the citizens and should instead turn towards quality tourism which financially supports all those who have businesses in the capital city.
‘I too am pro-business and believe that a lively Valletta is amazing, but there needs to be a balance to accommodate the residents with the lifestyle they deserve’.
The issue was brought up by various individuals and groups, including former foreign minister Evarist Bartolo. He had highlighted how police were ill-equipped to deal with keeping music moderate all over the capital city. Many residents have asked the government to retract the law, saying that Valletta risks becoming a new Paceville.