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Sliema Residents Protest Waste, Lack Of Enforcement & More
Taking to the streets, many residents from Sliema protested against the lack of enforcement when it comes to waste management, e-scooter abuse and other social issues impacting the localities.
The citizens, who met at Fond Għadir, Tower Road Sliema, voiced their frustration about the state of their locality.
With tables and chairs on pavements, double parkings rendering the roads into single lane use, lack of parking, apartments being occupied beyond their capacity, drainage leakages on bays and in the surrounding waters and much, much more.
Speaking on behalf of the Sliema Residents’ Association, Astrid Vella said that ‘over the last 10 years, we have increased with almost 3000 apartments, over a 100 permits for restaurants and bars, and have proposals for 11 more hotels.’
‘We don’t need these. We need more funding for our local councils. We are accommodating the tourists that the rest of the country benefits from, but we’re not getting more budget.’
New Open Space Inaugurated In Baħar Iċ-Ċagħaq
Minister for Public Works and Planning Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, together with Mayor of Naxxar Anne Marie Muscat Fenech Adami, inaugurated the renovation of an open space known as ‘Ġnien Santa Marija tal-Anġli’ in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq in the limits of Naxxar.
This open space serves as a recreational space for the community as well as the families who visit.
The space saw maintenance works taking place in the recreation zone for kids as well as the placement of new pavements, new lighting systems which consume less energy as well as a new CCTV camera system.
Extensive work on the security of the zone was also done to avoid the potential for vandalism in the zone.
The Minister thanked the workers of the Department of Public Works for their effort and hard works, as they gave the space a new refurbished look and made it safer for all.
He expressed how such projects show that the government is using all the available resources to be a shoulder for the local councils to carry out projects in our communities.
On her part, the mayor expressed her own appreciation for the workers, saying that after many years of vandalism and abandonment, the garden can once again be enjoyed by the public.
Present for the inauguration were the General Director for the Public Works Department, Architect Stephen Bonello, as well as various architects and workers from the department who worked on the project.