Extensive road works being carried out in Marsalforn
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The Zebbug Gozo Local Council is carrying out extensive work on several roads in the locality of Marsalforn. This work is being done during the winter months to enable all works to be completed for the summer, when the area becomes one of island’s main attractions and hosts thousands of local and foreign tourists.
The work by the the Local Council is being done with the full support of the Parliamentary Secretariat for Public Dialogue and Information, within the Office of the Prime Minister, through funds granted to the Zebbug Local Council.
During a visit made on these works, Parliamentary Secretary for Public Dialogue and Information, Chris Said, was able to view the ongoing project. Zebbug Mayor, Charles Saliba and Local Council architect Edward Scerri, gave details about the roads that had been tarmaced in recent years, the roads first completed were near the beaches of Qbajjar and the Xwejni, as well as Triq Barda. The work which has just begun, is in Valley Road, Furnace Street and St Mary.
Said Chris mentioned how during the consultation meetings on the review of local councils, the cleanliness and state of the roads were where the greatest number of complaints were received from residents. It is therefore highly advisable that the Local councils give priority to the state of roads especially in places that not only serve the residents but also welcome tourists. Tourism is the hub of the country’s economy and roads form an important part of that in both Maltese and Gozitan towns and villages.
Chris Said said that the Government recognises the importance of this and in 2010 will direct the allocation to local councils to carry out works on roads to be increased to €5.2 million. These funds will be made for use only for that purpose. Through this fund it is estimated that during 2010 approximately 170 residential streets around Malta and Gozo will be resurfaced.
To continue giving incentives to local councils to carry out works on residential streets, the government introduced € million fund to assist local councils in making public private partnerships with private contractors. With these contracts it will enable them to not only perform work on residential streets, but to remain responsible for their maintenance for ten years.
The Parliamentary Secretary concluded by saying that he thought that through this fund councils will carry out between €8 million and €10 million of works on residential streets. These works do not include any work will be done through funds allocated directly, ie €5.2 million for 2010.