Construction epidemic is destroying Gozo’s tourist trade
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Readers Letter – “It is my understanding that Gozo is making a real effort to attract tourists to the island for their main holiday – not just for a day trip from Malta. There has been a Government department set up, websites updated and infrastructure works carried out to make Gozo more attractive to holidaymakers.
Then why is all this excellent work being allowed to be ruined by major building works taking pace in Marsalforn during May when there are a large number of holidaymakers here?
Jack hammers are being used from 7am in the morning until 7pm in the evening. Outside bars are continually having to clean their tables from all the concrete dust, customers are having to shout at each other whilst trying to enjoy a drink overlooking the bay.
Concrete lorries and other heavy goods vehicles are continually moving in and out of the sea front area. It is impossible to have a conversation on the phone or in with a customer in a shop – and this surely is driving away customers from local businesses.
Updating and renovating the run down and shabby buildings is a great thing for Marsalforn and should continue, but why could someone not plan to do this noisy and at times, deafening work during the much quieter tourist months such as winter?
Gozo does not have a climate that would prevent this work taking place then. May is busy with tourists here and I know of several who have left apartments sooner than originally planned to continue their holiday on Malta where they hope it will quieter.
There appears to be no end to the major building works in sight as several individual projects are clearly under way simultaneously but as we move through the summer more tourists will arrive and more will be driven away.
Whoever is in charge of allowing the work to take place (be that the local council) really needs to plan more effectively and efficiently in order to make Marsalforn a welcoming place for those very holidaymakers who will invest their money here and not somewhere that will drive them away to Malta instead.”