More than €1 million invested in various Gozo local council projects
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“More than €1 million invested in new road projects, landscaping, restoration and open spaces in Gozitan localities. The financial allocation for Local Councils in Gozo increased by almost 6% from last year, Local Councils now manage €4.5 million between them.”
This was stated by Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government Stefan Buontempo during a meeting in Gharb of the Gozo Region.
The Parliamentary Secretary said that between 2016 until the end of 2017 Gozitan local councils will be given €5.5 million for maintenance and the cleaning of residential streets.
Speaking at the meeting Parliamentary Secretary Buontempo praised the extensive work and projects carried out by several local councils in Gozo over the past months.
The projects undertaken during the past year amounting to an investment of more than €1 million.
Among others he mentioned were the new swings etc in the children’s playground in Victoria, the Anton Camilleri Belvedere in Qala, at an investment of €100,000, and Skell Street in Sannat,with work carried out on the road down to the picturesque valley and bay of Mgarr ix-Xini.
In Ghasri there is ongoing asphalting work in Triq il-Fanal. In Munxar resurfacing work was done on the path with Xlendi Beach, while Marsalforn invested €60,000 in shore landscaping etc.
With an investment of up to €200,000 on work in Triq San Dimitri, Triq il-Madonna tal-Virtu and part of Triq Birbuba in the location of Gharb.
The completion of the Victory Square project in Xaghra, amounted to €230,000. At the same time there has been ongoing works related to the reconstruction of the second part of Triq Marsalforn, and to improve access in rural areas.
Nadur Government carried out work on Hanaq Street and part of Ramla Road, while later this year it will be resurfacing in Triq Ghajn Qasab.
Stefan Buontempo explained that the money allocated to the various projects, is to only be used for these purposes, and that money will be taken back from the financial allocation made to the local council if it does not comply with the procedures.
During discussions in the meeting, several mayors and councillors called for the Government to continue to further assist Gozo councils to implement capital projects.
Director of the Department for Local Government Adrian Mifsud, said that this work has been achieved through good coordination and effective planning being made between local councils, the Gozo Region and the Parliamentary Secretariat for Local Government.
Parliamentary Secretary Stefan Buontempo concluded by saying that in the coming months the Government will be continuing to invest in extensive infrastructure work in Gozo.