Public Consultation to have your say on new Gozo Law Courts
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A Public Consultation to have your say on the new Gozo Law Courts is open until the 17th of December.
As already announced earlier this month, the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana outlined details of a new site for the Gozo Law Courts at Xewkija.
Originally, the new Law Court Building had to be planned on a multi-storey car park spread over five stories. Hence, this building required the necessary excavations that had to dig very deep in order for the laying of foundations.
It was explained that various challenges presented themselves during preliminary studies before the actual commencement of the digging process, it came out that a huge project like this is could never rest on the proposed site. “This was due to the fact that the proposed site had problems with clay and there was an evident defect in the terrain.”
The Ministry said that upon this finding, and on various opinions from architects, it had to take a decision to find an alternative place, given that the defect in the terrain posed a major treat for the whole project during and also after construction.
The Ministry For Gozo emphasised on the fact that the proposed sites had to be central and adequate for this aim by ensuring security and offers the right space for the foundations and other structures related to the building and parking facilities.
Apart from this, the structure has to be completely accessible, offers ancillary facilities and is built in a modern way to reduce environmental impact, it said.
After a serious technical exercise, the Ministry said that a preferable alternative site was identified between the limits of Victoria and Xewkija, adjacent to ex-MDP that will be converted as an ICT hub and to RS2. This site is easily accessible and forms part of a new regeneartional project of all the zone.
The consultation questions are:
a. Do you agree with the indicated site as a new location for the new law court? If no, where do you suggest?
b. What would you like to include in the new Law Courts in Gozo?
c. What would you like to see that’s new that is not currently available in the present law court in Gozo?
The consultation answers can be submitted here and is in both English and Maltese.
Artist’s impression of the new Law Courts