13 new community projects in 8 localities, including two in Gozo, are to receive funding from the Planning Authority.
The projects include embellishment and restoration works, upgrading of playing fields and tree planting, with a total funding value from the Authority of over €475,000.
Embellishment works will be carried out in the Nadur public garden. Works will include the replacement of playing field equipment and safety flooring, installation of CCTV camera and upgrading of sanitary facilities.
The Authority said that embellishment works including the paving design of a street and alley behind the Fontana parish church will also be partially funded. It said that the project is set to continue to enhance the character and historical setting of the streets around the Parish Church.
The embellishment of an area in Pieta next to the old chapel which is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, is one of the larger projects that is receiving PA funding. Works will include the upgrading of footpaths, improved road safety and traffic management.
The Authority explained that the project also includes a replica of a drinking water fountain which had been installed in the area at the end of the 19th century.
This drinking water fountain was one of a number of fountains which were placed in various centres and vantage points in Malta after the State had, in line with engineer Oswald Chadwick’s studies and suggestion, started to provide water pumps in streets and corners in towns and villages.
In Mosta, a street shrine of St.Nicholas, which is situated in Triq Grognet corner with Triq San Gwann will be restored.
This statue together with other similar ones around Mosta lies within the Heritage Trail which will be created to lead tourists around the attractions of the village. The statue shows clear signs of deterioration.
The PA added that within the same locality a number street lamps will be changed to ones that are aesthetically more compatible with the character of the village core.
These street lamps also have a low light pollution footprint, are low in glare and more efficient, resulting in a greener lighting scheme with less nuisance to neighbours, less maintenance requirements and more environmentally friendly.
In the locality of Dingli, embellishment works will be carried out in public gardens. Works will include the replacement of playing field equipment and safety flooring, installation of CCTV camera and upgrading of sanitary facilities.
The Authority also said that to introduce a degree of greenery in Sliema, an area dominated by dense urban development, the local council will be planting a number of indigenous tree species along Triq Sir Adrian Dingli. In Santa Lucija a number of litter bins will be replaced with new more hygienic ones.
It is also partially funding a bas relief sculpture which is to be installed within San Anton Garden’s next to the Presidential Palace. This sculpture will honour Maltese grandparents.
The Planning Authority concluded that through its Development Planning Fund (DPF), it has since the beginning of this year alone already agreed to fund over €5 million in community urban projects.
Photograph by Alain Salvary