Gozo-Malta connectivity solutions should protect beauty of the islands – Sant
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“Solutions for connectivity between Gozo and Malta should reflect the needs of Gozitans living in Gozo while protecting the natural beauty of Gozo and Malta,” stated MEP Alfred Sant.
The Maltese MEP, discussed Gozitan aspirations in Europe during a meeting in Gharb with Gharb Labour activists and prospective Local Council candidates.
He pointed out that the best solution for fast connectivity between the two islands would have been a subsidised extensive fast ferry service. “Unfortunately this project has been caught in legal court procedures,” he said.
Dr Sant also argued in favour of a fourth Gozo Channel ferry to satisfy the ever increasing demand between the two islands, whilst quoting opinion polls which say that the proposed tunnel between Malta and Gozo “has the majority support of Gozitans.”
Gharb residents told Alfred Sat that the population in their village has increased and diversified considerably with more Maltese and foreign residents choosing their village as their permanent place of residence.
They said that this led to the opening of new restaurants and accommodation in new farmhouses and boutique hotels. Dr told them that “the Labour Government deserves all credit for having attracted more tourists and residents to Gozo.”
Alfred Sant conclude by promising that if elected he will “keep voicing Gozitan concerns in Europe and will continue to work with MEPs from other European islands to secure more funding for Gozo in the coming years.”