Create more parking spaces in Victoria by cleaning up the unused ones
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“In Victoria, Gozo, as I suppose in many other places, the traffic congestion is ever growing. I understand that measures are being taken to moderate the situation. I usually walk when I need to shop in Victoria and I notice spaces with LOADING/UNLOADING painted in them. I would strongly suggest that ‘time’ be allocated to these parking because they are not loading and unloading 24/7.
If for example, the store is an ironmongery where people need to stop and get their needs ‘stop and go’ then it is understandable that there should be at least one car parking space reserved for customers who might not park for more than 4-5 minutes. Same with ‘take away’ food stands and other quick customer service but not unloading and loading which in many cases takes two parking spaces.
There is also a space for the Bishop in front of the Curia. We all know that the Curia opens at certain times and the sign says so why is Saturday also included when the Curia does not open?
I parked there last Saturday knowing that the Bishop is not there and a young bearded priest who went to Victoria to do some errands just like the other Citizen, expected that because he was a priest he could use the Bishop’s parking and even called the police on me because I parked there. (Perfect Christ-like example!)
Knowing the Bishop, I am sure that if he happened to come and find a car parked there he would have double parked, called a priest to mind his car until I returned and then the priest would take the parking spot that I vacate, end of the story.
I am sure the Bishop would not have called the police on me! I know that the Bishop’s parking is reserved for the Bishop and not for anyone else, but it was Saturday and I know that the Curia is closed on Saturdays.
This goes for many ‘No Parking boxes’ in front of private homes. I know a house in the area called ‘Behind St Francis Church’ where there is a ‘No Parking’ in front of the garage and then a yellow box for the car and a yellow box for the motorbike of the same owner.
I ask the citizens that when their dear ones pass away, to please report to the traffic authorities that the box is not pertinent anymore so that they will come and paint the lines black, and I pray to the authorities to make a checkup around Victoria to remove unwarranted ‘No Parking’ spaces especially now that some of the parking spaces are going to disappear from St Francis Square.
With this, I would like to add many ‘Garage No Parking’ on garages which are not being used for any cars, instead some are bedrooms or just store rooms and it is against the law to put ‘Garage in Use’ sign when it is not in use for parking your vehicle.
Photograph supplied by the author