Mosta lo­cal coun­cil sup­ports un­der­ground park­ing project

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Mosta Lo­cal Coun­cil said yes­ter­day that it is in full sup­port of the un­der­ground park­ing ini­tia­tive launched by Projects Malta, which will see a yet-to-be de­ter­mined con­ces­sion­aire en­ter into a pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ship with the gov­ern­ment to over­see its de­vel­op­ment and man­age­ment.

The coun­cil has also pro­posed that all streets in the lo­cal­ity have painted des­ig­nated park­ing slots. It be­lieved this will cost around €175,000 for 15,000 park­ing bays.

Mosta Mayor Ed­win Vas­sallo sug­gested that CPPS funds ad­min­is­tered by the Plan­ning Author­ity (PA) the lo­cal coun­cil may be able to fi­nance the paint­ing of each park­ing bay.

The coun­cil also spoke of wait­ing for the gov­ern­ment to ap­prove a res­i­den­tial park­ing scheme, so that Mosta res­i­dents will be given pri­or­ity in re­spect of park­ing. “The coun­cil unan­i­mously agrees that there is space for an un­der­ground car park in the cen­tre of Mosta that can cater for some 400 ve­hi­cles. It also agrees with the pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ship model, and quickly in­formed the gov­ern­ment of this agree­ment, al­low­ing the de­vel­op­ment process to be speeded up un­der the author­ity of the gov­ern­ment it­self.”

The coun­cil wishes to in­form the pub­lic that while vis­ual di­a­grams have al­ready been shown by the lo­cal me­dia, cur­rently there is no fi­nal plan for this project.

“Should this project in any way af­fect Mosta Dome Church, it will be stopped im­me­di­ately and with­out hes­i­ta­tion. Af­ter con­sul­ta­tion, Projects Malta iden­ti­fied four pos­si­ble sites for this park­ing ini­tia­tive. All four are equally able to with­stand an un­der­ground park­ing scheme and there is no con­di­tion stip­u­lat­ing that the un­der­ground project must be next to the Church. Con­di­tions of the project say that no ex­ca­va­tion can take place un­der­neath the os­suary or the Church.”

The scope of the project is to cre­ate al­ter­na­tive park­ing ar­eas, mit­i­gate the con­ges­tion cre­ated from the many cars that waste time driv­ing around the cen­tre in the hope of find­ing a park­ing spot, cre­ate an open pub­lic space and re­duce the num­ber of tourist coaches clus­tered in the cen­tre.

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