‘Pe­ti­tion for Mosta ro­tunda car park pre­ma­ture’

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE - Ju­lian Bon­nici

The 5,000 sig­na­tures at­tained in a pe­ti­tion against the con­struc­tion of a car park and an over­ly­ing pub­lic space is ‘pre­ma­ture’ ac­cord­ing to Labour Party mi­nor­ity Mosta Lo­cal Coun­cil leader Alex Mus­cat, who is also the deputy chief of staff within the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter.

The project aims to cre­ate some 350 new park­ing spa­ces. The ex­ist­ing ground level car park at the side of the church would be turned into an open space.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day to The Malta In­de­pen­dent, Mr Mus­cat in­sisted that the pe­ti­tion is pre­ma­ture since no con­crete pro­posal has been con­firmed due to the fact that the ten­der re­leased by Projects Malta is still ac­cept­ing sub­mis­sions. He went fur­ther to say that whilst the pro­posal is cur­rently ear­marked for the area by the ro­tunda, there is still a pos­si­bil­ity that they could look to con­struct the car park in a dif­fer­ent part of the lo­cal­ity.

He also pointed to a lack of in­for­ma­tion amongst the commu- nity re­gard­ing the de­tails of the project as being the rea­son be­hind the pe­ti­tion.

This news­room also con­tacted Mosta Mayor Ed­win Vas­sallo, who echoed th­ese sen­ti­ments and in­sisted that if the project should have any neg­a­tive ef­fects on the Mosta ro­tunda, the project would be aban­doned im­me­di­ately.

This, Mr Vas­sallo said, was out­lined in the ten­der re­leased by Projects Malta which reads that “The Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment Plan has to take into con­sid­era- tion the very sen­si­tive lo­ca­tion of the sites both his­tor­i­cally (Mosta Dome) and so­cially (Mosta Health Cen­tre)” and should the pro­posed project not meet the con­tracted stan­dards and obli­ga­tions then the coun­cil re­serves the right to “ter­mi­nate the Con­ces­sion at any point in time.”

Mr Vas­sallo stressed that project would be done with the con­sul­ta­tion of the Arch­dio­cese of Malta, since the tech­ni­cal board, which will anal­yse any sub­mis­sions re­lated to a planned un­der­ground car park in Mosta, will in­clude a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Projects Malta has ap­pointed ar­chi­tect Adrian Mif­sud, a geotech­ni­cal en­gi­neer, to rep­re­sent the gov­ern­ment on the board. The Arch­dio­cese has ap­pointed Mr Ray Bon­nici, Cu­ria Prop­erty Man­ager, to rep­re­sent it.

Both men em­pha­sized that ul­ti­mately it is the Lo­cal Coun­cil’s vi­sion to solve Mosta’s long­stand­ing park­ing prob­lem whilst also pro­vid­ing the area with more open pub­lic spa­ces for the lo­cal­ity.

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