Marsaxlokk mar­ket to be ‘tem­po­rar­ily re­lo­cated’ un­til works on prom­e­nade are com­pleted

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

The Monti in Marsaxlokk might be tem­po­rar­ily re­lo­cated un­til the works on the prom­e­nade are com­pleted. A govern­ment spokesper­son has con­firmed that the mar­ket will even­tu­ally still be held on the prom­e­nade af­ter the works are com­plete, but the ve­hi­cles of the Monti hawk­ers will be re­lo­cated to a car park.

De­spite con­firm­ing the move, the govern­ment did not di­vulge where the re­lo­ca­tion will take place.

The idea to have one of Malta’s most touris­tic mar­kets moved was first whis­pered in last year’s bud­get. In fact, the mea­sure is in­cluded in the govern­ment’s thick book which lists the num­ber of mea­sures pro­posed in the 2015 bud­get and which ones were im­ple­mented or not.

Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment, mea­sure num­ber 176a is en­ti­tled ‘Re­lo­ca­tion of the mar­ket in Marsaxlokk and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­ject’. It states that through this mea­sure, the govern­ment wants to find the best way to as­sist res­i­dents and lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties which also in­cludes Monti hawk­ers who earn their in­come through this mar­ket.

The pro­ject falls un­der the re­mit of the Prime Min­is­ter. In the first quar­ter of the year 2016, the govern­ment filed an ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore the Plan­ning Author­ity to ac­quire the nec­es­sary per­mits for a new park­ing area for hawk­ers in Triq il-Kaval­ler­izza. Be­tween July and Septem­ber of this same year, the draft ten­der doc­u­ment for the set­ting up of the park­ing was fi­nalised.

Ac­cord­ing to the same doc­u­ment, the per­mits from the Plan­ning Author­ity are ex­pected to be is­sued by end of this year to­gether with the ten­der.

Re­ply­ing to ques­tions sent by The Malta In­de­pen­dent, a govern­ment spokesper­son ex­plained that the Marsaxlokk re­gen­er­a­tion pro­ject en­vis­ages a more or­gan­ised mar­ket. The only re­lo­ca­tion that might take place might be a tem­po­rary one for a very short time un­til works in the ex­act area are com­pleted.

“This leads to a more ac­ces­si­ble and more or­gan­ised area. Var­i­ous stake­holder meet­ings have been held and a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process has al­ready taken place.”

The Monti re­lo­ca­tion in Marsaxlokk will oc­cur when the govern­ment em­barks on the €6 mil­lion pro­posed re­gen­er­a­tion pro­ject. “The re­gen­er­a­tion aims to give a bet­ter qual­ity of life to the res­i­dents. This in­cludes pedes­trian ar­eas, bet­ter traf­fic flow and the aim to strike a bal­ance be­tween com­mer­cial and touris­tic ac­tiv­i­ties in a fish­er­men’s vil­lage,” the govern­ment re­ply said.

The iconic Mal­tese fish­ing vil­lage hosts two mar­kets; one which is set up daily from Mon­day to Satur­day which usu­ally sells tourist items like sou­venirs, and a mar­ket which is set up on Sun­days sell­ing fresh fish.

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