The Malta Independent 13 August 2022, Saturday

Eight local councils to benefit from government funding of just over €400,000

Saturday, 25 June 2022, 12:30 Last update: about 3 months ago

Eight local councils are to benefit from funding of just over €400,000 between themselves from the ‘Capital Projects - Accessibility and Mobility’ scheme.

During a press conference on Saturday held at the Hastings Garden in Valletta, Parliamentary Secretary Alison Zerafa Civelli, said that the government is recognising the challenges that local councils face to ensure the same quality of life for all.

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In continuation of the funding launched in the year 2020, this scheme is being launched to help local councils make their vision possible for their respective communities, and be in a position to provide a level playing field for all residents.

“The aspect of equal opportunities is a very important indicator for the level of social development of the country,” Zerafa Civelli said.

The local councils that are benefiting from these funds, include, the Attard Local Council which will make new sidewalks for greater accessibility, the St Julian’s Local Council for the purchase of an electric van, the Valletta Local Council for accessible public conveniences in Hastings Garden, and Senglea Local Council which will give access to a lift.

In addition, the Santa Luċija Local Council will develop a tent in an inclusive garden, the Local Council of Rabat will buy a van for people with mobility problems, the Local Council in Għajnsielem will put up bollards for more security and walking access, and lastly, the Local Council in Għarb will continue to facilitate services in the road and in the piazzas.

The director for strategy and policy implementation within the local government division was also present during the conference.

“It is the right of every person to live a free and independent life. Consequently, we stress that local residents and those who visit the localities or participate in the social life of our communities, should have easy access to all the necessary daily services,” she said.

The respective mayors of the eight local councils as well as representatives of the local government directorate were all present at the conference.

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