The Malta Independent 3 February 2023, Friday
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Government in ‘advanced process’ of buying properties where band clubs are under threat of eviction

Tuesday, 29 November 2022, 18:08 Last update: about 3 months ago

The Ministry for National Heritage, the Arts, and Local Government has said that it is currently in the advanced process of making the first group of acquisitions of private properties presently leased or used by social band clubs that are under threat of eviction. 

No details were given as to the amount of these properties, which they are, and how much the government will be spending to purchase them.

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The government recently paid €450,000 to buy out the remaining emphyteusis on the building which is used as the Stella Maris band club in Sliema.  The agreement came on the day that the band club was meant to be evicted.

The Ministry said that the properties shall be managed by the Arts Council Malta, which will, in turn, be setting up the Band Clubs Acquisition and Management Unit to ensure that the interests of the social band clubs, as well as those of the government, are safeguarded in the long term.

The unit will be under the direction of former MCESD head James Pearsall.

“The unit’s terms of reference shall ensure that the conditions provided in the agreed acquisition contracts and in the back-to-back contracts with social band clubs are observed, whilst supporting the relevant band clubs in their quest to safeguard and promote culture, music, and social inclusion,” the Ministry said.

This unit will also create a platform for communication between the band clubs in question and different stakeholders so as to support mutual collaboration.

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