The Malta Independent 13 June 2024, Thursday
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Resident groups call out Prime Minister’s bluff

Tuesday, 11 June 2024, 13:30 Last update: about 2 days ago

Resident groups on Tuesday called out the Prime Minister’s bluff following his declaration that a balance had to be found between the tables and chairs blocking pavements and public places. 

"We have written to you several times, we have sent our proposals by email, we have held protests and actions and we were never acknowledged by you or your ministers. Now you say that citizens know they can trust your government and that a solution has to be found. After countless sleepless nights, blocked pavements and disfigured towns, you tell us that you are listening,” the residents said in a statement.

If the Prime Minister is serious about it, the residents said that they are demanding that he set a meeting with them within a week to discuss this issue. In light of recent reports of bullying and intimidating threats by restaurant owners towards residents who have spoken out, the urgency of the matter is even more evident.

“If we don't hear from you with a definite date set for a meeting within this time, we'll know that you are bluffing once again. Residents all over Malta and Gozo are watching and waiting,” the residents declared.

In summary, the residents’ demands are:

1. Review of legislation: Revision of the law on establishments that operate in public spaces.

2. Release of information: Transparency regarding permits for the occupation of public land.

3. Right of action: Right of action for residents, so they can take action to fight against abuse and ensure serious enforcement.

These demands are supported by residents from Sliema, Valletta, Marsaskala, Mellieħa, San Pawl il-Baħar, Kottonera, Marsaxlokk and Rabat Gozo, the statement said.

 

 

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