PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPITAL PROJECTS AND THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITIES: A new Civic Centre for Fgura through the Planning Authority’s Development Planning Fund

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg, Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Property Market Chris Agius and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis visited the site which will be the new Civic Centre for Fgura. The new building is nearing completion thanks to an investment of Euros 600,000 from the Planning Authority’s Development Planning Fund. Apart from replacing the local council’s offices, this building will also have a number of facilities for use by the Fgura community.

During this visit, Minister Borg explained how this local council had been planning this civic centre since 2003 and stressed that it is neither acceptable nor just for a local council to wait so many years to be able to implement its projects for the community. He said that with the unnecessary burdens local councils used to face, they could never implement projects such as this without neglecting other aspects of their localities and added that it is thanks to the 2017 Planning Authority amendments that the Development Planning Fund is now available for projects like this, which were not possible before.

Borg stressed that the Government is aware that the local councils of many localities have several ideas and proposals for the improvement and benefit of their localities, and added that the Government has shown its full faith in councils’ potential when making the unprecedented investment of Euros 700 million in all of Malta’s roads to take the financial burden off their shoulders, making space for more projects which can benefit the country’s communities.

The Minister emphasised that not only is the Government investing in local councils in this way; it is also giving them a push forward with schemes such as the Development Planning Fund and others like Sebbah il-Lokal, thanks to the Planning Authority’s efforts towards better and more beautiful communities. He concluded by wishing the council and residents well on this new centre while encouraging other local councils to come forward with their own proposals as there remain Euros 27 million available in the Development Planning Fund for projects which will benefit Maltese and Gozitan people.

From his end, Parliamentary Secretary Chris Agius said that we can once again see a project which will improve the quality of life of another community through collaboration between the local council and the Planning Authority’s Development Planning Fund, this time with a community of more than 12,000 residents who will now have an accessible and equipped civic centre as befits them and their locality. He reminded those present that this is only one project among many which are raising the standard of living of Maltese and Gozitan people at a local level. The Parliamentary Secretary concluded with good wishes for the local council which has worked so hard to implement this project.

Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis, who was also present for this press conference, noted with satisfaction that the funds given to Fgura Local Council through the Development Planning Fund are being reused by the same local council for the good of its community. The Parliamentary Secretary stated that the local council is that entity which is closest to the citizen and therefore has a duty to invest in its community. This initiative is a clear example of a local council which is making such an investment.

From his end, Fgura Mayor Pierre Dalli expressed his appreciation for the Government’s help as well as for the hard work of the local council which he leads. He spoke about the importance of this civic centre for a community which continues to grow and looked forward to more important work for a better and more beautiful community for the residents of Fgura.

Source: Government of Malta