Friday, May 29, 2015

New Dog Litter Bins in Sliema

The Sliema Local Council just installed a number of new dog waste bins. These will be emptied 3 times a week. Please pass the message. Also, feel free to inform SLC if you know of persons who take their dogs to dirty pavements (without cleaning the waste) at specific times during the day, so that green wardens can be asked to monitor.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ID Card Renewals in Tas-Sliema

The Electoral Office would like to inform that an exercise to renew ID Cards of Sliema residents will be commencing.

This process will commence between the 22nd June 2015 and the 20th July, 2015 at the Sliema primary school in Nicolo Isouard Street

Opening hours are between 3.30pm and 8.00pm (from Monday to Friday) and between 8.00am to 2.00pm (Saturdays). It is important that you bring your old ID card with you.

Kindly spread the word.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Lifelong Learning and Performing Arts Course Applications 2015/6

Applications open from 15th July to 7th August. Full list of courses to be held during 2015/6, including courses held in collaboration with Sliema Local Council here:

Website is available in Maltese and English

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sliema Kon-tiki Challenge

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Sliema - Valletta ferry to travel by night this summer

Tim Diacono
Malta Today

The ferry service between Valletta, Sliema and the Three Cities will operate during the night this summer.

Between 1 June and 30 September, the last ferry between Valletta and Sliema will depart at midnight, while the last ferry between Valletta and Cottonera will depart at 11pm.

The new schedule was announced following negotiations between the Valletta 2018 foundation and the ship's operators, Fortel.

"V18 is about the social and economic regeneration of the jewel of Valletta, and its results are starting to show," V18 chairman Jason Micallef said.

"We want to breathe more life into Valletta though, and these new ferry times will allow people to travel to the capital by night to visit the Manoel Theatre, the Royal Theatre Square and the St James Cavalier."

He argued that a ferry ride from Sliema to Valletta only takes five minutes, compared to an hour by car.

"Sea transport is the best solution to Malta's traffic problems," Micallef said. "Why are we so behind other countries with regards alternative means of transport? Malta needs to change its car mentality."

Marsamxetto Steamferry Services Ltd managing director Michael Zammit Tabona said that the new service will be extended to winter if the summer service proves to be a success.

Between 1 October and 31 May, the last ferry from Valletta to both Sliema and Cottonera currently departs at 7pm.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Empty and Neglected properties in Sliema

Alfred Gauci Tonna
The Times of Malta, 19 May 2015

Sliema easily takes its place as one of the nicest places in Malta and second after St Paul’s Bay with the most vacant dwellings.

This is a pity as most of these buildings are crumbling to disrepair, without any sign of them being sold or at least rented, as that way they might get a fresh coat of paint on their façade, door and window.

The first thing that indicates a house is empty and neglected is when careless people start depositing their garbage bags on the vacant property’s door step. Besides creating an eyesore, they are a menace to adjacent properties, also affecting their value, as they can easily be used to enter other properties, attracting vandals and other abuse.

In Amsterdam, if an empty property is taken over by squatters, it’s illegal for the owners to evict them. It would be unfair on the owners to implement that law here, but it’s also unfair on the environment and the neighbours to face derelict buildings, sticking out like sore thumbs year in year out.

On the other hand the authorities should make sure the courts speed up cases concerning vacant properties and make it illegal for a few owners to disagree in concluding the sale of such properties. If the majority of owners inheriting the property agree to sell, the others must abide. Whenever I see tourists looking at unoccupied houses, they all say the same thing: “What a shame, why are all these new apartments being built up, when there are so many empty houses lying around?”

Two new laws are needed to reduce the number of empty buildings in Malta. One would be thecreation of an empty-property tax and the second would be the imposition of a stipulated number of years that a building may stay vacant.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Fatal accident just waiting to happen

Lino Briguglio
The Times 18 May 2015

On Wednesday, I witnessed a woman being almost run over by a speeding car while she was using the zebra crossing.

This happened at the Ferries at about 8 am, when a car on the normal lane stopped to let the woman cross and another vehicle came speeding along the Tigné seafront bus lane (illegally, as no passengers other than the driver were in the car), and almost hit the woman.

It was only luck that saved the woman’s life because the speeding driver managed to swerve to the right on the zebra crossing, just in time.

The bus lane along Tigné seafront is not properly supervised and it is often used by ineligible drivers to avoid traffic jams.

There is no speed camera in that lane and some motorists take advantage of this, often driving at excessive speed. If nothing is done, we will, sooner or later, experience a fatal accident there.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sliema Arts Festival welcomes Artists, Artisans and Crafts

Sliema Arts Festival 17,18,19 July 2015

Sliema Arts Festival welcomes Artists, Artisans and Crafts

Priority will be given to the following:

• People who create or design their own stock
• Merchandise with a contemporary aesthetic
• An emphasis on the handcrafted, locally designed, and products made from recycled materials
• Unique products, vintage and antiques
• Focus on quality and a high standard of display

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Villa Bonici owners to propose development brief

Case is to be held on Tuesday 12th May at 15:00 hours at MEPA case PA6239/08, tribunal case 62/14

James Debono, Malta Today 6 May 2015

The owners of Villa Bonici in Sliema have presented an application aimed at setting the planning parameters for the development of “a boutique hotel, an old people’s home and residential development” in the existing gardens surrounding the historical villa.

In February 2014, the MEPA board turned down an application for 188 apartments in four blocks, the highest being 12 storeys high.

The development was refused because the local plan stipulates that a development brief should be presented before any development is approved.

In fact the new application proposes “a development brief” on the 11,500 square metre site.

Normally it is MEPA that drafts development briefs before the private sector submits proposals based on the parameters set by the authority. But this case is considered different because the land in question is privately-owned.

But in March last year, a spokesperson for MEPA told MaltaToday that “discussions between Mepa and the land owner are still underway” on who will be drawing up the development brief.

The application attracted controversy for its radical redevelopment of the green space, a garden belonging to the stately Villa Bonici, and a unique house in the over-developed Sliema and Gzira area.

The main reason given last year in the case officer’s report for refusing the development was that no development brief, as stipulated by the North Harbour Local Plan, has been devised for this zone. The development refused by MEPA included an eight-storey block, which would also have an adverse impact on the scheduled villa, due to the short distance between the two buildings.

Villa Bonici was built before 1872 as a country residence for Emmanuele Testaferrata Bonici Ghaxaq. Parts of Villa Bonici in Sliema were scheduled as a Grade 2 property in 2010.

Its present owner, Alfred Gera de Petri, has insisted that Villa Bonici is his family’s private property and that the villa’s location in the middle of urban development gave its owners rights to its monetary value.

The Sliema Residents Association’s proposal to “preserve” Villa Bonici and its gardens was to change the local plan in such a manner as to develop the property into a public garden and old people’s home.

In 2010 former parliamentary secretary Mario de Marco had warned that this was not possible unless the property was expropriated by the government and its owners compensated.

In its history MEPA has approved 18 development briefs on its own initiative, all of them impacting on public land. This is the first case in which a development brief will be drafted to regulate development on private land.

Carer and Baby Course at Sliema Local Council

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sliema Beach Clean Up Initiative

Sliema Public Library

The Margaret Mortimer public library in Sliema at Blanche Huber Street will be closed on 12, 14 and 16 May. However it will be open on Monday 11 May.

As from 19th May the Library will once again be open in following days:

Tuesdays 800-1200
Thursdays 1400-1800
Saturdays 0800-1200 (Storytelling for Kids aged 4-7 between 900-1000)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Sliema Arts Festival

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Bigger and Better, this is our promise for this year's edition!

The Tas-Sliema Local Council in collaboration with the Valletta 2018 Foundation, powered by:
△ Calamatta Cuschieri
△ Kinnie - Malta's own favourite soft drink
△ Olimpus Music LTD
△ Midi PLC
△ Carmelo Caruana Co. Ltd
△ Tigné Point Car Park

bring you a unique weekend between 17-19 July, combing Sliema's crystal clear blue seas, beaches and picturesque promenade, featuring:

☼ International & local urban/street artists
☼ 5 areas of pure art, music & entertainment
☼ Hassle free parking at Tigne' Point Car Park all weekend at €2 unlimited parking from 8pm to 1am & free transport from the car park to and from festival area.