Sliema Council has warned that it will file court action against the Ministry of Transport after the locality's residents' parking scheme was stopped.
The council said today that while the ministry had raised doubts about residents' support for such a scheme, a survey it had commissioned showed that 72 per cent were actually in favour. The survey was conducted by Misco.
Copies of the survey findings have been sent to the prime minister and the transport minister.
The council said the way how its parking scheme had been stopped was discriminatory.
It recalled that it started working on the parking scheme in 2009 but the scheme was suspended soon after implementation started in June 2013 when the Minister of Transport hinted that such schemes were to be revised.
In June 2013 the Transport Ministry issued a legal notice which specifically targeted Sliema and, the council said, legally annulled its right for a parking scheme.
During meetings with the ministry, the minister had said that Transport Malta was preparing a new parking policy applicable to all localities, but nothing had happened since.
Rather, the minister had said that the parking policy was no longer a priority and he would await the impact of the new bus service on traffic and parking.