Sunday, December 10, 2017

Riforma fil-Kunsilli Lokali - Michael Briguglio

Il-Mument 10 ta' Dicembru 2017

Il-Kunsilli Lokali f’Malta ser jaghlqu 25 sena. Dawn qeghdin jaqdu l-htigijiet tal-lokalitajiet rispettivi taghhom?

Aspett ewlieni f’dan ir-rigward huwa l-finanzi. Il-Kunsilli Lokali ghandhom ghazliet limitati dwar kif jistghu jiggeneraw id-dhul. Id-dhul ewlieni jigi mill-Gvern centrali. Hemm ukoll possibilita’ ta’ dhul minn fondi ta’ l-Unjoni Ewropea, minn skemi specifici tal-Gvern u minn reklamar u certi permessi.

Politika ta’ riforma fil-kunsilli ghandha temfasizza li persentagg tad-dhul Governattiv mill-VAT, turizmu u oqsma ohra jigi maqsum mal-kunsilli.

Izda huwa car li hemm bzonn li l-Kunsilli jkollhom iktar opportunitajiet biex jiggeneraw id-dhul. Dan huwa necessarju biex jigi ffinanzjat xoghol bhal dak infrastrutturali u gbir ta’ l-iskart, kif ukoll inizjattivi bhal dawk  edukazzjonali, socjali u kulturali. Dawn ta’ l-ahhar huma importanti sabiex ikun hemm iktar sigurta’, integrazzjoni socjali u sens ta’ komunita’.

Idealment, l-agenda lokali ta’ Malta temfasizzja id-dicentralizazzjoni sabiex l-ebda gvern ma jkollu poter eccessiv. Permezz tas-sussidjarjeta’, decizzjonijiet li jistghu jittiehdu mill-kunsilli lokali m’ghandhom jittiehdu minn xi Ministru.

Din il-filosofija tista’ twassal sabiex il-kunsilli ikunu iktar sostenibbli. Per ezempju, art tal-gvern tista’ tigi devoluta lill-kunsilli. Parkeggi, bini pubbliku u siti storici jistghu jigu mmanigjati mill-kunsilli, u d-dhul iggenerat jista’ jintuza ghal htigijiet lokali. Biex naghti ezempju prattiku: il-car park pubbliku tax-Xatt ta’ Tas-Sliema huwa ikrah ferm u biex wiehed jipparkja jigi ‘mitlub’ ihallas. Mhux ahjar kieku dawn il-flus imorru ghand il-kunsill sabiex il-car park jigi msebbah u flus ohra jintuzaw ghall-bankini u htigijiet ohra?

Riforma fil-Kunsilli Lokali ghandha tizgura ukoll li l-Kunsilli ikollhom rwol ewlieni fit-tehid tad-decizzjoni ta’ l-Awtorita’ ta’ l-Ippjanar. Decizzjonijiet li jistghu jittiehdu mill-Kunsilli, bhal dawk ta’ enforzar dwar kostruzzjoni u ta’ street markings, ghandhom jittiehdu mill-Kunsilli, u mhux minn entitajiet centralizzati.

Importanti ukoll li skemi lokali bhal dawk ta’ parkegg ghar-residenti ma jkunux diskriminatorji. Ma jistax ikun li pajjzina jibqa karatterizzat minn lokalitajiet b’dawn l-iskemi u ohrajn minghajrom.

Qasam iehor ta’ importanza huwa dak tas-Social Impact Assessment. Jehtieg li l-Kunslli ikollhom fondi u access ghal servizzi professjonali bhal dawk ta’ socjologi, ekonomisti u esperti kulturali sabiex ikun hemm taghrif car dwar demografija, realtajiet socjali, komunitajiet u aspirazzjonijiet tar-residenti. Dan kollu jghin sabiex decizzjonijiet jittiehdu fuq bazi ta’ evidenza.

Il-Kunsilli ghandhom iservu ukoll ta’ centri ta’ servizzi u informazzjoni bhal tfittix ta’ impjieg, kura u pariri professjonali. U l-istess Kunslli ghandhom ikunu mharrga kif jahdmu ahjar ma’ l-istampa u s-socjeta’ civili.

Sfortunatament jidher li l-Gvern Laburista miexi lejn direzzjoni ohra. Iktar ma jghaddi zmien, iktar qed jahtaf poter taht idejh, b’iktar poter f’idejn il-Ministri.

Ezempju ta’ dan huwa l-enfurzar. Filwaqt li l-Kunsilli ta’ kuljum jaffacjaw abbuzi f’oqsma bhall-kostruzzjoni, skart, parkegg abbuziv u storbju, l-istess kunsilli qed jispiccaw jittalbu mal-Gvern biex ikun hemm enforzar.  Dan mhux sew.

Ezempju iehor hu l-kisi ta’ toroq. Hemm min qed jghid li l-programm ta’ seba’ snin tal-Gvern ser jikkonsiti minn kisi ta’ ftit pulzieri fit-toroq madwar Malta u Ghawdex. Jekk dan huwa l-kas, mhux ahjar kieku dan ix-xoghol isir mill-Kunsilli u jsir b’mod olistiku?

Iktar ma jkun hemm poter f’idejn il-Ministri, iktar ikun hemm tentazzjoni ghall-koruzzjoni . Tista’ tinqatel is-sens ta’ inizjattiva fil-kunsilli lokali.

Minn naha l-ohra, id-dicentralizzazjoni tista’ twassal ghal Kunsilli iktar incentivati biex ikunu kreattivi u innovattivi. Dan jista’ jinkoragixxi iktar sens civiku u iktar sens ta’ komunita’. B’hekk ikollna Kunsilli Lokali attivi u b’ruh socjali, u mhux Kunsilli Lokali tallaba tal-Ministri.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sliema developers finding 'easy way out' of parking obligations

The Sliema Local Council held a meeting with the Planning Authority to discuss current matters reflecting the locality, including construction management, parking problems, tables and chairs on public land, and the need for a master plan.

Times of Malta report, including interview with Mayor Anthony Chircop can be read here


Neighbourhood Watch Training -Sliema



Date: Tuesday 12 December
Time: 5-7pm
Venue: Sliema Local Council

After a successful session involving Victim Support Malta, Police Force, Sliema Local Council and residents, a second session will be held on Tuesday.

More information about 'Watch Out' can be found here.



Monday, December 4, 2017

Free-For-All in Balluta with the blessing of Authorities

Sliema and St Julians Local Councils are supporting the objections of Din l-Art Ħelwa, Sliema Heritage Society, Flimkien ghall-Ambjent Ahjar, Kamra tal-Periti and residents, who have appealed for Villa St Ignatius, one of Balluta’s oldest landmarks to be scheduled and protected.

But there is a free for all in Ballutta: Building Regulations Office and Planning Authority have been alerted. Construction workers play hide-and-seek with enforcement officials. As fequently happens with such works, they commence in the weekends or after office hours. Works go on without any health and safety measures. Yet another example of the malaise we are experiencing. Residents' anger is justified.

Links refer:



https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20171202/local/watch-workmen-hack-at-balluta-landmark-with-impunity.664671




Thursday, November 30, 2017

Construction irregularities emergency number

Construction enforcement and irregularities: 
Phone BRO at 22907720 or 99637508 or 22927508.
Phone Government Enforcement Team during weekends and irregular hours: 99269926

For queries related to:
- the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), kindly call 2292 7343 between 9 am - 2 pm (Winter hours) and 9 am and noon (Summer hours)
- Bank Guarantee and Insurance, kindly call 2292 7720
- Construction Site Management (Enforcement Officers), kindly call 2292 7508.





How to keep track of development applications: Click here - 

Website: www.bro.gov.mt

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Building-Regulation-Office-Malta-1648499748753605/

Monday, September 25, 2017

The crash of bricks

Photo by Jonathan Borg
Last week a roof in Sliema crashed under the weight of bricks that were being transported to an adjacent building under construction. Luckily, a woman inside the room escaped with no injuries.
As is usually the case in such incidents, police are investigating and a magisterial inquiry is under way. Should such procedures suffice? I really don’t think so.
Indeed, some questions come to mind. How many health and safety inspections are carried out by officers from the Occupational Health and Safety Authority on such matters? Is it fair that companies with health and safety requirements face competition by companies that do not invest in protective clothing, safety pro-cedures and the like? Why is it that local councils have no legal authority as re-gards enforcement?
Following the incident in Sliema, a representative of the Chamber of Engineers publicly informed me that they are aware of certain issues regarding new legislation on the safe use of work equipment and that their council was following this up closely. The president of the Local Councils Association, Mario Fava, also publicly informed me that the association was looking into this matter.
One possible way forward in this regard would be to introduce safety wardens. They could work in the same way as traffic wardens, even though I believe that it would be better to have them under direct local council control rather than under the authority of a national government agency. Subsidiarity – the granting of authority at a level closest to citizens – is usually preferable to State centralisation, which is often subject to layers of bureaucracy.
But I would also suggest that one also looks at the bigger picture.  Malta is currently experiencing a construction boom, and it is important to understand its implications.
The most obvious implication relates to the hefty increase in urban, rural and ODZ development permits.
Development optimists would argue that the new scenario may encourage competition among contractors, who may raise standards to their clients’ needs. But it may also be the case that competition can lead to cutthroat practices, often involving foreign workers with inferior work conditions and lax health and safety procedures.
Collaboration between government authorities, local councils, developers’ representatives and experts is imperative to ensure that residents, pedestrians and workers are protected from building abuse and irregularities.
Some may also question whether Malta is too dependent on this economic model, whether the construction industry should be so politically influential and whether we are creating an artificial property bubble. I for one buy such questions, though I would add that the problem is more complex than we usually make it out to be.
One reason for this is that many citizens are directly or indirectly investing in property. Some may be renting property to others, others may be developing, and others may be involved in financial investments which in turn invest in property.
Indeed, many owners of financial assets are finding that it makes more sense to buy property and rent it out, given the poor return on savings and the risk of buying bonds or shares.
For the moment this is proving to be a good investment, as the demand for rented property is high due to the increase in the size of the population, mostly as a result of the large number of foreigners.
However, excessive dependency on foreigner tenants may be risky, especially if numbers slow down. If an increase in property supply exceeds demand, this may encourage speculative behaviour by home buyers and property investors fuelled by unrealistic home price estimates. Given that many developers and contractors are indebted to banks, there could be dire consequences if a bubble occurs and debts cannot be settled.
Thus it would be advisable to ensure proper governance both of construction as it takes place, but also of the property development industry in general. Given that many Maltese people are directly or indirectly involved in this sector, it is ever more important to ensure that the country’s economic model is diversified rather than being over-dependent on one sector. This is yet another area which requires evidence-based policymaking, sustainable governance and proper enforcement.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Update on my role as local councillor

As from today I am representing the Partit Nazzjonalista in Sliema Local Council. This follows after an official request which I sent to PN General Secretary Rosette Thake last week.

I formally joined the PN as a member last May, after resigning from Alternattiva Demokratika. I was elected in Sliema Local Council in 2003, 2006, 2012 and 2013.


I will keep being active for good governance, the environment and social justice.

News report available here.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Discussing the bridge


Times of Malta, 28 August 2017

Would it not be great to walk from Sliema to Valletta on a pedestrian bridge? When I read about this proposal, I gave it an instinctive thumbs-up.
The proposal, by London-based celebrated architect Konrad Xuereb, is reportedly estimated to cost about €8 million and would link Tignè Point to the Valletta gun post. It would add another option for transport between the two localities.
If another proposal, this time by AX Holdings is approved, there would also be added transport options through a tunnel beneath Valletta, which connects Sliema to Cottonera by ferry.
Such multi-modal forms of connection are commonplace in many towns and cities across the world and they can offer practical solutions to combat Malta’s traffic challenges. Interestingly, this newspaper reports (August 23) that, about 60 years ago, a cable-car project was proposed across Marsamxett Harbour, from Sliema Ferries to Hastings Garden, in Valletta, with Manoel Island in between. As we know, this project never took off.
But let’s go back to the future.
Architect Xuereb is arguing that his 300-metre-long bridge proposal will “mean less pollution, fewer people using their cars and [have a] long-term benefit for Valletta, which will feel more connected to places in Sliema”.
Let us assume the government or local councils are interested in developing this public project, what should be the way forward? I would argue for a mix of public consultation and evidence-based policymaking.
In the first instance, funding possibilities would have to be sought for. Given that the government is committed to upgrade Malta’s road network over a seven-year period, would a pedestrian bridge fit within this remit? I think it should, especially when Malta is committed to develop and encourage modal shifts towards alternative forms of transport.
Alternatively, the government can vote specific capital funding or apply for EU funds, the latter also being possible through local council involvement. In the previous legislature, the government spending on capital projects was relaxed, so perhaps this time around the trend can be shifted in a sustainable manner.
Cost-benefit analyses should also be commissioned to verify investment potential of the project, given possible savings elsewhere.
What about the technicalities of the project? Environmental impact studies would have to be carried out on the marine environment, wind impact and other ecological features. This would help stakeholders discuss the issue in an informed manner. This should be so obvious but, very often, we see quite the opposite, for example within the social media, where some people excel in appointing themselves experts of everything. The technical possibilities of development projects require much more than trigger-happy Facebook chats and impulsive decisions by vote-hunters.
This is not to say that public participation is not important. Far from it. Indeed, the participation of the public and various stakeholders can help broaden the debate and create a sense of ownership and belonging to the project, should it proceed.
Local councils directly implicated in this project should have a key role in this regard. The Valletta and Sliema local councils comprise the directly-elected representatives of the respective localities and are directly involved in the day-to-day issues facing residents, businesses, tourists and others.
Let me mention just one example that readily comes to mind. The public beach under Tignè Point is becoming increasingly popular among locals and tourists alike. How will this be impacted by the development of a bridge?
Sliema and Valletta are also characterised by the increased use of bicycles and hats off to that. Given that bicycles comprise clean, light transport, would it be possible to give access to cyclists on the bridge? In the affirmative, what boundaries and limits should be established on usage?
It is by now evident that this development proposal would require a social impact assessment. Mixed sociological and other social-scientific methods should consequently analyse, monitor and manage the intended and unintended social consequences, both positive and negative, of the proposal. It would give considerable importance to dimensions such as culture, perceptions, community, health, well-being and personal and property rights.
The bridge proposal could indeed serve as a case study of truly transparent, democratic and sustainable policymaking. Malta is crying for such processes.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Influenza Vaccines 2017


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Tas-Sliema wirt u niesha


Regulations and Application for Gieh Tas-Sliema 2017 are being distributed door to door and can be also collected at the Local Council office in Depiro street, Tas-Sliema.
Tas-Sliema, Wirt u Niesha 2017 will take place on Wednesday 25 October 7pm at the Salesians Theatre
JOIN THE EVENT PAGE AT:

Monday, August 21, 2017

How to keep track of development applications

Journalist James Debono presents an easy guide on how to use the revamped website of the Planning Authority.

Click here for info.

You may also wish to check Claire Bonello's guide on how to write to the Planning Authority for any queries related to development projects.

Click here for info.

How to report construction infringements: Click here - 


Monday, August 14, 2017

Circular van service for the Sliema community

The Tas-Sliema Local Council is providing the service of a Circular Van for a trial period of 1 month as a pilot project starting this Wednesday 16th August 2017 up to Friday 15th September 2017.

The service is free of charge. Its intent is to facilitate mobility within the locality. The route is the one shown here, whose Stops will be the existing Bus Stops.

The service is being provided every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1000hrs and at 1400hrs.

New information with regards to the Circular Van Service

Route:  Old College Street, Imrabat Street, Rudolph Street, St Mary Street, Madonna tas-Sacro Cuor Street, The Strand, Tigne Seafront, Qui-Si-Sana Seafront, Tower Road, Dingli Street, Dingli Circus, Tower Road and stops at the corner with Old College Street

Stops:  - Old College Street c/w Nazzarene Street
-          Imrabat Street c/w Old College Hill
-          Rudolph Street opposite Anglican Church
-          Rudolph Street c/w St James Street
-          Rudolph Street in front of ex-Imperial Hotel
-          St Mary Street lower part c/w Manwel Dimech Street
-          Madonna tas-Sacro Cuor Street c/w The Strand
-          The Strand near Square Deal
-          Tigne Seafront in front of Nazzarene Church
-          Tigne Seafront in front of the Fortina Hotel
-          Qui-Si-Sana Seafront corner with Dragut Street
-          Qui-Si-Sana Seafront in front of New York Best
-          Tower Road near Preluna Hotel
-          Tower Road in front of ex Tower Palace Hotel
-          Tower Road in front of Diplomat Hotel
-          Dingli Circus

-          Tower Road in front of Expressions



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Planning Authority has failed

A few days ago I was interviewed by Kevin Schembri Orland, The Malta Independent, about the Planning Authority, development and the property market. You can check it out here.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

LifeLong Learning Applications 2017/8

Lifelong learning courses applications will be open from Wednesday 12th July to Friday 4th August.

The information booklet will be distributed in your local council in the coming days.

Courses can be viewed online on www.lifelonglearning.gov.mt

One can apply through various channels:

one can apply online
one can apply at the Directorate's office in Floriana - guidance services will be offered to provide necessary information on level and type of courses - payment is accepted either as card payment or by cheque - opening hours are from 8:30am till 12:00pm
one can apply at the one stop shops in local communities found in;
i. Vittoriosa (Birgu): Leap Center for the Southeastern Region, St Edward Str Vittoriosa
ii. Qormi: Oratory Str, Qormi
iii. Paola: Paola Local Council, Gnein Pawlu Boffa, Triq il-Knisja, Paola
iv. Birkirkara: Birkirkara Social Security District Office, Civic Centre, Floor 1, Triq Tumas Fenech, Birkirkara
v. Qawra Social Security District Office, Leap Centre, Triq il-Frejgatina, Qawra

Payment in the one stop shops is accepted either by card or by cash.

4. one can apply through the local councils - payment can only be accepted by card, if the person only has cash available kindly direct them to the closest one stop shop in the local community.

#Malta

www.lifelonglearning.gov.mt

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Localise not centralise

Are local councils equipped to meet the needs of their respective localities? Do they have enough funds and authority to govern? I believe these are key questions which need thorough debate, especially when local councils are so close to citizens’ everyday needs.
Government funding of local councils has increased in the past years. Indeed, in 2017, Malta’s 68 local councils received a total of €35.5 million from government, an increase of €3.5 million from 2015. High earners include St Paul’s Bay (€1,684,906), Birkirkara (€1,283,056), Mosta (€1,185,524) and Sliema (€1,110,593).
The government will also engage in a road-building programme in the next seven years. It recently announced that it would take over this responsibility from local councils, which are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with hefty demands in this sector.
One expects that in the near future government elaborates on its intentions and consults accordingly. For example, will the road building programme covered by the government include pavements? Will the  government’s plans affect local council funding? Will local councils be responsible just for patching of roads, or would councils still be expected to budget for full-road asphalting? And who will decide on which roads will be prioritised?
Going back to the original question of this article, let us keep in mind that local councils have very limited options for the generation of other revenue. Sure, local councils may apply for EU funds and for discretionary government schemes. They may also generate some revenue through permit fees, adverts and the like.
But it is more than evident that something has to be done to ensure that local councils may adequately cover their growing demands and needs. These include not only infrastructure and waste management, but also educational, cultural and social initiatives which are very important for social cohesion, integration and community building.
Ideally, Malta’s local agenda should emphasise decentralisation to ensure that no government, entity or sector has excessive power. This should be accompanied by subsidiarity, where decisions are taken at the lowest level possible, meaning that decisions which can easily be taken by local councils needn’t be taken by ministers or authorities.
In addition, more state-owned land should be devolved to local councils. This may include public car parks, public buildings and heritage sites. Local councils can then manage such areas in the best interest of the locality, possibly generating funds in the process. Such funds can then be used to help finance local programmes and initiatives.
Unfortunately, Malta’s government is progressively moving towards the other direction. Apart from discretionary schemes referred to earlier in this article, we are witnessing increased centralisation of power.
One key example of this is enforcement. Local councils are frequently at the receiving end of complaints related to illegal street vendors, abusive parking, careless construction practices, noise pollution, illegal littering and so forth. Given that wardens are now under central government control, there is not much that local councils can do to ensure that enforcement takes place. The same applies with regard to other enforcing agencies such as the police, the Building Regulations Office and the Planning Authority.
Centralisation of power gives excessive strength to ministers, who in turn are omnipresent at macro and micro levels in Maltese society. Thus, a local council may require enforcement against abusive practices which affect residents’ quality of life, but this may be prohibited from taking place due to partisan political reasons and patronage.
The centralisation of powers makes citizens and local councils increasingly dependent on ministers, and this can erode the dynamics of local governance. It can also result in increased apathy and lack of initiative.
On the other hand, decentralisation, subsidiarity and devolution can incentivise both local councils and citizens to be more creative and innovative in the governance of localities. It would also help diversify power. In a politically-charged society like Malta, this could enrich democracy, giving more value and legitimacy to local council elections and other similar appointments.

Monday, June 26, 2017

How to petition the PA on Development & Construction

Claire Bonello has prepared a basic guide on how to petition the Planning Authority on development applications and construction practices. You may access it through the following link at Loving  Malta:

https://lovinmalta.com/lifestyle/property/a-dummys-guide-to-petitioning-maltas-planning-authority

Journalist James Debono presents an easy guide on how to use the revamped website of the Planning Authority.

Click here for info.



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sliema waste collection summer schedule

From this coming Sunday all black garbage bags will be collected from 10am around the locality. 

Please make sure NOT to take your garbage out after that time or else it will litter the pavements until Monday evening. 

#BeConsiderate #LoveSliema

(click on images for larger versions)



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Reply to Ralph Cassar regarding resignation from AD

Copy of letter to Ralph Cassar, Secretary General Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party. Today he replied to my resignation letter dated 4th May, by asking me to step down from Sliema Local Council.

Dear Ralph,

Thanks for accepting my resignation. It was a pleasure to represent AD at the Sliema Local Council.
I am pleased to inform you that I will keep representing my Sliema local council constituents who have been electing me since 2003, and that I will responsibly work in the interest of all Sliema residents.
All the best,
Michael
--
Ghaziz Ralph,

Grazzi talli lqajtu r-rizenja tieghi. Kien ta' pjacir nirraprezenta lill-AD fil-Kunsill ta' Tas-Sliema.
Bi pjacir u b'sens ta' responsabilita' ser nibqa nirraprezenta lill-kostitwenti tieghi li ilhom jelleguni mill-2003 fil-Kunsill Lokali ta' Tas-Sliema, u ser nibqa nahdem fl-interess tas-Slimizi kollha.
Tislijiet,
Michael

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Lessons in Maltese & English for Primary Level Students - Sliema Local Council

 Lessons in Maltese and English Reading and Writing for Primary Level Students (both Maltese and foreigners).

  • Each course is made up of 5 two hour lessons.
  • Emphasis will be given to both reading and writing in both languages.
  • Pupils will be put in groups according to their age.
  • The lessons will be held every Friday at 8.30 am at Sliema Local Council or Sliema Primary School.
  • Qualified and experienced teachers.
  • Handouts will be provided for free.
  • Children who attend Summer School will be taken from their classes by the teachers and taken back to class by said teachers.
  • The lessons will be held on  14th, 21st, 28th July ,4th, 11th August
  • The course fee is €20 per child                                                                                                                                       
Anyone interested in sending his child is kindly requested to fill in the form below and submit it together with the payment at the Sliema Local Council by not later than Friday 30th June.

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Name of Student _______________________
School __________________________
Academic year the student has just finished _________________


Mobile number of a parent or guardian of the student ___________


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Electric scooters for elderly persons in Sliema


Elderly residents with mobility problems in Sliema will have the opportunity to drive electric scooters to do their chores as part of a pilot project by NGOs which will commence in June. 

This is a very good example of community empowement through a public-private partnership involving volunteers, NGOs, Local Council, Government and business.

Times of Malta coverage of this can be read here

Skills space for persons with disability opens in Sliema

A skills space for persons with disability has opened in Sliema. It is run by Agenzija Sapport and is situated near Nazzarenu Church.

Read Times of Malta coverage of this here and here.


Sliema Arts Festival cancelled due to late issue of Government call


The Sliema Local Council has cancelled this year's edition of the Sliema Arts Festival as the Cultural Fund for Local Government events and activities was being issued too late.

Read Times of Malta coverage on this here.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Amend Constitution to make local councils more effective, says EU body



Times of Malta reports that according to the EU Chamber of Local Authorities, Malta still faces numerous challenges in the context of conformity with the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government.

You can read more on this here.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Recycling of clothes, shoes, bedsheets, curtains and soft toys



A facility has been created at the Bring in Site in Qui si Sana (just before the tunnels) for the recycling of Clothes, Shoes, Soft Toys, Bedsheets & Curtains).

All clothes and materials are sorted, and those considered to be in good condition are given as charity.

Please make use of this bin appropriately.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

No consultation over relaxation of traffic contraventions

Measure sends message enforcement 'not taken seriously'


Read the Times of Malta article on the lack of consultation over relaxation of traffic contraventions here.