“With these premises, we are giving our capital city what it deserves, not only from a cultural aspect, but also from a social aspect. The council is now more central and accessible to the people at large”, said Minister Owen Bonnici during the inauguration of the new local council offices.
The works were undertaken by the Restoration Directorate within the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government with an investment of €330,000.
Other than the administration offices, the premises also come with two large halls that can be used for different activities and meetings held by the local council and local organisations alike. All this work is a clear demonstration of the deserved commitment towards the community.
During this ceremony, a commemorative plaque was unveiled, and Mayor Alexiei Dingli was handed the keys to the council’s new offices. Mayor Alexiei Dingli said that it is not easy to find premises of this kind. “Not only did this government give us these premises but it helped us to restore it. I would like to heartily thank Minister Bonnici, as I know how much he has followed the work done here”, he added.
Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection and Valletta 2018 Deo Debattista, Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis, Nationalist Party Deputy Leader for Parliamentary Affairs David Agius, Valletta 2018 Chairman Jason Micallef, and President of the Local Councils Association Mario Fava were also present.
The second phase of the restoration works will start immediately, leading to a new health clinic which will be more central and spacious instead of the one at Evans Building.
Works will also be done together with Malta Libraries to install a public lift to access the National Library. There will also be a new local library instead of the one at the primary school so that a better service and a wider choice of books will be given to the residents and the public.