Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg went to the Maglio Garden on Monday August 3, where a regeneration project is currently being undertaken by the Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation (GHRC), which will reach a total investment of €4.2 million.
During the visit, Floriana Mayor Davina Sammut Hili was also present.
Speaking during the visit, Minister Borg claimed that the government is very “committed to continue investing in this area, not only because it is a touristic area, but also because it is very important for the residents of these locations”.
He also added that “Floriana is a reference point for all Maltese people travelling to the public transport terminus.”
Committed to the project and to the regeneration of several areas around Malta, Minister Borg claimed that “When we refer to the important of our communities, we mean every community, whether the local town or village one or on a national basis.”
The ministry will continue to work on “improving our open spaces”, as well on “improving accessibility for persons with disability”, all whilst “honouring our country’s heritage and monuments”.
GHRC Chairperson Anthony Agius Decelis made a public appeal to take care of such regeneration projects, as the government through the ministry, along with the GHRC, is investing several funds to bring places that were abandoned for years, back to life.
Agius Decelis added that “It is now up to the Maltese people to see that these places are not vandalised and are maintained up to the level at which the government is returning them to the people.”
Floriana Mayor Davina Sammut stated that the town’s council is “satisfied with the Maglio Garden works”, claiming that “for several yeas we received a lot of complaints, especially regarding the paving”.
The works are set to improve the overall aesthetic nature of the garden, as well as making the garden fit in with the aesthetic of Valletta’s City Gate, Triton Square, Tal-Biskuttin Garden, as well as Floriana’s Argotti Gardens.
Part of the investment includes 7,500 square metres of paving, which will include special paving for people that are visually impaired.
There will also be upgrading of the area in front of the Examinations Department, the installation of new handrails around several monuments, as well as the restoration of the surrounding wall, arches as well as monuments. A new lighting system will also be installed inside and outside the garden.