Eight municipalities will benefit from funding of just over €400,000 between them from the “Capital Projects – Accessibility and Mobility” scheme.
Speaking at a press conference at Hastings Garden in Valletta on Saturday, Parliamentary Secretary Alison Zerafa Civelli said the government recognized the challenges local councils face in ensuring the same quality of life for all.
Building on the funding launched in 2020, this program is being launched to help local councils achieve their vision for their respective communities and be able to provide a level playing field for all residents.
“The aspect of equal opportunities is a very important indicator of the level of social development in the country,” said Zerafa Civelli.
Local councils benefiting from the funds include Attard local council which will carry out new pavements for greater accessibility, St Julian’s local council for the purchase of an electric van, Valletta local council for accessible public amenities in Hastings Garden, and the local council in Senglea which will provide lift access.
In addition, the Town Hall of Santa Luċija will set up a tent in an inclusive garden, the Town Hall of Rabat will buy a van for people with reduced mobility, the Town Hall of Għajnsielem will install bollards for more security and access on foot, and finally , Għarb Local Council will continue to facilitate road and square services.
The Director of Strategy and Policy Implementation within the Local Government Division was also present at the conference.
“It is the right of everyone to lead a free and independent life. Therefore, we emphasize that local residents and those who visit the localities or participate in the social life of our communities, must have easy access to all necessary daily services,” she said.
The respective mayors of the eight local councils as well as local government leadership representatives were all present at the conference.