Three projects in favour of improving the life of Valletta residents
Three EU-funded projects seeking to improve the life of Valletta residents are currently underway in the capital. This trilogy of projects will include the replacement of the bridges in Triq il-Funtana, the restoration of the ‘Parapett tal-Blata’ and the restoration of Block No. 4 around Mattia Preti Square.
Parliamentary Secretary Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi explained that this project focuses on the needs of the people, whereby there is regeneration for the purpose of social housing and the surrounding areas with an investment of €3 million from European funds. He stated that these works are part of the regeneration project in the south of Valletta which is being carried out with an investment of €24 million in European funds.
“The regeneration of the Marsamxett area is enhancing this are and prioritising the people at its core. This regeneration is a holistic one in which incorporates various aspects including social, economic, whilst ensuring this is made for everyone to enjoy”, he explained.
In total, five bridges ranging from seven to nine metres will be replaced and will be made more accesible and safe. Regarding the restoration of the “Parapett tal-Blata”, which is a tourist attraction, decorative lighting work, structural reinforcement work as well as underground service systems have already been carried out. The facades will now be restored. The project will directly affect the residents of 25 apartments and 19 garages. Around 32 Maltese balconies and a number of other openings will be replaced or refurbished.
The restoration work of Block No. 4 around Mattia Preti Square started in January. This includes stone restoration, cleaning, wire re-plastering as well as removal of cables and other accumulations. Other works include the fitting of new openings of about 160 windows and 22 balconies. The eight common parts will also be improved.
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