Four local councils have been given € 81,000 handout between them for the maintenance and servicing of projects undertaken by central government. The money is part of a € 200,000 budget fund which aims to counter the difficulties encountered by local councils in the upkeep of these projects as highlighted by Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Parnis.
The Mdina, Siggiewi, Paola and San Lawrenz Local Councils have benefited from this Capital Projects Fund undertaken by central government. The € 200,000 fund was approved in the budget because the councils have long been complaining they lacked the finances to ensure that projects undertaken by central Government in their localities remained in a good state of repair.
Silvio Parnis said that € 81,000 will be given to four local councils where capital projects will receive attention and maintenance, amongst these the Casino Notabile, Paola square, a garden in San Lawrenz that was inaugurated a few days ago as well as a roundabout in the entrance to Siġġiewi which will be maintained to the highest standards.
Minister Owen Bonnici said that this was yet another initiative in Local Council reform aimed at ensuring that capital project investment was enjoyed by residents.
Minister Bonnici said that he believes that in this the environments and localities of residents could be improved.
The Minister and Parliamentary Secretary distributed the grants to the four councils during a conference that took place at Casino Notabile in Mdina – which is part of the project which will be undergoing maintenance