Government identifies site in Ħal Far for motor racing-track which will see €20M. investment
Prime Minister Robert Abela announced this morning that the Government and the Motor Sport Association have identified a site in Ħal Far on which the car racing track will be built with an investment of € 20 million.
The international-level track will be built on the site which already serves as a practice ground for sport and no land will be taken outside the development limits (ODZ).
Dr Abela announced this at a cabinet meeting being held this morning at the Basketball Pavilion in Ta’ Qali.
The Prime Minister announced that the plans for this project are complete and the government has a funding model agreed upon with the MotorSport Association and the National Fund for Economic and Social Development, NDSF.
Dr Abela said the investment would benefit the local motorsport community as a whole and would be profitable for decades to come. He announced that the plans that will be presented in the near future have been worked out by German experts at the choice of the Motor Sport Federation.
Regarding the land on which the track will be built, the Prime Minister said that he called for the complete removal of plans that affected an entire community in Birżebbuġa and opted instead for the track to be as far away as possible so as not to cause any nuisance.
He said that today we had a realistic solution that has been worked with the leaders of this sport in Malta and studies have also been carried out on noise so that the residents of Birżebbuġa will not suffer any inconvenience over and above all mitigation measures which will be taken to reduce the impact of an activity that already exists in Ħal Far.
He reiterated that the aim of the Government was to turn this into a professional project for everyone’s enjoyment and make the area a quality attraction.
Reiterating that this was another promise fulfilled, he said that the project had to go through the Planning Authority process after a process of consultation with all those involved.
The President of the Motorsport Federation Duncan Micallef welcomed the news which in his words seems like a dream that will come true.
In response, on social media, Opposition Leader Bernard Grech said after years of promising a motorsport track, the Government had copied the Nationalist Party’s proposal. Dr Grech promised that a Nationalist Government would carry out this proposal forthwith, without making empty promises.