WATCH: New car park in Marsaxlokk is ready for cars and market hawkers’ vans
The new car park at Marsaxlokk has been inaugurated in what is the first phase of the project of regeneration of this village. The parking area, which is expected to hold 250 cars, was built at an investment of €1.5 million, and is next to the Marsaxlokk football ground.
During the inauguration of the car park, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi said that this project is not simply a parking area, but is an environmental project which includes rural landscaping.
Minister Mizzi added that this project will be easing the traffic problems in Marsaxlokk, as vans belonging to hawkers will be able to park here as well, which will reduce the traffic congestion at Xatt is-Sajjieda, since the promenade will no longer be obstructed by large vehicles.
On his part, the architect involved in the project, Edwin Mintoff, said that this car park is an important step in the improvement of Marsaxlokk and added that in the near future other projects are expected to be inaugurated in the same locality including the areas of Tal-Magħluq and at Xatt is-Sajjieda. Present for the inauguration there was also the Mayor of Marsaxlokk, Horace Gauci, who said that this car park was well-thought out and was carried out with great dedication, giving some much needed breathing space to the village.
The car park, which was the combined effort of Projects Plus, the Foundation for Tourist Zones and the private sector, was built using recycled construction much of which had been dumped at the same site. This car park also includes a water reservoir which can hold around 760 cubic metres of rainwater, which can be used for irrigation, while the paving was made using material through which grass can grow, rather than using concrete.
Meanwhile, studies are being carried out and designs are being made for the next phase of this regeneration project at Marsaxlokk which will now focus on Tal-Magħluq and Xatt is-sajjieda. In all, the Government will have invested around €6 million on improving Marsaxlokk.
See the area before and after the project