25 years ago, the seaside town of Marsalforn in northern Gozo unveiled a quaint promenade in Qbajjar, just up the road from the hustle and bustle of the touristic restaurant-centre. Now, locals are mourning what was once a beautiful and clean promenade, claiming the area is deteriorating at an alarmingly fast rate.
“It’s been going on for years now, but the filth and rubbish is getting out of hand,” one local told Lovin Malta. “It was once one of the most peaceful and child-friendly places in Gozo.”
Photos sent in to Lovin Malta show unkept weeds, dying plants, damaged pavement, endless cigarette butts and heaps of garbage bags along the promenade. “It’s become one whole pile of rubbish,” the complaint continued.
“Marsalforn does not have a Local Council, but only a committee as part of Żebbug’s Council,” residents told Lovin Malta, going on to say that many people have been raising the issue with the Local Council to what they feel is no avail. “Even petitions get signed, but there have been no significant improvements.”
Rubbish bins and recycling bins have allegedly also been burnt, as locals suggest that installation of cameras might help with the growing issues.