Attard residents were furious to read reports of their local council’s decision to redesign the pavements and embellishing the landscape of the Ta’ Fgieni garden in Triq il-Katlan, especially since it involved the repositioning of trees to make way for more parking area.
And while a great deal of online backlash erupted following the news, the Attard Local Council has now come out to clarify the situation, calling some of the reports on the matter “totally misleading”.
“Said project includes only the redesign and landscaping of the whole area including new pavements and recessed lights, which presently is in a disorganised stated,” the Local Council asserted. “The Council opted for this design as the present pavements are in a bad state and once it was decided to embellish the area, a new design was chosen whilst retaining and making up for the loss of trees in other areas around Malta.”
“In fact, the Council is very proactive when it comes to greenery, and it even participated and was awarded funds for the Urban Greening Project,” the statement continues.
As for the alleged uprooting of trees that had people rushing to angrily comment online, the Attard Local Council pledged that these would actually “just be re-positioned”
“Furthermore, we confirm that 10 further trees (Ola Europea) will be added in the same garden to further enhance the scenery in the area,” the statement continues, going on to say, “the Local Council will be holding a meeting with all residents of the area to further explain the technicalities of the project”.
Yesterday, residents had been left fuming and took the matter to social media, where they engaged on a discussion regarding the problems of dust and noise pollution.
“There are currently 18 parking spaces, nine on each side,” one Facebook comment read of the small Attard garden. “The new project will see 21 (in total). Chopping mature trees for three more parking spaces. Pathetic.”
Other people pointed out that exiting the new parking space would require reversing into oncoming traffic, noting that “with parallel parking, you get to have a better view of oncoming traffic rather than creeping blindly and hoping for the best”.