Students have been left out of talks concerning the availability of car park spaces at the university. This construction will take up part of the lower area of Carpark Six (Gateway), which will be part of the construction project, as from next Wednesday.
KSU – Kunsill Studenti Universitarji appealed to the University of Malta to collaborate with them to come up with long-term solutions to solve the congestion problem of excessive road use.
“At this stage we shall be lobbying for more commitment from the university of Malta,” KSU told Lovin Malta. “We will also be reaching out to Transport Malta to identify solutions to the current problem.”
In a press conference regarding the University Construction Projects and transport situation on campus held earlier today, KSU President Carla Galea and Vice President Luke Abela held speeches at the event.
“The University of Malta failed to bring such developments to the attention of the students in an appropriate time frame and it is precisely this issue that led the student body to voice its concerns.”
The works were scheduled to start during the examination period last January but were postponed to a later date following pressure exerted by KSU. In the press release, they highlight the key issue; had the Carpark Six issue been communicated to the Council or students before, the information would have been passed on to all University students much earlier on.
During today’s conference, KSU also emphasised that they are working to make alternative and more sustainable methods to travelling to university more available.
KSU, together with other student organisations, confirmed their position that students welcome the new developments of a number of new Architecture and Education faculties as well as other institutes and departments.
This project is one of another four which are currently ongoing at University which includes the new University Residence, Engineering Labs, the Maths & Physics Extension and the new Sports Complex. A couple of the projects will also include substantial underground parking spaces to make up for lost parking ground, that will be available upon completion of the project. According to the information given to KSU, this is expected to take around two years.