President George Vella has taken matters into his own hands and called upon Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia to restore San Anton Gardens.
This comes following an influx of negative reactions on social media to the garden’s current state, which is starting to resemble the likes of an abandoned place.
“The President has had enough of receiving complaints about the gardens,” sources close to the President said.
An “upset” President personally called Farrugia and asked him to restore the gardens to their deserved state, Times of Malta reported.
The head of Valletta Cultural Agency, Jason Micallef, had uploaded a batch of photos on social media earlier this week, showing broken pathways and shattered windows, which he described as “the abandonment of San Anton Gardens”.
“It does not make sense that we go around towns saying how we’re going to construct greener spaces when the biggest and most beautiful public garden that Malta has is allowed to fall into this disgraceful state,” Micallef wrote.
“It’s unbelievable that we’ve come to a point where we have to say ‘Let’s save San Anton Gardens’,” he had written in a previous post on the matter.
Micallef’s posts ignited a national discussion on the matter and the state of the gardens was shared and seen all around.
The Office of the President had then come out and clarified that the garden’s maintenance does not fall within the responsibilities of the President himself.
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