Residents in Msida are growing concerned with an increase in public gatherings on corners of streets in their locality, oftentimes involving alcohol.
These gatherings are often full of workers who would have finished their job for the day and are meeting for a post-work drink. However, the gatherings have irked some residents, especially when they get loud and boisterous, and even more so when the drinking begins at “11am and ends at 8pm”.
“Despite the rules in place, people are getting drunk to the point they get aggressive, loud and urinate and litter in front of our building in Msida,” one resident told Lovin Malta. “They are making life very difficult for residents”.
She noted that though bars and pubs are meant to be closed under COVID-19 measures, there are places “selling cheap beer and providing firm boxes for people to sit and drink on”.
“It is highly unfair for them to operate what is basically a pub, when honest bar owners are forced to be shut,” she lamented.
With her street corner becoming the latest hangout for people to drink at, she complained that she’s now becoming used to opening her front door to find drunk people “who can barely stand up straight”.
“Another problem is that they often get aggressive and bully residents.”
The resident said her complaints had been addressed repeatedly by authorities, only for the gatherings to return.
“Malta is a nice place – I don’t want to see it turned into a ghetto,” she ended.